American City Racing League Willows, CA September 17, 2000 - Points leader Peter Zarcades of Team Las Vegas had the field covered again, setting fast time in every practice session, qualifying on the pole, and leading the race handily for...
American City Racing League
Willows, CA September 17, 2000 - Points leader Peter Zarcades of Team Las Vegas had the field covered again, setting fast time in every practice session, qualifying on the pole, and leading the race handily for eight laps. Unfortunately for Zarcades, the race lasted 15 laps, and his battery didn't. Team Fresno's Steve Romak surged into the lead on lap 9, erasing a six-plus second lead as Zarcades coasted up the start/finish straight and pulled off at the head of the pit lane with a dead battery. Romak was never headed from that point, finishing 1.7 seconds ahead of teammate Dennis Pavlina at the checker. Pavlina had moved around Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi on lap six with a bump-and-run move in Turn One. Tirinnanzi took a ride through the boondocks but rejoined in front of third Team Fresno driver John Ostlund. This pair staged a stirring battle for the rest of the race, with Ostlund feinting passes and Tirinnanzi deftly parrying every move. They finished the race nose to tail, with Tirinnanzi capturing the final podium position. Another tremendous battle raged behind them, between Sandra Popescu of Team Salinas, Brad Pierce of Team Las Vegas, and Team San Diego driver Margie Smith-Haas, who was recovering from food poisoning. Pierce overcooked it in Turn Three on lap five while trying to get around Popescu, and his excursion dropped him out of contact with the battling ladies. Smith-Haas stalked Popescu for the next five laps, when Pierce re-joined the battle, re-passing Smith-Haas. Coming out of Turn 15, a deflating left rear tire caused Popescu to bobble, and Pierce and Smith-Haas pulled alongside for a three-car drag race down the front straight. Pierce had no room down the inside and had to back off, as Smith-Haas put two wheels in the dirt to maintain position alongside Popescu. Smith-Haas eased ahead into Turn Two when contact with Popescu put her into a spin. Pierce cautiously trailed Popescu, who by now had smoke pouring off the left rear tire, and got by in Turn Seven. Popescu's deflating tire finally caused her to spin and stall in Turn Nine in front of Smith-Haas, bringing out a full-course caution on lap 13. This put a halt to the racing, and the field took the checker two laps later under caution.
The Aerocell Sports 2000 race was also highly interesting. Michael Scully led from pole position as the S2 field started the race in a split start behind the front pack of Super Sports 2000 cars. Scully motored away from newcomer Harry Hoffman and S2 points leader David Ferguson, building a lead of slightly more than four seconds. On lap 13, Scully saw yellow flags at the starter's stand and Turn One for an incident in Turn Two, and incorrectly assumed a full course caution. He slowed, but arrived at Turn Three to see no yellow flag, just as Hoffman blasted by for the class lead. Scully immediately set out in pursuit, but by then track was under full course caution for Popescu's Turn Nine incident, trapping him in second place just ahead of Ferguson, who had been reeling in Hoffman for the last few laps. A disappointed and frustrated Scully accepted the second place trophy on the podium, but was soon to be elevated to the win. A post-race inspection revealed that talented first-time ACRL competitor Hoffman had inadvertently selected a non-spec octane on his Union 76 fuel. This, unfortunately, led to his disqualification. Without Hoffman's points, Team Fresno gave up the team victory to Las Vegas.
The lone Sports 1600 entry was newcomer Paul Schroeder, who mixed it up with three or four of the Sports 2000 cars for most of the race. Schroeder declared on the podium that he had had a great time in his ACRL debut, and was looking forward to some competition in class at the upcoming Sears Point doubleheader.
The American City Racing League Western Division, 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 76 110 octane Racing Fuel. The ACRL will finish the season October 14-15 with a doubleheader at Sears Point Raceway. Championships in Super Sports 2000, Sports 2000, and Team are all very close, promising exciting racing in the season finale.
<pre> Thunderhill Race Results: Finishing position, start position ( ), driver, team, chassis, class, laps complete, qualifying time, best race lap, reason out (if any). 1 (2) Steve Romak, Fresno, Carbir, SS2, 15, 1:45.971, 1:46.484 2 (4) Dennis Pavlina, Fresno, Doran, SS2, 15, 1:46.494, 1:46.162 3 (3) Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi, Hollywood, Carbir, SS2, 15, 1:46.030, 1:45.987 4 (5) John Ostlund, Fresno, Carbir, SS2, 15, 1:46.536, 1:46.531 5 (6) Brad Pierce, Las Vegas, Carbir, SS2, 15, 1:47.540, 1:48.336 6 (10) Margie Smith-Haas, San Diego, Falcon, SS2, 15, 1:49.736, 1:50.084 7 (12) David Jansen, Salinas, Lola, SS2, 15, 1:51.080, 1:51.388 8 (7) Michael Scully, Las Vegas, SR71, S2, 15, 1:48.677, 1:49.458 9 (11) David Ferguson, Salinas, Swift, S2, 15, 1:49.927, 1:50.318 10 (13) Marvin Jones, Denver, Carbir, SS2, 15, 1: 51.587, 1:51.973 11 (15) Joe Moran, Hollywood, Carbir, S2, 14, 1:56.021, 1:56.822 12 (14) Doug Ota, Denver, Swift, S2, 14, 1:55.365, 1:57.145 13 (17) Gary Holcomb, Hollywood, Swift, S2, 14, 1:57.483, 1:57.261 14 (16) Paul Schroeder, Las Vegas, SVC, S16, 13, 1:56.830, 1:57.728 15 (8) Sandra Popescu, San Diego, Swift, SS2, 12, 1:48.741, 1:49.371, Flat Tire 16 (1) Peter Zarcades, Las Vegas, Swift, SS2, 10, 1: 44.841, 1:45.474, Electrical 17 (18) Roger Heyl, Salinas, Swift, S2, 9, 1:57.602, 1:57.335, Running DQ (9) Harry Hoffman, Fresno, Swift, S2, 15, 1:49.660, 1:50.233, Disqualified, incorrect fuel. DNS (DNQ) Joe Casanova, Hollywood, Swift, S2, 0, DNS
NOTE: Results are provisional at press time due to pending deliberations.
Race Time: 27.01.31 Race Length: 44.835 miles Track Length: 2.989 miles Margin of Victory: 1.700 seconds
SS2 Fastest Race Lap: 1:45.474 (Zarcades) - New race record SS2 Pole: 1:44.841 (Zarcades) - New qualifying record S2 Fastest Race Lap: 1:49.458 (Scully) - New race record S2 Pole: -1:48.677 (Scully) - New qualifying record S16 Fastest Race Lap: 1:57.728 (Schroeder) - New race record S16 Pole: 1:56.830 (Schroeder) - New qualifying record
Thunderhill Team Points: 1 Las Vegas 216 2 Hollywood 210 3 Salinas 198 4 Fresno 193 5 Denver 128 6 San Diego 80
SS2 DRIVER POINTS AEROCELL S2 DRIVER POINTS BEST 5 OF 6 RACES: BEST 5 OF 6 RACES: 1 Peter Zarcades 445 1 David Ferguson (R) 472 2 Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi 424 2 Michael Scully 466 3 Margie Smith-Haas 396 3 Doug Ota (R) 404 4 Sandra Popescu 361 4 Joe Moran (R) 403 5 David Jansen (R) 359 5 Gary Holcomb (R) 369 6 Marvin Jones (R) 341 6 Jeff Littrell (R) 337 7 Dennis Pavlina 314 7 Joe Casanova 157 8 Stephen Romak 288 8 Ernie Spada (R) 93 9 Rick Lee 266 9 Leo Giroski 84 10 John Ostlund 252 10 Jeff Anderson (R) 76 11 Brad Pierce 235 Roger Heyl (R) 76 12 Jay Messenger 219 12 John Bachofner 73 13 Bob Schader 193 13 Jeff Read (R) 70 14 John Hill 181 14 Erik Giroski (R) 70 15 Tom Kreger 93 15 Bob Lovenson (R) 67 16 Rick Ferguson 84 16 Harry Hoffman (R) 0 17 Eddie Jones (R) 61 17 Dan Dubrovich 0 * 18 Rick Eickhoff 58 18 Duke Johnson 0 * 19 John Burke 0 * * Western Division points transferred to Eastern Division
S1600 DRIVER POINTS Best 5 of 6 RACES: 1 Mel Hawkins 481 2 Steve Knight 453 3 Mike Anderson 288 4 Phil Fogg 173 5 Mark Kenworthy 168 6 Paul Schroeder 102 7 Graham Fotheringham 88 TEAM POINT STANDINGS (AFTER 6 RACES) 1 Denver 1133 2 Salinas 1121 3 Las Vegas 1081 4 Hollywood 1001 5 San Diego 967 6 Fresno 798 7 Portland 779 8 Los Angeles 269 9 Tampa 140 10 Vancouver 99