NA-F2000: Urlin relieved race postponed

JW Urlin, the eighteen-year-old driver of the Budget Rent-A-Car / London Auto Glass car remains home in London, Ontario, this weekend following the postponement of the US Formula 2000 season finale. The event, comprising two USF2000 races, was ...

JW Urlin, the eighteen-year-old driver of the Budget Rent-A-Car / London Auto Glass car remains home in London, Ontario, this weekend following the postponement of the US Formula 2000 season finale. The event, comprising two USF2000 races, was scheduled to run in Daytona, Florida, today and tomorrow, but was called off following Tuesday's tragic acts of terrorism in the United States.

The talented young racer who, has a total of ten Canadian, US and North American karting titles to his credit, was particularly looking forward to this weekend as his car, which is normally prepared and maintained by the underfunded OTM Motorsports team, was to run out of the Cape Motorsport camp. Cape is regarded as one of the premier teams in the series. While disappointed not to be racing, Urlin fully supports the decision to put off the event.

"What happened on Tuesday was unbelievable," Urlin commented. "And I think it's just starting to sink in, so I don't know how well I'd have been able to concentrate.

"I don't think I would have been able to get to Daytona in time anyway. I was supposed to fly on Wednesday and once all the flights were cancelled I thought I'd drive, but there just wasn't time, especially with the lines at the border. I was relieved to hear they will reschedule the races."

A new date has not yet been scheduled, but JW is looking forward to racing with Cape, a team that has fielded three cars through most of the 2001 season.

"I've always been on a one-car team," said JW. "So I think it will be very different for me to work with teammates. In practice, the team can send the cars out with slightly different set ups to hunt down the best balance quickly. I think things will move along much faster than I'm used to, because the team's engineers will take the information from all the cars and pool it together.

JW has been targeting a top-five finish all season. He's come close a couple of times and regularly beats some of the 'big team' drivers, but breaking through to the top has appeared impossible.

"I think the races with Cape will be a breakthrough for me. A chance to show what I can do." forecasts JW. "I'm not expecting to win, though I'll be trying my best, but I'm totally confident of finishing in the top five... and that will make me very, very happy."

-CM/OTMM

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