Kimball sweeps West Coast Zetec season-opener. PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 8, 2003) --Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., won Rounds One and Two of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec West Championship at Phoenix International Raceway. Finishing...
Kimball sweeps West Coast Zetec season-opener.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (April 8, 2003) --Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., won Rounds One and Two of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec West Championship at Phoenix International Raceway. Finishing second in both rounds was Jonathan Bomarito, of Monterey, Calif. Completing the top-three in Round One was Westley Barber, of Saffron Walden, England. Lawson Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg, Md., completed the top-three in Round Two. Jessie Houser, of Phoenix, Ariz., won the American Continental Championship class in Round One. Les Phillips, of Bakersfield, Calif., won the ACC class in Round Two.
Starting on the pole in race one, Bomarito maintained the lead at the green flag. For the opening four laps, Bomarito, driving the No. 23 Valley Financial PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, held off repeated challenges from Kimball. On lap five, Kimball got a run on Bomarito, passing for the lead in turn one. For the remainder of the race, Kimball, driving the No. 91 Rentvillas.com PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, extended his lead. At the checkered flag, Kimball had captured his first career Zetec Championship win by 7.741 seconds over Bomarito and Barber, in the No. 85 Sunoco Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. In the ACC class, Houser and Phillips engaged in a good battle for position, with Houser taking the lead for good on lap 11. Houser becomes the first female to win any class in the Zetec Championship.
In race two, of the West Coast season-opening doubleheader, Kimball started from the pole position and maintained the lead into turn one. Behind Kimball, Bomarito and Barber battled for position on the opening. At the conclusion of the lap, Barber was in second, but Bomarito quickly retook the position on lap 2. For the next two laps the duo continued to fight for position, as Kimball established a brief gap. On lap five, Barber retired, allowing Bomarito to focus his attention on catching Kimball. For the remainder of the race, Bomarito closed in on Kimball, but never challenged for the lead. At the checkered flag, Kimball had completed a sweep of the doubleheader, winning by 2.215 seconds over Bomarito and Aschenbach, driving the No. 2 King Automotive/M&M Welding Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. In the ACC class, Phillips led flag-to-flag. For capturing both wins, Kimball was awarded $10,000 in prize money.
Completing the top-five in race one was Aschenbach and Geoff Fickling, of San Clemente, Calif., in the No. 3 P1 Racing Van Diemen Ford. In race two, Chris Festa, of Atlanta, Ga., in the No. 19 Car Centric/Paul Tracy Karts PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford and Fickling completed the top-five.