NA-F2000: Russell champs dominate at Road Atlanta

SONOMA, Calif. (September 29, 2000): “ Jim Russell Racing Drivers School champions Aaron Justus, Ian Lacy and Tom Dyer stormed the track at the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta with five podium finishes and both U.S. F2000 National Championship ...

SONOMA, Calif. (September 29, 2000): “ Jim Russell Racing Drivers School champions Aaron Justus, Ian Lacy and Tom Dyer stormed the track at the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta with five podium finishes and both U.S. F2000 National Championship titles. Coming into Round 12 of the series with 267 points, Justus, from Crestline, Calif., only needed to finish 18th or better to win the F2000 title. He finished 4th. On Saturday, with the championship decided, Justus still turned in an aggressive performance by finishing third. Lacy, a two-time Russell champion from Las Vegas, Nev., came to Atlanta in third place and won his second race of the series on Friday. He finished second in Saturday's race, cementing second place in the championship. Dyer, a San Rafael, Calif. Russell graduate, finished first both Friday and Saturday to capture the American Continental Championship (ACC) title. Justus also completed a near-perfect triumph at last weekend's Road to Indy Oval Crown Championship, winning all three races, capturing all three poles with new lap records, posting two fastest race laps and leading 148 of the 150 laps. In addition, Justus became the second driver to win every round of a United States Auto Club sanctioned championship. Previously, that feat was accomplished in the 1983 USAC Pro Ford Championship by Jeff Andretti, son of legendary Mario Andretti. 2000 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series Champion Timothy Barber, San Francisco, Calif., collected his prize of a ride with Prymus Racing. Qualifying 25th in a 32-car field, Barber raced his way up to 16th place, but an off-course excurion in Turn 12 moved him into a 19th place finish. On Saturday, he again qualified 25th and was running 15th until his race car was damaged while trying to avoid a spinning car. Barber finished 23rd after completing 15 of 18 laps. "Prymus Racing and the mechanics did a great job of preparing my car," said Barber. "Unfortunately, I ran into a little bad luck in Turn three. This is a great start for next year and I plan to return to run for the championship." Founded in 1957, Jim Russell Racing Drivers School (www.russellracing.com) is the oldest and one of the most respected racer development organizations in the world. Headquartered at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California, the Official Racing School of the U.S. Auto Club has produced many famous graduates, including Jacques Villeneuve, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jimmy Vasser and Casey Mears. For more information about the Series, call (707) 939-7600; (800) 733-0345.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Casey Mears , Jimmy Vasser , Mario Andretti , Emerson Fittipaldi , Ian Lacy , Tom Dyer