PRENDEVILLE SCORES FIRST F2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WIN AT WATKINS GLEN Andersen Racing driver beat Minor and Marcelli to the checkered flag in Round Six WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 15, 2008) -- Doug Prendeville made the most of a mid-race...
PRENDEVILLE SCORES FIRST F2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WIN AT WATKINS GLEN
Andersen Racing driver beat Minor and Marcelli to the checkered flag in Round Six
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 15, 2008) -- Doug Prendeville made the most of a mid-race restart on Sunday (June 15) to capture his first-ever F2000 Championship Series Presented by Hoosier Racing win at Watkins Glen International. Joining the Andersen Racing driver in the post-race celebrations for Round Six were Ski Motorsports' Tim Minor and Brian Graham Racing's Kyle Marcelli.
Under ideal clear and sunny skies, the second race of the F2000 Championship doubleheader at Watkins Glen commenced with Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn leading the field to green flag, thanks to a new lap record in morning qualifying. Going three and four-wide into the tight right-handed first turn, the championship leader retained the lead ahead of Prendeville, who had moved up from his third place starting position Front-row starter Kyle Marcelli found space in the train to take over third. Attacking the fast road course on cold tires, Krohn quickly established a multi-car advantage on Prendeville and Marcelli, who were in turn pulling away from the trio of R-Sport's Mike Mazziotti, JDC MotorSports' Chris Miller and St. Clair Motorsports' Matthew Inge. That all changed on lap three when the yellow flags waved for VS Racing's Keegan VanSicklen and Piper Racing's Brian Novak, who made contact with one another in turn one. Team Piper's Jesse Yorio and Greisiger Motorsports' Chris Gumprecht went off-course as well.
When the green flag waved on lap seven to resume the action, it was not long before more drama ensued. Krohn immediately came under attack from not only Prendeville, but also Marcelli, Minor, Andersen Racing's Jonny Baker and Audette Racing's Remy Audette. Entering the braking zone for turn one now four-wide, Prendeville took over the lead ahead of Minor, Krohn, Audette and Marcelli. Unfortunately for Baker, his race was over within just a single corner due to contact. As Prendeville and Minor pulled away, it became apparent that Krohn had a damaged car as well as he was lost several spots before eventually retiring with a mechanical failure. Out front, Prendeville held off some early pressure from Minor before steadily building a multi-car advantage.
While the fight for the win was cooling off, the battle for position behind Prendeville was intensifying. Audette briefly retained third place, before sliding off-course in the Bus Stop, promoting Marcelli into the final podium position. Even more entertaining, a four-driver fight including Inge, Fat Boy Racing's Charles Finelli, ADSA/Wright Racing's Bob Wright and GTP Motorsports' Tom Fatur saw the quartet dice for fourth through seventh place. For over three laps, the order repeatedly shuffled before Inge moved out front of the pack as Finelli retired with an engine failure.
Prendeville was certainly the driver of the day, leading the entire second half of the 13-lap race as the American scored his first-ever F2000 Championship Series win, reaching the line over four seconds ahead of his competition. Crossing the stripe in second place, Minor earned his first podium result of the season and was named the GTP Race Components Masters Award winner, scoring 69 points during the doubleheader. Marcelli earned back-to-back podium results at Watkins Glen, finishing third in Round Six, leading Inge and Fatur to the start/finish. Front Range Motorsports' Mark Felsen and ADSA/Wright Racing's Al Guibord Sr. shared the G. JEZARIAN Pass Master Award, improving 20 positions in the two races at Watkins Glen.
The 2008 edition of the F2000 Championship Series Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire resumes on July 12-13 at the technical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Entering the fourth event of the season, Krohn will lead the championship (256-195) over Inge, although the competition is showing increased consistency, which could intensify the action as the series works through its '08 schedule.
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