NA-F2000: Trois-Rivieres Preview

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (July 28, 1999) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision goes to Trois-Rivieres as part of Le Grand Prix Player’s de Trois-Rivieres weekend with a tight race for the Drivers’ Championship. ...

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (July 28, 1999) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision goes to Trois-Rivieres as part of Le Grand Prix Player’s de Trois-Rivieres weekend with a tight race for the Drivers’ Championship. Le Grand Prix Player’s de Trois-Rivieres is Round Ten of the 14-Race U.S. F2000 season. The 32-lap, 48.192-mile race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the Speedvision Network Friday, August 20 at 10:00 p.m. The will be the second trip across the border into Canada. In May, the series ran a doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway. Jointly sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and the United States Auto Club, U.S. F2000 National Championship boasts the best up-and-coming talent in open-wheel racing today, and it's cut-throat competition has put it at the top of motor racing entertainment for North American race fans. A new association with the Speedvision Network also brings exciting, prime-time television broadcasts into 22 million homes across North America. After a doubleheader weekend at the Road Atlanta road course, the series makes it’s only appearance on a street circuit at Trois-Rivieres, Que. Hometown hero and reigning Rookie of the Year Marc-Antoine Camirand (No. 96 Player’s/Key Motorsports Van Diemen Ford) looks to increase his 12-point advantage (184-172) over English rookie sensation Dan Wheldon (No. 5 Jayhard/Primus Racing Van Diemen Ford). Camirand is coming off two podium finishes at Road Atlanta in which he regained the championship lead. Wheldon has three wins on the season (Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Mosport Race Two, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), but did not fare well last weekend at Road Atlanta, finishing 26th and 24th after experiencing electrical problems. Andy Lally (No. 72 Carbir Motorsports Carbir Ford) and Aaron Justus (No. 24 Cape/Torco Racing Lubricants Van Diemen Ford) look to build on their wins at Road Atlanta in Race One and Two, respectively. Justus’ second win of the season has propelled him into sixth in the standings with 115 points. Lally, who just switched to the Carbir chassis, scored the manufacturer’s first ever win in the U.S. F2000 National Championship. Poised to use the busy mid-season stretch to make a run at the championship, is Steve Rikert (No. 4 Richard Morgan Racing Van Diemen Ford). Rikert has been very consistent all year never finishing outside the top-nine and scored his first-ever win the series two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Other drivers in the top-10 waiting for their opportunity to climb to the top of the podium include Bobby Oergel (No. 19 DSTP Motorsports/Quicksilver Mygale Ford), T.J. Bell (No. 23 El Dorado/MiR/Feature Graphics Van Diemen Ford), Mark E. Dismore (No. 13 Monster.com Van Diemen Ford), Jonathan Bottoms (No. 3 Roppe/Team Great Northern Van Diemen Ford) and Daniel Muniz (No. 7 Texaco/Havoline/Visa Aval Van Diemen Ford). Other drivers looking to break out at Le Player’s Grand Prix include Alejandro Garcia (No. 8 Indigo Racing/Dixie Numerics Van Diemen Ford), Tommy Constantine (No. 16 Mexmil Van Diemen Ford), Rolando Quintanilla (No. 40 Tecate/Quaker State/Roquin Van Diemen Ford), Laval, Que. resident Martin Guimont (No. 80 Orion Motorsports Van Diemen Ford) and Harold Primat (No. 77 Primland Resort Van Diemen Ford).

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers T.J. Bell , Dan Wheldon , Andy Lally , Harold Primat , Tommy Constantine