Liberty Motorsports Watkins Glen Preview
Liberty Motorsports enters Rounds Seven and Eight of the F2000 Championship Series this weekend (July 3-4) at Watkins Glen International poised to build on its double podium run in Canada. With Cole Morgan, Bobby Caldwell and Zach Craigo once again behind the wheels, the Illinois-based squad travels to the renowned road course in upstate New York as one of the hottest teams in series competition.
A little over two weeks ago, Liberty Motorsports fielded what it believed was one of the deepest driver line-ups in the paddock at Mosport International Raceway via Morgan, Caldwell and Craigo. Come the conclusion of the doubleheader weekend that certainly appeared to be the case, as Morgan stood on the podium twice via a second and third place, Caldwell earned a season’s best eighth place in race two – after challenging for a top-five in race one before a late race incident – and Craigo narrowly missed a top-10 in his return to competitive racing after a lengthy hiatus.
Given these results, it came as no surprise that Liberty Motorsports was keen to keep the trio together, despite Morgan being originally scheduled to rejoin his regular squad for Rounds Seven and Eight. After further discussion with K-Hill/Greisiger Motorsports an agreement was reached to extend Morgan’s stay with Illinois-based squad through the Watkins Glen event, after which he is set to return to his primary team.
With Morgan returning to the cockpit of the No. 1 Silicon Salvage/Triad Magnetics Liberty Motorsports entry, the goal now will be to continue building the bond among the three racers and the crew, ideally further raising everyone’s game. When combined with the fact that the high-speed nature of the Watkins Glen road course suits not only Caldwell in the No. No. 80 Liberty Motorsports entry, but also Craigo in his No. 85 Rocky Mountain Medical Lasers Inc./Strahan Colorado Whiskey/Liberty Motorsports car, spirits are high under the Liberty Motorsports awning prior to the two races being run in conjunction with the IndyCar Series.
“I believe the key to a successful weekend is having a great day on Friday,” said Chuck Lessick, Liberty Motorsports Team Manager. “Being the busiest day on the schedule, and having qualifying for both the weekend’s races just a few hours apart, we really have to be on our game. Also, the Glen is notorious for having shortened sessions due to on track incidents, which tends to jumble up the qualifying order a bit. As long as we can qualify our guys near front, we anticipate another strong outing.”
The premier event on the F2000 Championship Series calendar gets underway at Watkins Glen International for the Liberty Motorsports trio on Thursday (July 1) via a pair of 45-minute test sessions. Day two will feature two 30-minute practice sessions, prior to two 30-minute qualifying runs, which will set the grids for Rounds Seven and Eight. Race one of the doubleheader will take place on Saturday (July 3) at 10:15 a.m. local time, while race two is scheduled to commence on Sunday (July 4) at 11 a.m. local time.