Fergus, Harrison Take ACRL East Atlanta Round, St. Louis Wins Team Honors By Roger Diez Braselton, GA July 24, 1999 -- John Fergus followed his game plan and took off from pole position at the green flag to dominate the third round of the ...
Fergus, Harrison Take ACRL East Atlanta Round, St. Louis Wins Team Honors By Roger Diez
Braselton, GA July 24, 1999 -- John Fergus followed his game plan and took off from pole position at the green flag to dominate the third round of the American City Racing League Eastern Division season. Fergus had qualified his Team Columbus Carbir 1.3 seconds ahead of next fastest qualifier and series points leader Martin Reba's Team Chicago Lola. The race was run in changeable conditions, with portions of the track still wet from a recent rain shower. A light drizzle that started during the last half of the race made the going even more treacherous. Behind the flying Fergus, his teammate Jason Engel was locked in a tight battle with Duke Johnson of Team St. Louis as Ryba faded backwards in the early going. Johnson held second for the first four laps, but Engel slipstreamed by on the front straight on lap five. Johnson returned the favor two laps later, diving under Engel in Turn 12 to retake the position. The battle continued until lap 13, when Engel was caught out by the slippery conditions in Turn 5, spun and was unable to restart. Behind this pair was a battle for position among Ryba, his teammate Lynn Trapp, Jeff Clinton of Team St. Louis, and the Team New York cars of Dan Dubrovich and Jim Ballard. Ballard appeared to be the strongest of the group, but several spins put him back to eighth at the checker. Clinton drove a canny race and found himself in third at the flag, with Dubrovich and Trapp rounding out the top five. It was a banner day for St. Louis, which found itself in possession not only of the team trophy for the race, but also the team points lead for the season by two over Chicago. It was also an excellent day for Carbir, whose chassis finished 1-2. An added bonus was the first Carbir win in the F2000 series race which ran just before the ACRL event. On the victory stand, Fergus sang the praises of not only his Carbir chassis, but also of the Hoosier ACRL R45 tires, which he said "performed beautifully" in the treacherous and slippery track conditions. The Classic Sports 2000 class saw a new winner, as Team Atlanta's Pete Harris took the class victory from the pole. Harris, a Road Atlanta veteran, ran the inaugural race at the track 30 years ago! Behind him, Cincinatti's John Green and St. Louis' Charles Livingston battled for second, with Livingston running a second gear borrowed from Green. Unfortunately, Livingston had to make a pit stop for a flat tire, relegating him to a distant third. Green and Livingston are tied for the CS2000 Drivers Title at 281 points each, while Johnson is only one point behind Ryba for the overall Drivers Championship. St. Louis is in the driver's seat for the team points, with 502 to Chicago's 500. Road Atlanta Race Results: Finishing position, start position ( ), driver, team, chassis, class, laps complete, qualifying time, best race lap, reason out (if any).
1 (1) John Fergus, Columbus, Carbir, S2, 20, 1:29.673, N/A 2 (3) Duke Johnson, St. Louis, Carbir, S2, 20, 1:31.084, N/A 3 (6) Jeff Clinton, St. Louis, Lola, S2, 20, 1:32.455, N/A 4 (4) Dan Dubrovich, New York, Doran, S2, 20, 1:31.109 N/A 5 (8) Lynn Trapp, Chicago, Lola, S2, 20, 1:32.597, N/A 6 (2) Martin Ryba, Chicago, Lola, S2, 20, 1:30.992, N/A 7 (7) David Dullum, Washington DC, Lola, S2, 20, 1:32.540, N/A 8 (9) Jim Ballard, New York, Lola, S2, 20, 1:33.144, N/A 9 (12) Pete Harrison, Atlanta, Tiga, CS2, 20, 1:33.805, N/A 10 (13) Bob Liebert, Columbus, Lola, S2, 19, 1:34.238, N/A 11 ((14) John Green, Cincinnati, Tiga, CS2, 19, 1:35.961, N/A 12 (15) Charles Livingston, St. Louis, March, CS2, 13, 1:38.692, N/A, Tire 13 (5) Jason Engel, Columbus, Lola, S2, 12, 1:32.400, N/A, Mech. 14 (10) Jim Bandy, Atlanta, SR-71, S2, 11, 1:33.188, N/A, Mech. 15 (11) Craig Chima, Akron, Lola, S2, 2, 1:33.216, N/A, Mech. 16 (DNS) Kurt Baumann, Washington DC, Lola, S2, 0, No Time 17 (DNS) Jim Johnson, West Palm Beach, Swift, CS2, 0, No Time 18 (DNS) Keith Roberts, Atlanta, Tiga, CS2, 0, No Time
Race Time: 33:47.924 Race Length: 50 Miles Track Length: 2.5 miles
S2 Average Lap Speed: 88.760 mph S2 Fastest Race Lap: N/A S2 Margin of Victory: 31.07 seconds
CS2 Average Lap Speed: 84.381 mph CS2 Fastest Race Lap: N/A CS2 Margin of Victory: 1 Lap
1 St. Louis 181 2 Columbus 166 3 Chicago 156 4 New York 154 5 Atlanta 127 6 Washington DC 73 7 Cincinnati 61 8 Akron 55
OVERALL DRIVER POINT STANDINGS CS2 DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (AFTER 3 RACES): (AFTER 3 RACES): 1 Martin Reba 271 1 Charles Livingston 281 2 Duke Johnson 270 John Green 281 3 Dan Dubrovich 239 3 Pete Harrison 102 4 Jim Ballard 227 4 Gari Chaffin 93 5 Lynn Trapp 226 5 Kent Jones 90 6 John Fergus 204 6 Scott Livingston 84 7 John Green 186 Steve Steeb 84 8 Charles Livingston 180 8 Glen Jividen Jr. 80 9 Craig Chima 169 9 David Chesrown II 2 10 Jeff Clinton 164 11 David Dullum 153 12 Jason Engel 135 TEAM POINT STANDINGS 13 Bob Liebert 110 (AFTER 3 RACES): 14 David Gill 88 1 St. Louis 502 15 David Brand 73 2 Chicago 500 16 Pete Harrison 67 3 New York 472 17 Darryl Shoff 64 4 Columbus 356 David Stefke 64 5 Cincinnati 262 19 Kent Jones 60 6 Akron 180 20 Gari Chaffin 58 7 Washington DC 153 21 Scott Livingston 55 8 Atlanta 127 22 Jim Bandy 52 9 Detroit 119 23 Steve Steeb 50 10 Reading 67 24 Glen Jividen Jr. 48 25 David Chesrown II 2