Minor Clinches Title as Robinson Wins Race

October 13, 2014
Skylar Robinson

Watkins Glen, NY – While Skylar Robinson took the lead back with five laps to go to win the season finale F2000 Championship Series race at Watkins Glen, it was Tim Minor that clinched the 2014 Championship with a second place finish. Robinson started on pole, lost the lead, and grabbed it back for his fourth win of the season, while Minor followed. Saturday winner Sam Beasley finished third in round 14 of the 2014 season.

Said 18-year-old Robinson on his win: “Today it was about getting as many points as possible.” While he maxed the day out on points, Robinson missed the 2014 title by a mere two points in the final standings.

Minor vaulted into the lead from the outside front row and led half the race at Watkins Glen to close out the 2014 F2000 Championship Series season, clinching the 2014 title by finishing second. The final half of the year came down to Minor and Robinson as the two battled in similar Citation chassis.

The rivalry was highlighted by a first lap incident on Saturday during the f2000 race, where Robinson and Minor came together. Minor would fight back into the top ten, setting the track record, while Robinson’s car had damage and he could only muster 11th.

For Minor, it was a back-to-back title effort, defending his 2013 crowd and also clinching the 2014 Masters Class Championship.

“We didn’t have a car to win today, but we had a second place car that could win the Championship, and that was what I came here to do,” said Minor, who drives the No. 88 Citation for Ski Motorsports. “It has been a big roller coaster the last three weekends; it is not just me but a team effort. It was focus forward and put yesterday’s incident behind me.”

After a dominating win on Saturday Beasley finished third, ahead of Polestar teammate David Grant, who was fourth overall after a second place run on Saturday. Sergio Pasian completed the top five.

Thomas McGregor was sixth for Exclusive Autosport, with Zacharie Robichon in seventh.

Trent Walko finished eighth and Jason Rabe finished ninth to clinch the season-long CellMark Paper Hard Charger award. Quinlan Lall was tenth.

Contact in the early stages of the race ended the day for Tim Paul, who wouldn’t be able to repeat his third place performance from Saturday. Jim Libecco and Steve Bamford also failed to finish the race. John McCusker was sidelined when he lost a wheel from the Dotworks Racing RFR mid-way through the event. The race featured one brief full course caution period.

While the 2014 F2000 Championship season has concluded, the Series expects to make a schedule announcement in the coming weeks for the 2015 season.

Race Results

PosNo.NameLapsBest TmMake/ModelDiff 1 6 Skylar Robinson 14 1:52.058 Citation - 2 88 Tim Minor/M 14 1:52.526 Citation F2k +3.667 3 44 Sam Beasley 14 1:52.737 Van Diemen +6.309 4 29 David Grant 14 1:53.027 Spectrum 014Z +11.332 5 77 Sergio Pasian 14 1:53.234 Van Diemen Rf +12.958 6 93 Thomas McGregor 14 1:53.358 Spectrum 014Z +15.239 7 4 Zacharie Robichon 14 1:53.602 Van Diemen Rf03 +18.137 8 91 Trent Walko 14 1:54.416 Rfr +25.248 9 14 Jason Rabe 14 1:54.538 Van Diemen +33.717 10 1 Quinlan Lall 14 1:54.844 Van Diemen Rf05 +33.997 11 10 Austin McCusker 14 1:54.729 Rfr 12 +34.109 12 95 Robert Wright/M 14 1:54.434 Radon Rn10 +34.573 13 83 Charles Finelli/M 14 1:55.041 Van Diemen Rf01 +41.488 14 51 Dan Denison/M 14 1:54.343 Van Diemen Rf05 +41.646 15 67 Dave Weitzenhof/M 14 1:56.182 Citation 95Sfz +48.971 16 27 Craig Clawson/M 14 1:55.161 Van Diemen Rf01 +49.634 17 47 Chris Monteleone/M 14 1:56.062 Van Diemen Pinto +49.975 18 64 Jim Hallman/M 14 1:57.079 Van Diemen Dp08 2 +56.805 19 12 Bob Reid/M 14 1:57.024 Rfr +1:04.822 20 66 Kevin Kopp 13 1:54.783 Van Diemen 1 Lap 21 01 John McCusker 8 1:54.333 Rfr 12 6 Laps DNF 98 Jim Libecco 6 1:57.739 Van Diemen Rf05 8 Laps DNF 07 Steve Bamford/M 6 1:56.245 Van Diemen Rf08 +1.188 DNF 06 Timothy Paul 1 2:00.409 Van Diemen 13 Laps DNF 11 Kem Lall/M 1 2:05.301 Radon Rn10 +8.542 DNS 37 Davy D'addario 0 -.--- Rfr - DNS 70 Tom Fatur/M 0 -.--- Van Diemen -