Goulart Wins Eventfull Formula SCCA Season-Opener SEBRING, FLA. (March 17, 2004) - Elivan Goulart, of Huntington, Conn., won Round One of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Sebring International ...
Goulart Wins Eventfull Formula SCCA Season-Opener
SEBRING, FLA. (March 17, 2004) - Elivan Goulart, of Huntington, Conn., won Round One of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Sebring International Raceway. Completing the top-three is David Jurca, of Federal, Wash., and Chris Meredith, of Potomac, Md.
In typical humid Florida conditions, the first-ever Formula SCCA race got underway at 2:00 p.m. At the green flag, polesitter Franklin Futrelle maintained the lead down the front straight and into turn one, as the field went three-wide. Midway through the opening lap, the full-course caution was displayed for contact in turn nine. Following two laps for cleanup, the race restarted on lap four. The restart proved to be very eventful, as the field was four-wide at the flag, with Futrelle falling back in the pack. Entering turn one Jurca, in the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Formula SCCA, was in the lead.
With numerous reports of contact around the course, Futrelle and Jonathan Klein made contact in turn five, forcing both cars to subsequently retire.
At the conclusion of the lap, Jurca held lead ahead of a hard charging Goulart and Desiderio Sartelli. Steadily closing on Jurca, who was battling a malfunctioning gearbox, Goulart passed for the lead on lap six. As Goulart, in the No. 70 www.dolphin-motorsports.com Bob Berman Formula SCCA, began to build his lead, Sartelli came under attack from Meredith. On the penultimate lap, Meredith, driving the No. 79 MII Security Consultants Andersen Walko Racing Formula SCCA, got along-side Sartelli and passed for the position. For the remainder of the race the top, Goulart ran unchallenged, winning the opening round of the Formula SCCA Championship by 2.316 seconds.
"It's pretty cool to win the first Formula SCCA Championship race," said Goulart, won two Formula 500 National Championships before joining the championship. "It wasn't the cleanest race, but I had a great battle with David [Jurca]."
"I got a great restart," said Jurca, who is currently the number one ranked shifter-kart driver in North America. "I think I had the car to challenge for the win, but I started having problems shifting gears late in the race."
"I was tough starting near the back," said Meredith. "I picked my spots and made the most of my opportunities. I think I'll be challenging for the lead in race two."
Completing the top-five is Sartelli, in the No. 14 Dolphin Motorsports V.Tocanella/AmicIP.B Dolphin Motorsports Formula SCCA, who started eighth and Enzo Potolicchio, in the No. 22 Fondo Unico Social Comprent Motorsports Formula SCCA, who started fourth. Race two of the doubleheader is scheduled to get the green flag at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, 2004.
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