NA-F2000: Urlin eager to get back to racing at Mid-Ohio

US Formula 2000 competitor JW Urlin is raring to get back in action this weekend after missing the last race event. The eighteen-year-old London, Ontario, resident, who aspires to a career as a professional race driver, was in a schoolroom last ...

US Formula 2000 competitor JW Urlin is raring to get back in action this weekend after missing the last race event. The eighteen-year-old London, Ontario, resident, who aspires to a career as a professional race driver, was in a schoolroom last month when the US based series went to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and now he's more than ready to get back in the cockpit. This week, USF2000 competitors are assembling at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a race on August 11.

Although Urlin's dream is to compete in the top levels of open-wheel racing, he has no intention of sacrificing his education. His scholarly goal is to attain a Master of Business Administration degree, with sights on International Business. Last month, the talented young racer was forced to make a choice between the glamour and excitement of racing or going to school. It was a gut-wrenching decision, but he chose to remain home and concentrate on an upgrade course needed for university acceptance.

"My education has always been important, right from day one of my racing career," said the former karting champion. "It was hard to just sit down and tell myself I wasn't going racing, but it was the best thing for me to do. I would have had to miss three days of school to go to Elkhart Lake."

Urlin last raced on June 10th and is understandably craving to get back behind the wheel of his Budget Rent-a-Car / OTM Motorsports machine. He's fired up and confident following his extended break from competition.

"I'm expecting a good result this weekend," Urlin said. "I've had some good races, but qualifying has been a problem because we are a smaller team. We have information coming from just one car, not two or three and that always holds us back a bit. The races usually go well, but I always have to make up for the qualifying shortfall. I'm determined to qualify well for this race. If I can start in the top ten, I think I'll be shooting for a top-five finish."

Twice this year, Urlin has been awarded a Taylor Engineering Shark Award for impressive drives that have seen him gain as many as eleven positions during a race.

This Saturday's race, being held in conjunction with CART's Miller Lite 200 is scheduled to begin at 3:15pm. Qualifying will take place on Friday at 5:00pm.

- Www.jwurlin.com

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