Hargrove Steers Clear of Trouble to Win Dramatic Race at St. Petersburg
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wyatt Gooden: The only driver to win a race this year besides Robert La Rocca
Six races down, eight races to go; Robert La Rocca has five wins, five poles, one third place and a commanding lead in the F2000 Championship Series point standings. Those looking to steal race wins and valuable points from the HP-Tech driver may be running out of time as 34 F2000 cars, on a swelling entry list, head for New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt course this coming weekend.
Simon Gregg wins in his 99th Trans Am start
Gregg, son of the late road racing star of the 70s and a two-time trans Am champion Peter, hounded round-one winner Doug Peterson for most of the race, pouncing into the lead on lap 52 when Peterson made a miscue in the Lefthander while Gregg was inches off Peterson’s bumper.
La Rocca took his third pole in four races at Road Atlanta.
Robert La Rocca continued the success following his third straight win of 2012 on Friday, by vaulting to pole in an early morning qualifying session for round two of the Road Atlanta F2000 Championship Series weekend, smashing the existing track record with a lap of 1:24.373. Lining up next to the HP-Tech driver will be Wyatt Gooden, who started from pole on Friday but had to settle for second after La Rocca wrestled away the lead.
La Rocca leads a tight battle for the lead
Robert La Rocca made it three wins in three starts in 2012, winning at Road Atlanta on Friday morning after trading the lead back and forth throughout the 18-lap race with rookie Wyatt Gooden, who started from pole. La Rocca eventually separated from Gooden, who went on to finish second, his best F2000 performance to date for Quantum Racing Services, with Kyle Connery following in third place. All three drivers were in Van Diemens.
Wyatt Gooden took his first F2000 pole
Rookie Wyatt Gooden, who had never driven at Road Atlanta prior to today, took pole by a tenth of a second for round three of the 2012 F2000 Championship Series season, setting a lap of 1:24.907 to break the track record in the No. 6 Quantum Racing Services Van Diemen. Robert La Rocca, who leads the points coming off two wins at VIR, lines up second ahead of Fabio Orsolon, Kyle Connery and Chris Livengood.
The expanded 2012 schedule is a response from a season-ending survey sent out by Series officials.
Just over two weeks away, the second edition of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series is set to grow in 2012, adding another race weekend (six in total, for 12 races) and more teams, drivers, chassis and engines.
F2000 Championship Series…
This weekend, Rémy Audette became the first Québec driver to ever win the F2000 Championship Series. With a big lead heading into the final double-header of the season, Audette was not happy just earning sufficient points to solidify his spot at the top of the series. He dominated the practices and qualifying on his way to finishing on the podium for both races.
Remy Audette is 2011 Champion
Kyle Connery took his sixth win of 2011, and second of the day, to end the F2000 Championship Series season with a daring move on 2011 Champion Remy Audette on a restart in round 14. Connery would run away from the pack, although the race did end under caution. Connery’s sweep of Watkins Glen vaulted him to third in points, winning Rookie of the Year for CC Autosport. Rob Nicholas won the Masters Class, finishing second ahead of Audette in a 33-car field.
Audette makes 2011 title official
A last lap pass on Tim Minor gave Kyle Connery his fifth win of 2011, and Remy Audette finished third behind Minor to make his 2011 Championship official in a morning 12-lap race at Watkins Glen, run after an aborted non-race attempt on Saturday. Connery fell back early but worked his way up to second, closing in on Minor to grab the lead on the last lap.
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