Saturday Mosport Notebook

July 23, 2011
Will someone be making update kits for the Van Diemen?

With seven hours between sessions, there was plenty of time to catch up on stories in the paddock including tire conservation, Van Diemen update kits, drivers from Colorado and more.

Van Diemen Update Kits

With new cars entering the Series by manufacturers Radon and RFR, what about a very obvious update kid for the now-getting-older Van Diemens that are still the package to have?

Well the idea may be more than a dream, with a group (Radon) exploring the option. With CFD data from a Van Diemen wind tunnel test and a wing package that already exists, it may not be too hard to come up with a 2012 or 2013 update kit for the Van Diemen.

Livengood’s Race Plan

Livengood is on pole but ran a lot of laps in qualifying.

Chris Livengood gave up the lead late in Friday’s race to Kyle Connery and will lead from pole for the last F2000 Championship Series race of the weekend at Mosport. Fittingly, Connery lines up beside Livengood on the all-American front row.

“The plan is not to race anyone,” said Livengood. “If I get a good start I feel like we can run consistent fast laps. The car has great race pace and I just feel like I can lap around here all day long. I have not had two podiums in one weekend yet this year so it would be nice to do that with a win here.”

Livengood, however, may have tire strategy come into play as he ran 21 laps in qualifying and will race on the same tires per F2000 rules of allowing only six Hoosiers for qualifying and race sessions.

Tire Strategy

Livengood’s 21 qualifying laps were followed by Connery with just 11 laps, Robert La Rocca with 15, Remy Audette with 16 and Tim Minor with 17.

Zach Craigo

Zach Craigo

That brings the pointer to Colorado’s Zach Craigo, coming off his best F2000 finish ever at Mosport of a sixth place for Front Range Motorsports. Craigo only ran 11 laps in qualifying and has one sticker tire left for the race when he still start from seventh, his best starting position to date in the Series.

“What a difference a year makes,” commented Craigo, who had a big shunt at Mosport in 2010 during the F2000 weekend. “The car just feels better, I’m actually sort of speechless."

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