NA-F2000: Teams prepare for next races at Mosport regional race

Zetec Championship Teams use Canadian Regional race to prepare for next races. ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (May 10, 2002) --This coming weekend a number of Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship will take part in the British Empire Motor Club CASC...

Zetec Championship Teams use Canadian Regional race to prepare for next races.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (May 10, 2002) --This coming weekend a number of Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship will take part in the British Empire Motor Club CASC Regional race at Mosport International Raceway.

Expected to contest the two-day even are AIM Autosport, Cape Motorsports, PR1 Motorsports, Richard Morgan Racing and John Walko Racing. The teams and drivers will use the Canadian Regional event to work on setups and become more familiar with the 2.459-mile road course.

Since the Zetec Championship last competed at Mosport in 2000, the track has undergone significant renovations. A new pitlane was constructed, with the pit exit now after turn one, runoff area was increased throughout the track, several turns had visibility increased and the track was repaved and widened to 40 feet.

Given the changes to the track and the introduction of the 2.0-liter Zetec engine, the current qualifying lap record of 1:21.094 (110.30 MPH) set by Ian Lacy and race lap record of 1:21.682 (108.377 MPH) set by James Hanson are expected to be broken. Thus far in testing and at the season-opening doubleheader, Zetec Championship cars have been three to five seconds quicker than previous lap records at various tracks. Officially any new lap record will not be set until the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend, May 17-19, 2000. During the Victoria Day race weekend, featuring SCCA Trans-Am cars producing in excess of 650 horsepower, the 160 horsepower Zetec Championship cars are expected to be the fastest car competing.

"I'm really looking forward to racing at Mosport," said series veteran and Canadian driver JW Urlin. "I'm real comfortable driving here on my home track, so it's a good track to work on stuff with the car. We're going to use the Regional race weekend to further develop the car and prepare for the Victoria Day race weekend."

Rounds Three and Four of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship commences Wednesday, May 15, 2002, with optional testing for the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend at Mosport International Raceway.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Ian Lacy