Zarcades, Arnold, Team Fresno Take ACRL Victories at Irwindale Speedway By Roger Diez Irwindale, CA August 21, 1999 - Peter Zarcades of Team Las Vegas scored a victory in the second race in the Motorsport Composites Triple Crown...
Zarcades, Arnold, Team Fresno Take ACRL Victories at Irwindale Speedway By Roger Diez
Irwindale, CA August 21, 1999 - Peter Zarcades of Team Las Vegas scored a victory in the second race in the Motorsport Composites Triple Crown Oval Championship (TCOC) the American City Racing League here. The race was the fifth of the ACRL Western Division's eight race season, and the second of three oval races comprising the Oval Championship. Zarcades also captured the VP Racing Fuels Pole Perfection award, setting the series' first qualifying record of 17.406 seconds at Irwindale. In all, four ACRL drivers qualified below the magic 18.00 second, 100mph mark.
Zarcades was obviously the man to beat from the green flag, his Pennzoil-sponsored Swift pulling away from the field at a steady 2-3 car lengths per lap. Behind him, a battle raged for second among Fresno's Steve Romak, second-fastest qualifier Fiorenzo Tirrinanzi of Team Hollywood, Jay Messenger of San Diego, and Chris Ronson of Las Vegas. The two female drivers in the field, San Diego teammates Margie Smith-Haas and rookie Sandy Popescu, delighted the crowd with nose-to-tail and side by side battle for sixth. 16 laps into the 50-lap contest Tirinnanzi spun back to eighth, but the course stayed green. The hard-charging Popescu finally got by on lap 28, and chased down Ronson just as the yellow came out on lap 30. The caution was the result of Zarcades attempting to lap Tirinnanzi, when the Hollywood driver turned down in turn four, causing contact. Zarcades continued, but Tirinnanzi was into the turn four wall, and the field circulated under yellow while his car was removed. This is where things got confusing. While track officials correctly moved Romak and Messenger into their positions directly behind Zarcades during the yellow, driver-crew miscommunications resulted in some drivers moving up on their own. Zarcades took the flag 2.488 seconds ahead of Romak, with Messenger scoring his first podium finish. Popescu was fourth and Ronson fifth, but both were penalized two spots for improving their position under the yellow. The penalty moved Smith-Haas to fourth, Ostlund to fifth, and relegated Popescu and Ronson for sixth and seventh respectively. Romak leads the TCOC points chase, just four points ahead of Zarcades.
The Aerocell-sponsored Sports 2000 class staged an exciting race-within-a race as well, with victory going to pole sitter Frank Arnold of Team Fresno, 1997 ACRL S2000 class champion. Long-time ACRL competitor Joe Casanova returned to the series for his first outing in two seasons, and came home second for Team Hollywood. Jeff Anderson, the lone Team Reno entry, completed the podium trio for S2000. Michael Scully holds the lead in the S2000 TCOC title chase, five points ahead of Jeff Anderson. Team honors went to Fresno by a 16 point margin over Las Vegas, 248-232. These were the only two teams to have three cars score points. San Diego was third in the team tally with 172.
The American City Racing League Western Division will return to Irwindale Speedway on October 2 for the sixth race of the season and the finale of the Triple Crown Oval Track Championship, with $3500 to be awarded the top three SS2000 drivers and $1000 to the highest-scoring S2000 driver. The ACRL series, using a unique team racing concept, races Cosworth-powered Super Sports 2000 and Ford-engined Sports 2000 cars, with drivers required to run Hoosier R-45 compound tires and VP Racing Fuel.
Irwindale Speedway ACRL Triple Crown Oval Track ChampionshipRace Results: Finishing position, start position ( ), driver, team, chassis, class, laps complete, qualifying time, best race lap, reason out (if any). 1 (1) Peter Zarcades, Las Vegas, Swift DB5, SS2, 50, 17.406, 17.910 2 (3) Stephen Romak, Fresno, Lola, SS2, 50, 17.948, 18.150 3 (5) Jay Messenger, San Diego, Lola, SS2, 50, 18.091, 18.245 4 (4) Margie Smith-Haas, San Diego, Swift Falcon, SS2, 50, 17.988, 18.285 5 (8) John Ostlund, Fresno, Lola 89/90, SS2, 50, 18.486, 18.402 6 (6) Sandy Popescu, San Diego, Swift DB5, SS2, 50, 18.270, 18.322 7 (7) Chris Ronson, Las Vegas, Carbir, SS2, 50, 18.357, 18.169 8 (9) Frank Arnold, Fresno, Swift, S2, 48, 18.679, 18.994 9 (11) Joe Casanova, Hollywood, Swift, S2, 46, 19.892, 19.854 10 (12) Jeff Anderson, Reno, Swift, S2, 46, 20.195, 19.924 11 (13) Rick Eickhoff, Los Angeles, Shannon, SS2, 45, DNQ, 20.320 12 (2) Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi, Hollywood, Carbir, SS2, 21, 17.871, 18.276, Spin 13 (10) Michael Scully, Las Vegas, SR71, 21, 18.790, 19.081, Mechanical
Race Time: 19:51.688 Race Length: 25.000 Miles Track Length: 0.500 miles
SS2 Fastest Race Lap: 17.910 (Zarcades, new record) SS2 Margin of Victory: 2.488 seconds
S2 Fastest Race Lap: 18.994 (Arnold, new record) S2 Margin of Victory: 2 laps
Team Points: Fresno 248 Las Vegas 232 San Diego 172 Hollywood 131 Reno 87 Los Angeles 84
SS2 DRIVER POINT STANDINGS AEROCELL S2 DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (BEST 4 OF 5 RACES): (BEST 4 OF 5 RACES): 1 Stephen Romak 381 1 Frank Arnold 204 2 John Ostlund 378 2 Michael Scully 186 3 Peter Zarcades 367 3 John Bachofner 181 4 Chris Ronson 324 Jeff Anderson 181 5 Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi 292 5 Ian Wood 172 6 Sandy Popescu 290 6 Bill Bachofner 169 7 Rick Eickhoff 271 7 Leo Giroski 160 8 Jay Messenger 237 8 Doug Allen 158 9 Margie Smith-Haas 212 9 Spencer Trenery 102 10 Rick Lee 194 Duke Johnson 102 11 Tom Kreger 169 11 Jeff Clinton 93 12 Scott Shelley 160 Joe Casanova 93 13 Joe Giroski 122 13 George Greenwood 80 14 Brad Pierce 80 Brad Arntson 80 15 Charlie Hewitt 70 15 Chris Knight 73 16 Edd Ozard 64 17 Dennis Pavlina 61
MOTORSPORTS COMPOSITES TRIPLE CROWN SS2000 OVAL TRACK TEAM POINT STANDINGS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (AFTER 5 RACES) (AFTER 2 RACES) 1 Fresno 1151 1 Stephen Romak 195 2 Las Vegas 1115 2 Peter Zarcades 186 3 Reno 849 3 John Ostlund 170 4 San Diego 736 4 Chris Ronson 166 5 Hollywood 417 5 Jay Messenger 161 6 Los Angeles 303 6 Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi 147 7 Portland 287 7 Sandy Popescu 146 8 St. Louis 139 8 Margie Smith-Haas 139 9 Vancouver WA 100 9 Rick Eickoff 137 10 Scott Shelley 76 11 Rick Lee 58
S2000 TCOC STANDINGS (AFTER 2 RACES) 1 Michael Scully 186 2 Jeff Anderson 181 3 Frank Arnold 102 4 Joe Casanova 93