Connery Ends F2000 Season with a Win

October 17, 2011
Connery won number six on 2011.

Watkins Glen, NY – 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.

“On the restart Remy came over and we went all the way to the wall,” said Connery, who has the most wins of any driver in the 2011 season. “He gave me room and I got by. I didn’t want to win under caution but we’ll take it.”

The race was run late on Sunday afternoon, on an ever darkening race track, with the skies opening literally as the checkered flags waved.

For the entire 2011 season, Champion Audette finished outside the top five, once, when he came home seventh at Mid-Ohio.

Rob Nicholas took his best finish of the year for K-Fast Autosport in the No. 89 Van Diemen, with Robert La Rocca in fourth for HP-Tech Motorsport in the RFR chassis. Thomas Schwietz rounded out the top five with Brian Tomasi, Chris Livengood, Angel Benitez, Mark Defer and John La Rue completing the top ten.

In the Championship, Audette easily wins and is followed by Chris Livengood, Connery, Minor and La Rocca.

Round 14 of the 2011 season got underway cleanly but Tim Minor ended up in the turn 11 wall coming to lap two to bring out a full course caution. Minor finished second in the first race of the weekend and led most of the laps.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, 2010 F2000 Champion Victor Carbone won the Indy Lights race on an oval in Las Vegas.

The race for the SOS Children’s Villages Cup went to 2011 Champion Remy Audette, who amassed the most points over four races at Watkins Glen.

Race Results:

Pos No. Name Laps Total Tm Diff Gap Avg. Speed Best Tm Best Spd 1 91 Kyle Connery 11 29:30.221 - - 75.387 1:53.356 107.026 2 89 Rob Nicholas/M 11 29:31.250 +1.029 +1.029 75.343 1:54.269 106.171 3 21 Remy Audette 11 29:32.520 +2.299 +1.270 75.289 1:52.725 107.625 4 10 Robert La Rocca 11 29:34.867 +4.646 +2.347 75.190 1:54.346 106.099 5 72 Thomas Schwietz/M 11 29:35.312 +5.091 +0.445 75.171 1:54.670 105.799 6 96 Brian Tomasi 11 29:35.980 +5.759 +0.668 75.143 1:54.498 105.958 7 37 Chris Livengood 11 29:36.753 +6.532 +0.773 75.110 1:54.380 106.067 8 26 Angel Benitez 11 29:36.958 +6.737 +0.205 75.101 1:54.948 105.543 9 8 Mark Defer/M 11 29:37.753 +7.532 +0.795 75.068 1:54.856 105.628 10 17 John LaRue/M 11 29:38.522 +8.301 +0.769 75.035 1:55.459 105.076 11 11 Joe Colasacco 11 29:39.548 +9.327 +1.026 74.992 1:55.301 105.220 12 27 Craig Clawson/M 11 29:40.997 +10.776 +1.449 74.931 1:55.394 105.135 13 90 Robert Wright/M 11 29:42.166 +11.945 +1.169 74.882 1:55.597 104.951 14 05 Peter LeSueur 11 29:42.613 +12.392 +0.447 74.863 1:57.377 103.359 15 51 Dan Denison/M 11 29:43.109 +12.888 +0.496 74.842 1:56.932 103.753 16 42 Bill Jordan/M 11 29:44.100 +13.879 +0.991 74.801 1:57.215 103.502 17 52 Dean Baker 11 29:45.214 +14.993 +1.114 74.754 1:58.419 102.450 18 06 Tim Paul 11 29:46.047 +15.826 +0.833 74.719 1:56.942 103.744 19 25 Jeff McCusker/M 11 29:47.180 +16.959 +1.133 74.672 1:58.280 102.570 20 31 Brendan Puderbach 11 29:48.135 +17.914 +0.955 74.632 2:00.155 100.970 21 60 John Brumder 11 29:48.691 +18.470 +0.556 74.609 2:00.053 101.055 22 73 Vaughn Horvath 11 29:49.865 +19.644 +1.174 74.560 1:59.192 101.785 23 15 Aaron Pettipas 11 29:50.863 +20.642 +0.998 74.518 2:03.464 98.263 24 61 Tom Drake/M 11 29:51.722 +21.501 +0.859 74.483 2:02.883 98.728 25 22 Giancarlo Potolicchio/M 11 29:52.234 +22.013 +0.512 74.461 2:00.074 101.038 26 77 Blake Teeter 11 29:52.738 +22.517 +0.504 74.440 2:03.323 98.376 27 71 Francis Kennette 11 29:53.418 +23.197 +0.680 74.412 2:07.396 95.231 28 7 Greg Strelzof 11 29:54.134 +23.913 +0.716 74.382 2:06.550 95.867 29 2 Nathan Morcom 8 21:24.353 3 Laps 3 Laps 75.568 1:59.539 101.490 30 03 Tim Walsh 8 29:54.779 +8:30.426 +8:30.426 54.077 2:00.802 100.429 31 83 Charles Finelli/M 6 32:17.907 5 Laps 2 Laps 37.562 1:59.448 101.567 32 14 Fred Bross/M 5 13:12.556 6 Laps 1 Lap 76.537 2:00.852 100.387 DNF 88 Tim Minor/M 0 0.097 11 Laps 5 Laps - -.--- - DNS 16 Peter Gonzalez/M 0 -.--- - - - -.--- - DNS 28 Ardie Greenamyer/M 0 -.--- - - - -.--- - DNS 53 Eric Langbien 0 -.--- - - - -.--- - DNS 86 Jim Hanrahan/M 0 -.--- - - - -.--- -