Goulart Sweeps Season-Opening Doubleheader SEBRING, FLA. (March 18, 2004) - Elivan Goulart, of Huntington, Conn., won Round Two of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Sebring International Raceway.
Goulart Sweeps Season-Opening Doubleheader
SEBRING, FLA. (March 18, 2004) - Elivan Goulart, of Huntington, Conn., won Round Two of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Sebring International Raceway. Completing the top-three is Franklin Futrelle, of Augusta, Ga., and David Jurca, of Federal Way, Wash.
Racing late in the day following the American Le Mans Series qualifying, the Formula SCCA field fanned out at the drop of the green flag. Getting a good start Goulart maintained the lead into turn one. Pushing the cars to the limit on the opening lap, the leader ran nose-to-tail. Pulling alongside Goulart on the straight, Jurca, in the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Formula SCCA took the lead in turn one. At the conclusion of lap two, Futrelle took the lead followed closely by Jurca and Goulart. Once in front in the No. 97 Meco Inc. Of Augusta Comprent Motorsports Formula SCCA, Futrelle began to pull away from Jurca and Goulart. As Futrelle stretched his lead, Jurca and Goulart battled for position, with Goulart making the pass on lap five. With a lead of over four seconds, Futrelle looked to have the race under control, however as the race progressed Goulart began to close the gap. Battling worn tires, Futrelle was soon under direct attack from Goulart, in the No. 70 www.dolphin-motorsports.com Bob Berman Formula SCCA. On lap 10, Goulart made the pass for the lead and began to pull away. For the remainder of the race the lead duo maintained position, while Enzo Potolicchio and Jurca swapped the final podium position four times. At the checkered flag, Goulart captured the win by 4.237 seconds ahead of Futrelle and Jurca. In winning both rounds of the season-opening doubleheader, Goulart takes the championship point lead to the second event of the season at Road Atlanta, in late April.
"It's a way great start to the season," said Goulart, won led seven of the 22 laps at Sebring. "The car kept getting better as the race progressed, but to be honest I wasn't sure I was going to able to catch Franklin [Futrelle]."
"I'm much happier with this result," said Futrelle, who crashed in race one. "This is the longest run we've ever done and the tires just went away at the end."
"he crew worked really hard all weekend dealing with the problems we had," said Jurca, who suffered power problems throughout the race. "I'm happy to leave with a bunch of points."
Completing the top-five is Potolicchio, of Venezuela, in the No. 22 Fondo Unico Social Comprent Motorsports Formula SCCA, who started fifth and Chris Meredith, of Potomac, Md., in the No. 79 MII Security Consultants Andersen Walko Racing/Meredith Racing Formula SCCA, who started third.