NA-F2000: Watkins Glen Justus wins in dominant fashion

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 27, 2000)-- Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif. won Round Ten of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Peter...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 27, 2000)-- Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif. won Round Ten of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland and Mike Andersen, of Green Pond, N.J. completed the top-three. Tom Dyer of San Rafael, Calif., won the ACC class. Justus, driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck/Torco Van Diemen Ford, rebounded from an accident in yesterday's race to capture the win in the caution-free race. Justus, got a good start leading the field into corner one, as the trio of Walsh, Camirand and Andersen battled for position behind him. Once the pace had settled down, Justus was briefly challenged for the lead by Walsh. Justus held off the challenges, leading flag-to- flag to capture his fourth win of the season by a margin of 0.630-second. The win extends Justus point lead over Ian Lacy to 32 points (235-202). "After yesterday's result this win was important," said Justus. "Yesterday I didn't have a good start, today I corrected that. The result gives us a big boost in the championship heading into the final rounds." Driving the No. 44 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, Walsh once again had great start, moving up from his fifth place starting position to second place on the opening lap. Walsh repeated held off challenges by his teammate, Marc-Antoine Camirand, and Andersen the remainder of the race to capture his second podium of the weekend. The weekend results moves Walsh back into the lead of Rookie of The Year standings. "I was fortunate again to have a good start," said Walsh. "As I said yesterday the original goal of the weekend was to collect some podium finishes. A win and a second place finish is brilliant." Andersen, driving the No. 11 Valvoline/Pi Research Van Diemen Ford, recovered from a poor start, falling back to fourth after starting second, to capture third place. Andersen battled all race long with Camirand for position, with the duo swapping the place numerous times. Andersen secured second place on lap 13, when Camirand crashed in corner eight. The podium finish gives Andersen 11 in his career, tied for sixth all-time. "I just didn't have the car today to challenge for the win," said Andersen. "I think Marc [Camirand] had a little better car then me. I was just trying follow him at the end." Driving the No. 2 CycleShack/Bell Helmets/Paladin Carbir Ford, Dyer won the ACC class finishing eleventh overall. Dyer, who crashed while running second in class yesterday, ran a clean race leading every lap of the ACC class. "It was great to get back out there after yesterday's incident," said Dyer. "Everything worked out well today. The win is crucial with only two races remaining in the championship." Rounding out the top-five was Lacy, of N. Las Vegas, Nev. and James Hanson of Leeds, England, who captured the Taylor Engineering "Shark" award.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.-- Race results for Sunday's 14-lap, 47.600-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round Ten Race, part of the Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at the Glen, with race position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

<pre> 1. (1), Aaron Justus, Cresline, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 2. (5), Peter Walsh(R), Cork/Ireland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 3. (2), Mike Andersen, Green Pond, N.J., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 4. (6), Ian Lacy, N. Las Vegas, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 5. (13), James Hanson(R), Leeds/England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 6. (4), Memo Rojas Jr.(R), Mexico City/Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 7. (7), Daniel Muniz, San Jose/Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 8. (9), Arnold Brinkmann, Quito/Ecuador, F2A, Carbir Ford, 14. 9. (11), Harold Primat, France, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 10. (10), Jeff Harrison(R), Grapevine, Texas, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 11. (12), Tom Dyer(R), San Rafael, Calif., ACC, Carbir Ford, 14. 12. (8), Arie Luyendyk Jr.(R), Holland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 13. (16), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen, 14. 14. (18), Piero Rodarte(R), Mexico City/Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 15. (17), Mike Durand, Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 16. (14), Andrew Davis(R), Lilburn, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 17. (20), Georges Forgeois, New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 18. (21), Greg Schings, Lexington, Ky., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 19. (19), Guy Cosmo, Long Island, N.Y., F2A, Carbir Ford, 14. 20. (23), James Eaton(R), Toronto/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 21. (22), Carl Russo(R), Ft. Collins, Colo., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 22. (25), Niki Fleury, Rome/Italy, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 23. (30), Adam Sodano(R), Boston, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 24. (26), Nick Fanelli(R), Sorrento, Fla., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 25. (29), Richard Zober(R), Yardley, Pa., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 26. (28), Tom Sabiel Jr.(R), Waldwick, N.J., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 27. (33), Paul Lasko(R), Roseville, Mich., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 28. (31), Niki Coello, Mukwonago, Wis., ACC, Carbir Ford, 14. 29. (34), Mike Scanlan, Great Neck, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 13. 30. (3), Marc-Antoine Camirand, St. Leonard/Quebec, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 12, SPIN. 31. (27), Cliff Pickett Jr.(R), Jamestown, R.I., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 10, OFF. 32. (24), Tommy Constantine, Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 8, MECH. 33. (32), Chris Burke, Babylon, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 7, MECH. 34. (15), Billy Asaro(R), Unionville/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.

Time of race: 26 minutes, 44.959 seconds. Average speed: 106.769 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: .62999 seconds Lap leaders: # 32 1- 14 Aaron Justus

Fastest race lap: Marc-Antoine Camirand, 1:52.275 (109.018 mph)

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Guy Cosmo , Andy Lally , Harold Primat , Memo Rojas , Piero Rodarte , Carl Russo , Aaron Justus , Richard Zober , Andrew Davis , Georges Forgeois , Nick Fanelli , Tommy Constantine , Ian Lacy , Billy Asaro , Niki Coello , Tom Dyer , Arie Luyendyk Jr.