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07/03/10
F2000
F2000: Erickson Wins Race One at the Glen
Daniel Erickson notched his first F2000 win in his third ever start by getting around pole-sitter Chris Livengood midway through an all green race that saw 32 cars get through turn one without incident. Fellow rookie Livengood led from the drop of the green with Erickson holding station on his gearbox, halfway through the 14-lap lap race Erickson pounced, never looking back to take the win for Quantum Mechanics/Primus Racing. Rounding out the top five behind Work Racing’s Livengood were Tim Minor, Cole Morgan and championship points leader Victor Carbone.

“Once I got the lead I just tried not to mess anything up,” said Erickson, from Australia. “I got a good run at Chris (Livengood) midway through the race and went for it. I feel confident going into tomorrow but it won’t be easy.”

Chris Livengood, a rookie out of the karting ranks, notched his best finish of the year and first F2000 podium with his second place effort. To Livengood’s credit, the #37 is a fully stock 1999 Van Diemen and the team is running a small program.

“The start went to plan,” Livengood commented. “Around lap eight or so I started picking up understeer and was making more mistakes than Daniel (Erickson). He caught me going into the chicane and got away so I decided just to save my tires for tomorrow.”

Tim Minor started tenth, and got an amazing run going into turn one to take fourth place, eventually moving into third to round off the podium and take the Masters Class victory.

“I got almost everyone going into turn one,” commented Minor. “It wasn’t my exact plan but it was a great start. Later on I got it sideways in the bus stop and lost the leaders. So from there on I conserved my tires for tomorrow’s race.”

The top 11 cars all ran laps under the existing race record, with Cole Morgan notching the fastest lap, gaining a couple points back on Carbone in the chase for the national title with his fourth place finish for K-Hill/Liberty Motorsports.

Carbone, however, managed to finish fifth after starting eighth and running as low as 12th. The young Brazilian started eighth for Alegra Motorsports after losing his two fastest laps during qualifying for bringing out a black flag. Carbone actually set faster laps than the pole time during qualifying.

“I was supposed to start first but obviously started eighth due to the penalty,” Carbone said. “I had a bad start and fell back but the car was great so I was able to move up during the race. I just wish the race was longer since the car was so good. Tomorrow I’m back on the front row so it should be good.”

Rob Nicholas finished sixth ahead of Keith McCrone, James Winslow, Fabio Orsolon and Phil Lombardi, last year’s Watkins Glen victor.

Stevan McAleer, in the Race House #14 entry, also nailed the start from ninth on the grid, going to third before a broken rear sway bar in his Van Diemen relegated him to 11th, which is still best finish of the year for the SMR/Race House squad.

“I studied the rules on the green flag so knew I could go when I saw it,” McAleer, in his first ever F2000 start, said. “I managed to get to third and then the understeer came so I just hung on from there.”
Charles Finelli knabs the CellMark Paper Hard Charger award by advancing 15 positions, going from 30th to 15th.

The F2000 action continues at Watkins Glen with race two, tomorrow, July 4, at 11:00am (GMT – 5). Follow live updates online at www.F2000ChampionshipSeries.com and on Twitter @F2000.

Race one results:

Pos No. Name Laps Total Tm Diff Gap Avg. Speed
1 2 Daniel Erickson 14 26:38.552 - - 106.251
2 37 Chris Livengood 14 26:40.164 +1.612 +1.612 106.144
3 88 Tim Minor/M 14 26:47.942 +9.390 +7.778 105.631
4 1 Cole Morgan 14 26:50.172 +11.620 +2.230 105.484
5 23 Victor Carbone 14 26:50.504 +11.952 +0.332 105.463
6 89 Rob Nicholas/M 14 26:55.203 +16.651 +4.699 105.156
7 5 Keith McCrone/M 14 26:55.910 +17.358 +0.707 105.110
8 42 James Winslow 14 26:57.607 +19.055 +1.697 105.000
9 26 Fabio Orsolon 14 26:58.445 +19.893 +0.838 104.945
10 3 Phil Lombardi/M 14 26:58.609 +20.057 +0.164 104.935
11 14 Steven McAleer 14 26:59.937 +21.385 +1.328 104.849
12 80 Bobby Caldwell 14 27:08.670 +30.118 +8.733 104.286
13 22 Jonathon Scarallo 14 27:13.731 +35.179 +5.061 103.963
14 11 Jesse Yorio 14 27:14.417 +35.865 +0.686 103.920
15 83 Charles Finelli/M 14 27:24.470 +45.918 +10.053 103.284
16 7 Brent Gilkes/M 14 27:25.094 +46.542 +0.624 103.245
17 27 Craig Clawson/M 14 27:26.028 +47.476 +0.934 103.187
18 25 Jeff McCusker/M 14 27:40.047 +1:01.495 +14.019 102.315
19 97 Chris Gumprecht 14 27:44.409 +1:05.857 +4.362 102.047
20 69 Paul Farmer/M 14 27:48.152 +1:09.600 +3.743 101.818
21 85 Zach Craigo 14 28:05.707 +1:27.155 +17.555 100.758
22 95 Al Giubord, Jr. 14 28:12.187 +1:33.635 +6.480 100.372
23 73 Vaughn Horvath 14 28:15.699 +1:37.147 +3.512 100.164
24 12 Bob Reid/M 14 28:32.276 +1:53.724 +16.577 99.194
25 94 Al Guibord,Sr./M 14 28:37.298 +1:58.746 +5.022 98.904
26 28 Ardie Greenamyer/M 13 25:12.751 1 Lap 1 Lap 104.258
27 4 Chris Camadella/M 11 21:54.077 3 Laps 2 Laps 101.556
28 90 Robert Wright/M 8 15:52.415 6 Laps 3 Laps 101.905
29 51 Dan Denison/M 8 15:59.955 +7.540 +7.540 101.105
DNF 70 Tom Fatur/M 6 24:02.173 8 Laps 2 Laps 50.474
DNF 8 Mark Defer/M 2 4:27.526 12 Laps 4 Laps 90.698
DNF 06 Tim Paul 1 2:10.946 13 Laps 1 Lap 92.649

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