Californian Landon Yee and Championship points leader Julio Campos secured the final poles of the Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER magazine season under glorious conditions at Daytona International Speedway. Yee rebounded...
Californian Landon Yee and Championship points leader Julio Campos secured the final poles of the Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER magazine season under glorious conditions at Daytona International Speedway. Yee rebounded from a sub-par performance at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in November when he got into his R/T 2000 and tripped the quickest lap time (2:12.502 sec.) to capture the prime grid spot for today’s race. Campos moved closer towards the championship by snaring the pole for tomorrow’s Round 13 race.
Round 12 action is slated for 2PM EST. Leonardo Maia, who worked closely with Yee during the session will start from second. New Yorker Dan Kraus starts from third ahead of Florida’s Scott Poirier, in fourth. Campos, who can clinch by finishing ahead of Barber-CART Karting Scholarship winner A.J. Allmendinger today, starts from fifth.
Yee’s advantage may not mean much at the 3.56-mile circuit, where drafting and passing opportunities seem endless. Many racers worked in tandem or groups to optimize drafting potential. Yee and Maia routinely worked the draft to their advantage, Yee seeming to get the better exit out of the bus stop, and finished as the only pair to break into the 2:12s.
“ We worked together well,” said Yee.“ Throughout the session we used each other’s draft to get consistently strong laps. Once we came up on other traffic, we were able to use those cars as well.”
Partnering during a race, however, may be different.
“ During a race, its a bit no-holds barred,” said Yee.“ A lot of the teamwork you discuss before the race usually goes out the window but hopefully we’ll be able to work together to another strong result.
Maia also acknowledges the alliance and was pleased with his P2 qualifying effort.
“ This track is fun,” said Maia.“ There’s a lot of drafting and passing opportunities. It definitely pays to work with someone fast.”
In the set-up to Round 13, Julio Campos put himself in the best position possible to secure the Formula Dodge National Championship crown, provided he is unable to clinch in Round 12. Campos piloted his Michelin-shod R/T 2000 to a new track record of 2:11.865 sec., eclipsing the second best time set by Grant Maiman by over a second. Maiman put his earlier 13th qualifying effort behind him, registering his fastest cycle on the penultimate lap of the session and bumping Canadian Dan Di Leo to third. Landon Yee and Dan Kraus round out the top-5.
Campos seemed energized by the strong result.
“ I just did one good lap where I got every draft possible. My car felt strong and I was able to work mostly with Dan [Di Leo] over several parts of the track. The drafting is key here. You can do a lot with it if you know how to play the drafting game.”
Barber-CART Karting Scholarship winner A.J. Allmendinger, who trails Campos by 14 points, now faces the daunting task of having to catch and pass the Brazilian twice over the next two races to order to prevent Campos’ coronation.