New York, NY- The F2000 Championship Series lands in Mosport this weekend for rounds five and six of the 14-round, seven-weekend 2010 national championship. After sweeping Road Atlanta, and winning three out of four races this season, Victor Carbone, driving the #23 Van Diemen/Zetec for Alegra Motorsports, has a sizeable margin in the points and is the hot driver coming into Mosport. Carbone won the season opening race at VIR, and then ran away with the double-race weekend at Road Atlanta.
“Last year we had a great weekend here and it was our best performance to date at the time,” said Carbone. “I really like the track; it’s very challenging and keeps you on the edge. In 2009 we had a great set-up on the car here and we’ve only been improving since then, so the goal is to go home with two trophies.”
Sitting second in points is 2007 F2000 title-holder Cole Morgan. The American, moving over to Liberty Motorsports from K-Hill for this event, tasted victory at VIR and has been quick all season.
Morgan added: “I’ve never been to Mosport before, but I’m not scared of the place. Everyone tells me it was built for a guy like me, but I’ll sure as heck respect the concrete surrounding it. I just hope I can get back to winning this weekend, we were off our game a bit in Atlanta.”
Just four points adrift from Morgan is Carbone’s teammate and fellow Brazilian, Fabio Orsolon, driving the #26 for Alegra Motorsports. The Alegra duo paced every single official session at Road Atlanta, and Orsolon finished second in the first race before a late-race incident knocked him off the podium in round two. Orsolon scored the first podium of his F2000 career at Mosport last season.
And then there’s Jonathan Scarallo. The 18-year old New Yorker is coming off a career-best second at Road Atlanta in the #22 R-Sport entry.
"Mosport is one of the few tracks that probably every driver and team member highlights on the schedule,” said Scarallo, who is in his second F2000 season. “The track is one of the best and the fans are too. We have momentum coming off a podium finish and I was quick here last season. Anything less than a win and I will be disappointed."
Scarallo’s teammate, Keith McCrone, in the #5 Masters Class (drivers over the age of 40) Van Diemen, should figure in as well after finishing fifth at Road Atlanta.
Quebec’s Remy Audette was quick at Mosport last year and should be near the sharp end of the grid in the #21 Audette Racing Van Diemen. The Canadian sits ninth in the national championship after missing Road Atlanta, but finished second in round two at VIR.
Phil Lombardi is leading the Masters Class drivers at Mosport and could play spoiler for an overall win. The veteran sits fifth in the standings, driving the #3 GTP Van Diemen.
“Mosport is my favorite track,” said Lombardi. “In a sick and twisted way I hope it rains all weekend. We've been good all year and have gotten better every race, but don't have the results to match the effort, although every race we finish better. We've yet to show what we are really capable of and Mosport needs to be our turning point.”
There will be some Series newcomers as well. Felix Serralles makes his first F2000 start, driving the #17 for GTP Motorsports. Serralles, out of Miami, is moving up from the Skip Barber Series. Zack Craigo will make his 2010 debut, last having driven in 2008. Craigo will pilot the #85 for Liberty Motorsports
There are more storylines in the F2000 paddock: Chris Livengood was a solid ticket-holder to the top ten at both weekends so far this season, and the #37 will be Zetec powered for the first time, having just completed an engine swap to replace a Pinto. Jesse Yorio has the newest hardware on the grid, the #11 Piper DF5C chassis. Ardie Greenamyer is coming off two career-best top tens in the #28 and is picking up steam. Seven-time SCCA national Champion Dave Weitzenhof won the Masters Class at Mosport last year and his #67 is the only Citation chassis in the field.
Live updates will be available throughout the event on Twitter @F2000 and on www.F2000ChampionshipSeries.com. Friday features two official practice sessions with a third following early Saturday morning. Qualifying gets underway in the late morning on Saturday before a mid-afternoon race. Sunday features a morning qualifying session followed by race two of the weekend at 11:45 am.