Zetec Championship teams tryout VIR. ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (August 2, 2002) --During the current break in the 2001 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship season, teams recently took part in a two-day test at Virginia International ...
Zetec Championship teams tryout VIR.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (August 2, 2002) --During the current break in the 2001 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship season, teams recently took part in a two-day test at Virginia International Raceway.
Conducted early in the week, AIM Autosport, Cape Motorsports, JDC Motorsports, Pabst Racing Services, Richard Morgan Racing and Roquin Motorsports all took part in the test. In hot and humid conditions, the teams worked on various car setups for the picturesque 3.27-mile road course. In two full days of testing, no incidents occurred, while several drivers completed more than 100 laps. While official timing and scoring was not present, a number of drivers are understood to have posted laps better than 1:52.0. This time is well under the current Formula Continental lap record of 1:54.8 and just slightly faster than the SCCA Atlantic class record of 1:52.1. Given the weather conditions, it is expected that the pole sitter for the races at VIR in late October, will be upwards of a second quicker in the cooler conditions. The races in late October will mark the Zetec Championship's first-ever appearance at VIR, called by many as one of the best racing track in North America, and will feature the final two rounds of the 2001 championship season.
"The track is really fun to drive," said Edouard Aube, who posted one of the fastest unofficial times during the test. "The team did an excellent job. We tried various setup and found some things that should help us a lot the rest of the season. I'm looking forward to the next race at Mid-Ohio and coming back here at the end of the season."
"I like this track," said Tonis Kasemets, who won the previous Round in the Zetec Championship at Mid-Ohio. "It's very fast, very interesting and very hard. You won't learn it in one day. It definitely favors drivers who have experience on it. When we race here in October, it should be one of the best races all year."
The 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship continues with Rounds Nine and Ten at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 10-11, as part of the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.