NA-F2000: Zetec Championship season preview

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (February 20, 2002) - With less than a month to the start of the season, the 2002 edition of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship is starting to take shape. The season-opener at Sebring International Raceway, March...

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (February 20, 2002) - With less than a month to the start of the season, the 2002 edition of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship is starting to take shape.

The season-opener at Sebring International Raceway, March 14-15, in conjunction with the Sebring 12 Hours, will feature a large group of rookies and returning veterans battling for the championship. Currently, greater than 25 cars are expected to take the green in the new Zetec class.

As in years past the world's best young drivers have chosen the Zetec Championship to showcase their talent. Joining the championship in 2002 are the Canadian Formula Ford Champion and Runner-up, Andy Brumbaugh and Mark Wilkins; British Formula 3 front-runner, Jeffrey Jones; former SKUSA National Champion, Bobby Wilson; SCCA Southeast Division Formula Ford Champion, Lawson Aschenbach; SCCA Southeast Division Formula Continental Champion, Ricardo Imery; SCCA Central Division Formula Continental Champion Steve Thomson and SCCA Formula Ford National winners, Matt Green, Travis Irving and Sean McIntosh. Returning stars to the championship include Team USA Scholarship winner, Bryan Sellers; Tonis Kasemets, a three-time winner in 2001 and Scott Rubenzer, 2001 American Continental Championship Champion. Rumored to be joining this group are 2001 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series Champion, Ross Fonferko; 2001 pole winner and 2000 ACC champion Tom Dyer and second generation star Arie Luyendyk Jr.

"This looks to be the strongest field in series history," said series owner Jon Baytos. "I'm looking forward to an exciting season long battle for the championship."

Powered by the new 2.0-liter Ford Zetec engine, the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship will bring its action packed, exciting, close quarter racing to North America' premier race tracks and events in 2002.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Lawson Aschenbach , Steve Thomson , Andy Brumbaugh , Bryan Sellers , Sean McIntosh , Ricardo Imery , Tonis Kasemets , Bobby Wilson , Arie Luyendyk Jr.