It was another win for Tim Minor
Minor started from first place, his second pole and second win of the weekend
Tim Minor briefly lost his race lead on a messy restart but took it back one lap later and pulled out a gap in the No. 88 Citation to take his second win in two days and sweep the F2000 season opener at VIR for Ski Motorsports.
The F2000 Championship Series today announced its 2013 seven-event schedule for the Championship’s eighth season.
As always, the development Series featuring aspiring drivers and proven veterans will start the season in Virginia in April and then continue touring some of North America’s best road courses as large fields fight for race wins and a Championship.All weekends feature two races.
2013 is going to be a turning point for me
Open-wheel racing and former midget and sprint car driver Timothy Paul of Mahopac, New York, has signed an agreement to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship in 2014 for AJ Foyt Racing. Prior to the 2014 season, Paul, who has run competitively in the F2000 Championship Series, will spend 2013 competing in both F2000 and USF2000 in a CellMark Paper-sponsored entry to gain the maximum amount of seat time possible.
“Coming into 2012, the goal was to win” – Coello
Niki Coello came into his first full F2000 Championship Series season far from rookie status, with a collection of National Championships and hopes to contend for the title in his No. 81 RFR chassis. While the title would prove elusive, Coello collected podium after podium until scoring the first and only non-Van Diemen win in Series history in the pouring rain at Summit Point in August en route to a third place Championship effort.
La Rocca fist-pumping his 2012 season
After momentarily getting shuffled back to fourth on an exciting opening lap, 2012 F2000 Champion Robert La Rocca picked off two cars on lap one and then passed Rob Nicholas for the lead on the next lap to open up a huge gap en route to a record-breaking 11th win of the season for HP-Tech Motorsport. It was the fourth weekend sweep of the year for the Venezuelan in the season finale doubleheader at Watkins Glen International, winning ahead of Wyatt Gooden and Nicholas.
La Rocca took another pole in a short qualifying session
In 14 qualifying rounds now complete for the 2012 F2000 Championship Series season, Robert La Rocca, the 2012 Champion, has put his No. 10 HP-Tech Van Diemen on pole 12 times. In the final qualifying round of the year at Watkins Glen International, a shortened session left a seven-minute shootout for drivers to run their fastest laps of the weekend, producing another La Rocca pole ahead of Wyatt Gooden and Rob Nicholas.
Robert La Rocca notched his 10th win of the year
After starting from pole and briefly losing the lead, Robert La Rocca got around Wyatt Gooden and fended off Gooden on a restart, with the two cars making contact coming to the green and white flags. La Rocca would go onto take his 10th win of the 2012 F2000 Championship season, breaking the existing win record with a bit of drama. La Rocca had already locked up the Championship prior to the race, adding even more points for the pole, and yet another win. Niki Coello finished second while Gooden hung on for third with a damaged car on the last lap.
Coello stayed out of trouble to win in the rain
Niki Coello stayed out of trouble in the wet at Summit Point Motorsports Park to take the first non-Van Diemen win in F2000 Championship Series history in the No. 81 RFR ahead of Wyatt Gooden. Meanwhile, Robert La Rocca finished third to clinch the 2012 F2000 Championship Series title with two races remaining.
La Rocca fought hard and then took off for the win
Robert La Rocca had to find his way around Kevin Kopp for the race lead at Summit Point Motorsports Park, but made the pass stick and then pulled away for his ninth F2000 Championship Series win in 11 races in 2012. Wyatt Gooden held on to finish second, denying La Rocca a Championship-clinching day, with Kopp rounding out the top three.
La Rocca can clinch the title this weekend
With four races to go in the 2012 F2000 Championship Series season, points leader Robert La Rocca looks set to clinch the 2012 title this weekend during a doubleheader at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia. The Venezuelan, however, will face a deep field, perhaps the biggest of the year, including Mid-Ohio winner Wyatt Gooden and Summit Point experts Kevin Kopp and Tim Minor.
Robert La Rocca was fast yet again
At the conclusion of two F2000 practice sessions on a very hot day at New Jersey Motorsports Park, it was Robert La Rocca on the top of the time sheets in the No. 10 HP-Tech Van Diemen with a lap of 1:19.054. Following the Venezuelan driver around the Thunderbolt track for the second practice were Kevin Kopp, Wyatt Gooden, Tim Minor – in the Citation chassis, and Niki Coello, in a RFR.
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