NA-F2000: Urlin Mid-Ohio race notes

London, Ontario's, JW Urlin put on a great show yesterday in the US Formula 2000 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio. Urlin finished tenth, not bad for someone who thought he was going home early after his engine exploded...

London, Ontario's, JW Urlin put on a great show yesterday in the US Formula 2000 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio. Urlin finished tenth, not bad for someone who thought he was going home early after his engine exploded on the first lap of practice on Friday.

With a spare engine borrowed from another team, eighteen-year-old JW was able to participate in a qualifying session on Friday afternoon and placed his Budget Rent-A-Car / OTM Motorsports car fourteenth on the grid for Saturday's race.

"I came here hoping to qualify in the top ten," said Urlin, "But considering what we went through just to get the car on the track to qualify, I'm happy with fourteenth. I also came here looking for a top five finish, but I think that's a tall order now. I'll do my best."

In the first third of the 25-lap race, JW charged from fourteenth to ninth and it appeared that he might have a run at the top five. However, as he worked he way into the top ten, the field ahead was spreading out and, with one exception on lap two, there were no full-course cautions to bunch up the cars.

His car's handling deteriorating slightly, JW continued to gain on groups of cars battling ahead of him, but eventually dropped back to tenth where he finished the race.

"In the first part of the race, things went really well, but the handling started to go away later," recalled JW. "The back wasn't holding well. I was getting quite a bit of wheel spin out of the corners and through the fast turns, like corner one, the car was sideways. It sure kept my attention!

"Overall, I'm happy with this weekend's result, but we have only two races left in the season and I'm getting very hungry for a top-five finish. We'll be pulling out all the stops in Daytona."

USF2000 now takes a five-week break before a season-ending double-header event at Daytona International Speedway, September 15-16.

-MJ

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