NA-F2000: Virginia (VIR): Qualifying summary

Urlin captures first career pole in a Mygale. ALTON, VA (October 25, 2002) -J.W. Urlin, London, Ont., Can., captured the pole for Round Thirteen of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at the VIRginia International Raceway. Completing...

Urlin captures first career pole in a Mygale.

ALTON, VA (October 25, 2002) -J.W. Urlin, London, Ont., Can., captured the pole for Round Thirteen of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at the VIRginia International Raceway. Completing the top-three was Andrew Prenderville, of Morristown, N.J., and Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio. The top ACC qualifier was Jeff Sakowicz, of Camarillo, Calif.

In damp and cool conditions, the Zetec Championship took to the track for the 25-minute qualifying session for Saturday's race. Early in the session, Urlin, in the No. 19 Budget Rent A Car/Mygale Cars OTM Motorsports Mygale Ford, posted a quick lap to jump to the top off the speed charts. As the session progressed, numerous cars went off course in the tricky conditions. While Urlin maintained the fast lap, Prenderville, in the No. 21 TCW Inc./Quest Promotions Hot Shoe Racing Van Diemen Ford, posted a lap to move into second. Just past the halfway mark of the session, Travis Irving spun and became high-sided in turn one, bringing out a full-course caution.

When the session resumed, Urlin elected not to go out, given the conditions seemed to have deteriorated. On the last lap of the session, Sellers, in the No. 3 Yes Network/3 Dimensional Services/Arai/Sparco Van Diemen Ford, went off course damaging the front right corner, assuring Urlin his first career pole position. The pole is the first for the Mygale in the Zetec Championship, which also captured the pole in the American Continental Class with Sakowicz, who qualified seventeenth overall.

"The setup was perfect for the conditions," said Urlin, who is fourth in the championship. "To get mine and Mygale's first pole is fantastic, especially given Bertrand from Mygale is here. I'm hoping the conditions stay the same for the race."

"We finally got the car where I like it," said Prenderville, who won the 2002 Formula Continental National Championships at the Valvoline Runoffs. "I felt really comfortable in the car and am looking forward to the race tomorrow."

"It was really slick out there," said Sellers, who leads the championship and needs only to finish eleventh or better in race one to clinch the championship. "We'll get the car back together and focus on the race [very often]."

"The car is the best it's been," said Sakowicz. "I'm just hoping the race is dry. I'm from Southern California and we don't race in the rain."

Completing the top-five is Sean McIntosh, of Coquitlam, B.C., in the No. 24 Kirmac Carstar/PPG/Lordco Auto Parts/Sign Way Van Diemen Ford and Andy Brumbaugh, of Blythewood, S.C., in the No. 86 EMX/Van Diemen International AIM Autosport Van Diemen Ford.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Andy Brumbaugh , Sean McIntosh