ACRL: Laguna Seca Race Report

Monterey, CA May 20, 2000 - 1998/1999 Driver Champion Steve Romak of Team Fresno took his brand-new Carbir chassis to the overall win in the American City Racing League outing at Laguna Seca Raceway on this hot Sunday afternoon. Romak caught...

Monterey, CA May 20, 2000 - 1998/1999 Driver Champion Steve Romak of Team Fresno took his brand-new Carbir chassis to the overall win in the American City Racing League outing at Laguna Seca Raceway on this hot Sunday afternoon. Romak caught a break at mid-race when polesitter Peter Zarcades of Team Las Vegas spun his leading Swift while lapping a slower car. Zarcades, who set a new qualifying record of 1:29.303 and had dominated the race in the early laps, rejoined in seventh place and charged back to third at the checker. Team Portland's John Hill took the runner-up spot in his Lola in his second ACRL start of the season. While Zarcades motored away from the field at the start, Hill slotted into second and held the position for several laps until Romak forced his way by in the Corkscrew. Fresno's John Ostlund spun in turn two early in the race, rejoining in ninth spot. He hooked up with Zarcades on his charge through the pack, and ended in fourth place at the checker. Ostlund's Fresno teammate Dennis Pavlina rounded out the top five. San Diego teammates Margie Smith-Haas and Jay Messenger passed a faltering Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi on the last lap to capture sixth and seventh places respectively. Their finishes, combined with the points from new San Diego S2 driver Bob Lovenson, gave San Diego the team victory by a mere two points over Team Salinas.

Michael Scully and his SR-71 dominated the Sports 2000 field. Scully gave full credit to his Quicksilver engine for the performance, as he shattered the class qualifying record with a 1:32.663 lap. At the green flag he emulated teammate Zarcades, motoring rapidly away from his opposition. Behind him, Jeff Littrell of Team Denver got the jump on outside pole-sitter Dave Ferguson (Team Salinas) at the start. Ferguson could do nothing about it until a minor mistake on Littrell's part gave Ferguson a run on him up the hill, where Ferguson made the pass at the Corkscrew. Littrell had to settle for third ahead of Team Hollywood's Joe Moran and Denver's Doug Ota, who took fourth and fifth in the nine-car Aerocell S2000 field.

Only two Sports 1600's made the grid, and not without drama. Eventual winner Mel Hawkins was unable to qualify due to mechanical problems, and Portland teammate Steve Knight was late to grid. Hawkins eventually triumphed, opening up a 19-plus second lead at the checkered flag.

The American City Racing League Western Division will race next on June 25 in conjunction with the CART Champ Car event at Portland International Raceway. The ACRL West series, using a unique team racing concept, races Cosworth-powered Super Sports 2000, Aerocell-sponsored Sports 2000, and Toyota-powered Sports 1600 cars, with drivers required to run Hoosier ACRL-stamped R-45 compound tires and Union 76 Racing Fuel.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Steve Knight , Steve Romak , Dennis Pavlina , Margie Smith-Haas