NA-F2000: Virginia (VIR): Sellers clinches title with win

Sellers clinches Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Title with win at VIR. ALTON, VA (October 26, 2002) -Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, won Round Thirteen of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at VIRginia International Raceway, season-long...

Sellers clinches Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Title with win at VIR.

ALTON, VA (October 26, 2002) -Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, won Round Thirteen of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at VIRginia International Raceway, season-long clinching the Championship with only one race remaining. Completing the top-three were Jeffrey Jones, of Sarasota, Fla., and Andy Brumbaugh, of Blythewood, S.C. Jeff Sakowicz, of Camarillo, Calif., won the ACC class.

In the best conditions the Zetec Championship had seen on the weekend, the field went four abreast down the front straight at the start. Exiting turn two, Sellers, who had started third, took the lead ahead of polesitter, J.W. Urlin, and Andrew Prenderville. As the lap progressed, Sellers, driving the No. 3 Yes Network/3 Dimensional Services/Arai/Sparco Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, began to pull away from the field. By the end of lap five, he had built a five second gap on Jones, driving the No. 2 JCI Chemicals/Winchester Roquin Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, in second place.

Behind the duo, Brumbaugh and Craig Baltzer engaged in a good battle for third place, until Baltzer spun off course on lap six.

As the race progressed, the gap between leaders remained consistent, at about three seconds. In the closing stages of the race, Sellers encountered lapped traffic, which allowed Jones to close the gap to under one and half seconds. At the checkered flag, Sellers captured his seventh win of the season by 1.257-seconds, clinching the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship, ahead of Jones, who clinched the Greg Moore Rookie of the Year award.

"Winning the Championship fulfills the dream we had at the start of the season," said Sellers. "The team has been fantastic all season and I owe a lot of my success to them. I can't wait to drive the CART car [which Sellers earns for winning the championship]. Not many people ever get the chance to drive one."

"It's great honor to win the Rookie of the Year award," said Jones. "I pushed hard all race and thought I might get a shot when Bryan [Sellers] hit traffic, but I just couldn't catch him."

"It's real nice to finish on the podium," said Brumbaugh. "The team has stuck by me all season and I'm happy to repay them with a good finish. I'm going to try and do same thing tomorrow and end the season on a high note."

"So far the this has been a perfect weekend," said Sakowicz. "I got a good lead on Kip [Meeks] at the start and just concentrated running smooth fast laps."

Completing the top-five were Edouard Aube, of Montreal, Que., Can., in the No. 22 PATTISON Richard Morgan Racing Van Diemen Ford and J.W. Urlin, of London, Ont., Can., driving the No. 19 Budget Rent A Car/Mygale Cars Mygale Ford.

The 2002 season finale is set for Sunday at 8:40 a.m. (E.S.T).

-scca pro racing-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Andy Brumbaugh , Bryan Sellers , Greg Moore