NA-F2000: Road Atlanta Race One Results

LALLY, CARBIR TAKES FIRST F2000 WINS AT ROAD ATLANTA BRASELTON, Ga. - Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., took his first career U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win, and recorded the first win for the Carbir chassis at the...

LALLY, CARBIR TAKES FIRST F2000 WINS AT ROAD ATLANTA

BRASELTON, Ga. - Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., took his first career U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win, and recorded the first win for the Carbir chassis at the first of two Southern Dash Weekend races at Road Atlanta. T.J. Bell, of Sparks, Nev., finished second, followed by Canadian Marc-Antoine Camirand. Lally, driving the No. 72 Carbir Motorsports Carbir Ford for the first time, took the lead from Bell's No. 23 Eldorado/MiR/Feature Graphics Van Diemen Ford on lap 17 as the course went yellow for two separate incidents. The 20-lap, 50.0-mile contest ended under caution, giving Lally a 0.395-second win. The race started under dry conditions, but rain began to fall on lap 10, causing for damp conditions for the remainder of the 39 minute, 23.028 second race. "We were looking top-five when the race began, but as soon as the rain started I knew I could go for the lead," said Lally, who started 10th. "I love the rain. It equalizes everything--setup means nothing and it all comes down to driver skill. This feels great." Bell, who started 13th, took the lead from Camirand, who tangled with polesitter Aaron Justus and fell back to sixth, on lap 11. Once the track became damp, he fell under attack from Lally and held off Camirand as the course went yellow. "I've never driven the car in the rain," said Bell. "In fact I've only driven Go-Karts in the rain. Andy and I came up to the bridge on the back straight side-by-side and I saw the yellow and backed off. Andy roared by. It still feels great to be back on the podium." Camirand closed to within 12 points of Dan Wheldon, 171 to 159, with his third place finish in the No. 96 Key Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. Wheldon had an electrical problem and finished 26th. "It's a new championship," said Camirand. "I've come back in the points. I had a great start, but I got pushed out of the draft on the straight and dropped back. We finished third, I'm happy about that--the championship is the key." Early leader Mark Dismore, of Greenfield, Ind., finished fourth, with teammate Daniel Muniz, of Costa Rica in fifth. Justus also led early, but slid off the course and out of the race on lap 16. Georges Forgeois, of New York, N.Y., took the American Continental Championship win for older cars, giving local team owner Mike Johnson, of Gainesville, Ga., the team's second win of the season.

BRASELTON, Ga. - Results from Saturday's 20-lap, 50.0-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round Eight race, part of the Southern Dash Weekend at Road Atlanta, with position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, class, car, laps complete and reason out (if any). 1. (10), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Carbir Ford, 20. 2. (13), T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 3. (4), Marc-Antoine Camirand, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 4. (2), Mark Dismore (R), Greenfield, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 5. (5), Daniel Muniz (R), San Jose, Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 6. (8), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 7. (9), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 8. (12), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 9. (15), Tommy Constantine (R), Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 10. (16), Martin Guimont (R), Laval, Que., Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 11. (17), Jacek Mucha, Laval, Que., Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 12. (11), Harold Primat (R), New York, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 13. (21), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 14. (20), Georges Forgeois (R), New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 15. (22), Mike Durand (R), Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 16. (23), Brett Harrison (R), Everett, Wash., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 17. (6), Bobby Oergel, Fresno, Calif., F2A, Mygale Ford, 20. 18. (27), Richard Zober (R), Yardley, Pa., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 19. (18), Guy Cosmo, South Selauket, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 20. (28), Galen Puccini (R), Simi Valley, Calif., F2A, Carbir Ford, 20. 21. (14), Bryce Miller (R), Bernardsville, N.J., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 22. (1), Aaron Justus, Vista, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 16, SPIN. 23. (7), Andrew Davis (R), Lilburn, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 10, SPIN. 24. (26), Eric Scheper (R), Columbia, S.C., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 10, MECH. 25. (19), Mike Johnson, Gainsville, Ga., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 7, MECH. 26. (3), Dan Wheldon (R), England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 4, ELEC. 27. (24), Greg Schings (R), Lexington, Ky., ACC, Citation Ford, 0, DNS. 28. (25), Chas Shaffer (R), Catlett, Va., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.

Time of race: 39 minutes, 23.028 seconds. Average speed: 76.173 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: .39499 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-2, No. 13 Dismore; lap 3, No. 96 Camirand; lap 4, No. 24 Justus; laps 5-10, No. 96 Camirand; laps 11-16, No. 23 Bell; laps 17-19, No. 72 Lally. Fastest race lap: No. 23 T.J. Bell, 1:25.689 (105.031 mph) Cautions: Two for seven laps.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Mark Dismore , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Guy Cosmo , T.J. Bell , Jacek Mucha , Dan Wheldon , Rolando Quintanilla , Andy Lally , Harold Primat , Aaron Justus , Galen Puccini , Richard Zober , Andrew Davis , Georges Forgeois , Mike Johnson , Tommy Constantine , Bryce Miller , Brett Harris