Jones Captures First Career Pole at Sebring SEBRING, FLA. (March 14, 2002) --Jeffrey Jones, of Sarasota, Fla., captured the pole for Friday's Round Two race of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship season at Sebring International Raceway.
Jones Captures First Career Pole at Sebring
SEBRING, FLA. (March 14, 2002) --Jeffrey Jones, of Sarasota, Fla., captured the pole for Friday's Round Two race of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship season at Sebring International Raceway. Completing the top-three was Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, and Anthony Massari, of Miami, Fla. The top ACC qualifier was Doug Smith, of Plantation, Fla.
Unlike the past three days, qualifying for Round Two was run under heavy fog early in the morning. Early in the session it appeared that the fog was lifting and number of drivers attempted to post quick times, with times being in the high 2:05's. As the session progressed the fog returned and conditions varied from corner to corner. Not deterred the drivers began going quicker and at the halfway mark of the session, Sellers, in the No. 3 Yes Network/3 Dimensional Services/Arai Helmets/Sparco/Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, had posted a fast time of 2:04.734.
Driving the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, Massari quickly responded, posting a time of 2:04.950 to move into second position. With 10-minutes remaining in the session Jones, driving the No. 2 JCI Chemicals/Winchester/Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, posted a lap of 2:04.423 (107.054 mph) to jump to the top of the charts. At the closing stages, Sellers attempted to better Jones' time, but went off course, ensuring Jones his first career Zetec Championship pole and an all Cape Motorsports front-row.
"We knew given the colder weather, times would be quicker today," said Jones, who contested the British Formula 3 Championship last year. "The conditions kept changing, so you were always looking for more grip and we probably could have gone quicker. I'm really pleased for Cape Motorsports. They've worked really hard and deserve the one-two start."
"It was a rough session," said Sellers, who has the pole for Round One on Thursday. "We made some changes last night expecting it to be hot, but obviously we went the wrong way. I heard Jeffrey's [Jones] time late in the session and just pushed a little to hard."
"Things are just gelling between myself and JDC Motorsports," said Massari. "We battled some problems early in testing, but things have been getting better every session. I want to make the most of this opportunity."
Completing the top-five for Race Two was Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, Ont., Can., who was runner-up in the Canadian F1600 Championship last year and Luis Schiavo, of Caracas, Venezuela, who raced in STAR Mazda in 2001.