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Connery Storms To Victory In Race 100
Posted by: newsla on Jun 30, 2013 - 06:33 AM
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Connery Storms To Victory In Race 100

Marking a historic day for the F2000 Championship Series, Kyle Connery stormed to his second win of the 2013 season in round eight of 14, and the 100th race in Championship history. Connery, driving the No. 91 Van Diemen for CC Autosport/James Lee Racing, started on a wet race track, and protected the lead to stay in the front for all of 14 laps to win over points leader Tim Minor and Fabio Orsolon, who started 34th.


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While the track was wet to start, it quickly dried as the sun came out and the pace quickened during the race as Connery was able to carve his way through lapped traffic.

“This win came at the perfect time,” said Connery. “It felt so great to be out front and win here. We got lucky with lapped traffic and hats off to the CC Autosport team. We were going to start on slicks but we looked at the rest of the paddock and decided to go with the rains.”

While some teams gambled with slick tires, rain Hoosiers were the choice for success on a wet race track for the opening laps.

Minor keeps his huge Championship lead with another well-managed race, on rain tires, to finish second in the No. 88 Ski Motorsports Citation.

“I got hit twice at the start of the race,” said Minor, “and decided I needed to bring this thing home. It was a matter of managing lapped traffic today.”

And Orsolon notched a major accomplishment, driving from 34th on the grid after gearbox problems on Friday to an amazing third place in the Radon chassis for GTP Motorsports. The team had a late night as they were forced to change gearboxes, with a new unit on loan from Momentum Motorsports.

“I need to thank the Radon and GTP team for a great car,” said Orsolon, who had the fastest pace for most of the race. “After being fast on Thursday we have something to show for it.”

Ferrucci was fourth for HP-Tech, making it a third and fourth on his debut in F2000. David Grant completed the top five for Polestar Racing Group in the No. 29 Van Diemen.

Tim Paul came home in sixth dragging a front wing, while Roberto Lorena was seventh for HP-Tech ahead of another hard charger in Federico Mosconi, who started last in the No. 99 WISKO Racing Van Diemen.

Steve Bamford and Tom Fatur completed the top ten, both in Van Diemen chassis.

Steve Jenks followed ahead of Kevin Kopp, in another WISKO car, who started 17th and improved five positions. Jim Libecco, Paul Farmer and Dean Baker rounded out positions 13 through 15. In front of a big crowd for the events, including Grand-Am, at Watkins Glen International.

The race ran all wire-to-wire without caution laps and a party followed for the 100th event in Series history.

The F2000 Championship Series season continues with rounds nine and 10 of 14, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, July 26-28.

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