NA-F2000: Season finale banquet honors winners

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (October 3, 2000) ^× Following the season-finale at Sebring International Raceway this past weekend, the U.S. F2000 National Championship presented by Speedvision honored its champions at the annual awards banquet. Capturing ...

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (October 3, 2000) ^× Following the season-finale at Sebring International Raceway this past weekend, the U.S. F2000 National Championship presented by Speedvision honored its champions at the annual awards banquet.

Capturing top-honors this year was Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Ore. LaPoint, driving for Richard Morgan Racing, captured the championship with a ninth place finish at the season-finale. The 24 year-old, Florida-based driver had an outstanding season in 2001. In the thirteen-race season, LaPoint finished in the top-10 eleven times, had six podium finishes, including five in a row, and won one race. In addition, he captured three pole positions, led 33 laps, set two new lap records and posted the fastest race lap twice. LaPoint, becomes the second consecutive American-born driver to win the championship, and the second driver in the past three years to win both the National Championship and the Greg Moore Rookie of the Year Award.

In an exceptional season, in which he finished second overall, Billy Asaro won the Road To Indy Oval Crown Championship. Asaro, of Unionville, Ont., Can., captured the three-race championship in commanding fashion. He finished on the podium in all three races and won one race, leading 26 laps. Asaro becomes the first Canadian driver to win the Oval Crown Championship.

For the second straight year a driver driving the American-built Carbir captured the American Continental Championship. Scott Rubenzer, of Brookfield, Wis, won the class for older cars, after an epic battle with a fellow competitor. In the ten-race season, Rubenzer finished on the podium in all but one race, captured four pole positions, won four times and led the most laps three times.

As well as honoring the champions, the banquet acknowledged the Road To Indy Oval Crown Championship Rookie of the Year, third place and runner-up in both the National and American Continental Championships, the Rising Star award winner, the Best Presented Team of the Year, Team of the Year, Engineer of the Year, Mechanic of the Year, Most Completed laps, Engine Builder of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year.

For the third consecutive year the Oval Crown Rookie of Year was a driver who had never seen an oval prior to racing in U.S. F2000. Winning the award in 2001 was Peter Gray, of Aberdeen Scotland. Gray, finished seventh in the championship with a best finish of third place.

In the National Championship third place went to Doug Bell, of St.Albans, England. Bell, a rookie, captured three podium finishes, two wins and one pole position during the season. The runner-up in the Championship by a mere eight points, was Asaro, with seven podium finishes and three race wins.

In the American Continental Championship third place went to Aaron Ellis, of New Palestine, Ind. Ellis finished on the podium in three of the five races he contested. Finishing as runner-up, just 11 points adrift, was Billy Hagar, of Tuttle, Okla. Hagar captured eight podium finishes and three wins in the championship.

The Rising Star Award, which is given out annually by the series driving coaches, went to Tom Dyer in 2002. Dyer, of San Rafael, Calif., was honored for his dedication to becoming a better driver. Dyer finished eighth in the championship with two podium finishes and one pole position.

The newly created Best Presented Team Award went to Roquin Motorsports. Roquin earned the award with its stunning paint jobs on its cars, and its professionalism at the track.

The 2001 Team of the Year award went to Key Motorsport. The Canadian-based team captured the award by scoring 56 points in the team championship, eight ahead of second-place. In addition to winning the award, team Chief Engineer, Yvan Turcotte, was awarded the Engineer of the Year Award. Turcotte, was honored for leading a rejuvenated Asaro to second in the championship and assisting the team in capturing the team championship.

For his tireless work ethic, and preparation of the championship winning car, William Paul, of Richard Morgan Racing, was awarded the Mechanic of the Year award. Paul, received a certificate for a three-day competition school at the Jim Russell Racing School.

For the first time in 2001, the driver who completed the most laps throughout the season was honored. Memo Rojas led the way completing 324 out 326 laps. For doing so Rojas receives a test in the defending Grand-Am SRPII Champion car of Archangel Motorsport Services.

For the eleventh-consecutive, year the Engine Builder of the Year trophy was awarded to Quicksilver RacEngines, while the Manufacturer of the Year trophy was given to Van Diemen for the ten-straight year.

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Allan Craighead Director of Public Relations U.S. F2000 National Championship P.O Box 11024 87 Fairfield Rd. Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973) 575-2626 (303) 883-8521 Cell

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Memo Rojas , Aaron Ellis , Greg Moore , Billy Asaro , Tom Dyer