Watkins Glen Pole to La Rocca

October 13, 2012
Another pole for La Rocca (photo: Valet)

Watkins Glen, NY – Continuing his utter qualifying dominance of the 2012 season, Robert La Rocca cruised to the race one (round 13) pole position at Watkins Glen International for HP-Tech Motorsport ahead of Wyatt Gooden and Zach Craigo, in his career best qualifying effort for Front Range Motorsports. Completing the top five were Summit Point winner Niki Coello and Kyle Connery in a pair of RFRs.

In his first laps of the season, following problems on Friday, Rob Nicholas was sixth quick for K-Fast with Chris Livengood, Cesar Lapoint, Tom Fatur and David Grant, the 2012 Atlantic Series Champion, following.

Logging times during the 25-minute all-green-flag session were a season best 37 cars.

La Rocca’s pole position made it 11on his Championship-winning year, in 13 tries, and his fast lap was more than six tenths clear of second place Gooden for Quantum Racing Services.

Kevin Kopp was 11th quick despite going off during the session, while Robert Wright was the first of the Radon’s in 12th. Tim Paul, Matthew Inge and Dean Baker completed the top 15.

Race one of the doubleheader weekend follows at approximately 2:10 local time, with live updates available on www.f2000series.com along with F2000’s live audio program.

Qualifying Results

Pos No. Name Best Tm Best Spd In Lap Diff Gap 1 10 Robert LaRocca 1:51.995 108.326 7 - - 2 6 Wyatt Gooden 1:52.640 107.706 13 +0.645 +0.645 3 18 Zach Craigo 1:52.745 107.606 7 +0.750 +0.105 4 81 Niki Coello 1:53.045 107.320 10 +1.050 +0.300 5 91 Kyle Connery 1:53.440 106.946 11 +1.445 +0.395 6 89 Rob Nicholas/M 1:53.637 106.761 8 +1.642 +0.197 7 37 Chris Livengood 1:53.843 106.568 10 +1.848 +0.206 8 33 Cesar Lapoint 1:53.897 106.517 9 +1.902 +0.054 9 70 Tom Fatur/M 1:54.214 106.222 7 +2.219 +0.317 10 8 David Grant 1:54.235 106.202 12 +2.240 +0.021 11 66 Kevin Kopp 1:54.253 106.185 6 +2.258 +0.018 12 90 Robert Wright/M 1:54.464 105.990 9 +2.469 +0.211 13 06 Tim Paul 1:54.478 105.977 4 +2.483 +0.014 14 20 Matthew Inge 1:54.537 105.922 11 +2.542 +0.059 15 52 Dean Baker/M 1:54.766 105.711 9 +2.771 +0.229 16 19 John Brumder/M 1:55.143 105.365 12 +3.148 +0.377 17 39 Danyel Torres 1:55.556 104.988 6 +3.561 +0.413 18 51 Dan Denison/M 1:55.643 104.909 10 +3.648 +0.087 19 35 Eric Presbrey 1:55.872 104.702 10 +3.877 +0.229 20 83 Charles Finelli 1:55.932 104.648 10 +3.937 +0.060 21 42 Bill Jordan/M 1:56.007 104.580 10 +4.012 +0.075 22 0 Keith McCrone/M 1:56.365 104.258 10 +4.370 +0.358 23 64 Sergio Pasian 1:56.374 104.250 4 +4.379 +0.009 24 77 Chris Camadella/M 1:56.525 104.115 8 +4.530 +0.151 25 27 Craig Clawson/M 1:56.605 104.044 10 +4.610 +0.080 26 3 Matt Machiko 1:56.617 104.033 7 +4.622 +0.012 27 22 Gustavo Rizzo 1:57.037 103.660 7 +5.042 +0.420 28 25 Jeff McCusker/M 1:57.550 103.207 5 +5.555 +0.513 29 73 Vaughn Horvath 1:58.218 102.624 6 +6.223 +0.668 30 71 Steve Bamford 1:59.330 101.668 11 +7.335 +1.112 31 16 Peter Gonzalez/M 1:59.576 101.458 5 +7.581 +0.246 32 46 Doug Rocco 1:59.650 101.396 7 +7.655 +0.074 33 67 Dave Weitzenhof/M 1:59.770 101.294 2 +7.775 +0.120 34 57 Scott Baroody 2:00.191 100.939 4 +8.196 +0.421 35 86 Jim Hanrahan/M 2:00.801 100.430 10 +8.806 +0.610 36 48 Will Haney 2:01.349 99.976 5 +9.354 +0.548 37 61 Tom Drake/M 2:01.683 99.702 9 +9.688 +0.334 38 9 Jose Montiel -.--- - 0 - -