Jesse Lazare dominates in the rain for first F1600 win
For the first time in his short formula car career, Quebec’s Jesse Lazare returned to a track that he had raced at before – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).
Lazare scores two top tens for BGR Team Grote at Mid Ohio
In his third race in his young career, Lazare had to adapt to his third different series in as many races as he also had his first go on the series spec Hoosier tire. A mere eight weeks past his 15th birthday Jesse was up against a very stout field of far more experienced racers.
Gooden took his second win of 2012 at Mid-Ohio
Wyatt Gooden took the win at Mid-Ohio, forcing his way by Robert La Rocca on a early-race restart. Championship leader La Rocca looked untouchable, on pole by a huge margin on top of Saturday’s runaway win, but failed to finish, getting wrapped up in a controversial incident with Tim Paul.
La Rocca leads at Mid-Ohio
Robert La Rocca held off a very brief restart challenge and led all 18 laps from pole, taking his eighth win of 2012 with ease, and extending what is already a massive Championship points lead in the F2000 Series. La Rocca won round nine of the 2012, 14-race season, in the No. 10 HP-Tech Van Diemen, finishing ahead of John LaRue and Wyatt Gooden.
Thompson scored his first win
After 18 laps of five cars trading the top five spots back and forth, Colin Thompson vaulted from fourth to first with two laps to go, scoring his first career F1600 Formula F Championship Series win at Mid-Ohio. Better yet, the hotly-contested top five battle featured three different chassis and five aspiring drivers, the oldest of which was 22. Teammates Matias Koykka and Shae Davies completed the podium.
Koykka and Davies were fastest in the morning session
After two F1600 Formula F Championship Series practice sessions at Mid-Ohio, it was the Spectrum/Honda Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing duo of Matias Koykka and Shae Davies at the top of the time sheets in a fast morning session. In a slower afternoon session, however, it was Championship leader Brandon Newey on top for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/ Agajanian in the Mygale/Honda.
The pool in GT just grew a little deeper…
The Keyhole, Thunder Valley and the rest of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course gets its annual visit next week from the best sports car teams in North America and the world. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge is the sixth round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón championship, and a long-awaited debut will be front and center.
Can La Rocca make it nine wins in 10 races?
With just six races to go and seven wins in eight races so far, Robert La Rocca can mathematically clinch the 2012 F2000 Championship this weekend, although it will take another dominating performance mixed with a bit of luck. The HP-Tech driver has been the class of the field in 2012, and has a runaway points lead ahead of what is becoming a tight battle for second, led by Wyatt Gooden.
Robust testing program continues for Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Motorsports team
SRT’s new Viper GTS-R sports car is coiled to strike at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The highly anticipated new GT entry will make its debut in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón during the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Connery won six races in 2011
2011 Rookie of the Year standout Kyle Connery will be back in 2012 to run for the F2000 Championship Series title, only this time switching from his no. 91 Van Diemen to a new RFR chassis. Connery finished third in the 2011 title fight, driving for CC Autosport with James Lee Racing, winning six races along the way, including sweeping Road Atlanta and the season finale at Watkins Glen.
Connery won his third race of the season, Remy Audette 7th
Kyle Connery made it three wins on the year and moved back into second place in the F2000 Championship Series standings, leading all 18 laps from pole at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Connery, driving the #91 Van Diemen, separated himself from the pack and held off the competition from a 28-car field on a mid-race restart to take his third win in eight races.
Remy Audette 5th
Chris Livengood started from the pole and led all 18 laps at Mid-Ohio to take his second career F2000 Championship Series win and second win at Mid-Ohio in a repeat performance of 2010. Livengood, driving for Work Racing with support from John Walko racing, led from the drop of the green, briefly holding off Brian Tomasi in the Afterburner Racing Van Diemen. Tomasi would finish second by just under two seconds with Robert La Rocca completing the podium.
Wyatt Gooden won on his Series debut
Aspiring racer Wyatt Gooden won at Mid-Ohio on his F1600 Formula F Championship Series debut, driving a Van Diemen/Honda prepared by veteran outfit Quantum Racing Services. Gooden started from pole and ran the fastest lap of the race, but had to fight his way back into the lead at one point from third, passing fellow aspiring drivers Sam Beasley and Mitch Martin on his way to victory.
Tim Minor was fastest followed by Rémy Audette
Masters Class veteran Tim Minor ended up on the top of the combined time sheets after three twilight practice sessions for the F2000 Championship Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in his #88 Ski Motorsports Van Diemen. Minor was followed by Championship leader Remy Audette, who was second fastest ahead of Zach Veach, for ArmsUp Motorsports, Kyle Connery and John LaRue.
The scholarship was founded in 1990
The highest placed American drivers under 20 years-old in both the F2000 Championship Series and the F1600 Formula F Championship Series prior to the conclusion of the season (following F2000 at Mosport and F1600 at Mid-Ohio) will be included among the list of candidates for prestigious Team USA Scholarships.
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