NA-F2000: Urlin to race at Sebring this weekend

Race driver JW Urlin of London, Ontario, will race in Florida this weekend as the US Formula 2000 National Championship series concludes with two races at the famous Sebring International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old driver of the Budget ...

Race driver JW Urlin of London, Ontario, will race in Florida this weekend as the US Formula 2000 National Championship series concludes with two races at the famous Sebring International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old driver of the Budget Rent-A-Car / London Auto Glass car is looking forward to racing again after seven weeks off. The series finale was supposed to take place September 15-16 at Daytona, Florida, but rescheduling occurred following the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington DC.

A racer from the age of nine with an impressive list of karting championships to his credit, Urlin has been awaiting this event with marked anticipation as his car, which in the past had been prepared and maintained by the under-funded OTM Motorsports team, will be run by Cape Motorsport, a Florida-based outfit regarded as one of the premier teams in the USF2000 series.

Urlin can barely contain his excitement about working with Cape, a team that has fielded three cars through most of the 2001 season.

"I think racing 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.

"It's going to be a new experience for me though," he continues. "I've always been on a one-car team, 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 in the highly competitive series has appeared impossible. Although the results do not accurately reflect Urlin's talents, he has shown his mettle with some superb racing. Twice this year, he has earned a Taylor Engineering Shark Award for his race performances. His blue and silver Budget Rent-A-Car / London Autoglass car has often been witnessed scything through the field, including a notable performance at Watkins Glen, New York, when he rocketed from a twentieth-place start to finish seventh. Now, with the might of a strong team behind him, Urlin is sure to shine brightly.

USF2000 activities at Sebring begin this afternoon with practice sessions. Qualifying sessions for both races will be held on Saturday followed by race one. The last race of the season will be held on Sunday afternoon.

-MJ-

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