NA-F2000: Urlin shines at Watkins Glen doubleheader

May 21, 2001 JW Urlin of London, Ontario, achieved two excellent seventh-place finishes May 19 and 20 as the US Formula 2000 series stopped in for a double-header at Watkins Glen, New York. In both races, rounds four and five of the National ...

May 21, 2001

JW Urlin of London, Ontario, achieved two excellent seventh-place finishes May 19 and 20 as the US Formula 2000 series stopped in for a double-header at Watkins Glen, New York. In both races, rounds four and five of the National Championship, the eighteen-year-old former karting champion emerged from starting positions deep in the twenty-seven car field.

In qualifying sessions held on Friday, JW gridded his car seventeenth for the Saturday start and a lowly twentieth for yesterday's race.

"We've always struggled a bit in qualifying, but we just couldn't get a break on Friday," he reported. "The weather kept changing and that was extra tough on us because we're just a small team."

Urlin has shown good form in all the races so far this season, making up for mid-pack qualifying runs. At Watkins Glen, he was able to provide a glimpse of just how good he is in race conditions.

JW skillfully threaded his Budget/London Auto Glass/OTM Motorsports car through to seventh place in both races. Sunday's effort was particularly notable as he gained thirteen positions over the course of sixteen laps around the scenic track set in the Finger Lakes district.

On Saturday, after gaining ten positions during the race, JW was rewarded with the Taylor Engineering "Shark" Award.

"We had the car working well in the races," he said happily. "I was confident with the car and was able to get good results. I kept gaining places right to the end, so I think if I'd qualified better we could have had a couple of top-fives this weekend."

The excellent results have inspired JW and the team, giving them momentum as they head to round six in Indianapolis next Saturday.

"I had my best result of last year in Indianapolis," said JW. "I finished sixth so I'm really hoping this will be my shot at getting a top five. If things go well, maybe I can even get on the podium."

-MJ

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