MILES MARONEY LAGUNA SECA PACIFIC/USF2000 WIN In only his sixth F2000 start ever and his first at Laguna Seca, Miles Maroney broke through for his first win on the big stage during last week's American LeMans Series event. In...
MILES MARONEY LAGUNA SECA PACIFIC/USF2000 WIN
In only his sixth F2000 start ever and his first at Laguna Seca, Miles Maroney broke through for his first win on the big stage during last week's American LeMans Series event. In the first race of the combined Corsa Car Care Pacific F2000/USF2000 doubleheader weekend, Maroney, in his #23 Maroney Company/Alpinestars/PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen stormed to the front battling for the win into the final corner where after light contact he finished 2nd in a drag race to the line. In the second race, Miles was not to be denied and after starting second, moved to the lead early and built as much as a 3 second gap before a safety car bunched the pack. A clean restart and a flawless handful of laps saw Maroney draw away again to take the checkered flag and the top step of the podium at the Historic circuit.
The weekend didn't start well for the 16 year old former Karting star from Southern California, who just recently joined Bobby Oergel and his Championship winning PR1 Pacific F2000 team. Miles missed almost the entire 80 minutes of practice on the Thursday promoter test day after an early spin in the first session sidelined him and a mechanical glitch on lap one of the second put Miles about 100 miles of testing behind all of the other competitors. Friday, Miles was able to complete the two official practice sessions and gain some valuable experience on the circuit, as all of the top competitors had previous F2000 race experience at Laguna Seca. Saturday's qualifying session saw Miles earn 3rd place on the grid for Race 1 while the grid for Race 2 would be determined by the fast laps from race 1 with both races to run on Sunday. The win and second place finishes jump Miles to 3rd in the Championship chase and leader of the Rookie of the Year points after six of 12 events to be run.
"I gave it everything I could to get the win in the first race today and came up a little short," stated Maroney. "So in the second race, I didn't hesitate to make the move for the lead right away. Once I got in front, the rest of the race felt pretty good. No troubles at all. Once I saw the white flag, I told myself not to do anything different, just bring it around one more time. I could still feel myself tensing up a little at first, but when you drive on the edge around a track like Laguna Seca, you need to focus. So that's what I did. It feels absolutely incredible to get my first win, I'm freezing from my PR1 Motorsports teammates drenching me on the podium, and I look forward to getting back in the car for our next event."
For PR1 Motorsports Team Principal, Bobby Oergel, the weekend's accomplishments are testaments to young Miles Maroney and the team's technical abilities and professionalism. "This event has proved to be everything I believed in about Miles. After battling through a tough beginning on Thursday and getting only about 10 laps all day he really showed his abilities in looking at the big picture. Miles only had one day in the F2000 car ever (or any car for that matter) before his first event of the season, but from his feedback, ability to listen and to apply what is shown in the data to the track, I knew with a little time he would be winning races. This weekend he proved his ability to make the best out of any situation and to use all the tools available to him including his teammates to win even with the added pressure of a big American LeMans Series event. All three of our drivers put in a great effort, and for PR1 to walk away with a weekend sweep like this is a rare occasion. I really want to thank Miles for keeping his head up and helping make it possible for our program to have the success it is having this season."
The 2010 Corsa Car Care Pacific F2000 Series Championship continues June 26- 27, with NASA and Molecule Formula Mazda at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.