The American City Racing League (ACRL) was founded in 1988 for race cars that compete in the Sports Car Club of America’s Sports 2000 category.
In a unique format, teams of two to five vehicles represent different cities.
During a race weekend, a team's score is the sum of the team's three leading drivers' points, one of which must be a Sports 2000.
Competitors compete for both individual and team awards.
The ACRL began as a West Coast series and made its East Coast debut in 1999 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
This year’s Eastern division schedule consists of six races at four different venues. The season kicks-off in May at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Next on the calendar is the ACRL’s only doubleheader, which takes place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in conjunction with the Grand-Am series. In early July, the teams travel to Road America for round four. The penultimate event sees the series return to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a weekend with CART. The finale is conducted at Watkins Glen International.
In the Eastern division, there are three classes.
All competitors race on Hoosier tires and use 101 Octane racing fuel.
Rounds two and three of the American City Racing League were held the first weekend in June at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers would compete in two twenty-lap events around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.
|The reigning Sports Car Club of America Sports 2000 National Champion, John Fergus, drove the No. 00 Carbir CS98 and was a member of Team Columbus. Fergus qualified second for race one and led fifteen-laps before overheating front tires forced him to surrender the lead and finish second. On Sunday, he started third but moved into second-place early. When the leader, Andy Lally, retired, Fergus, scored the victory.|
|Duke Johnson was unable to participate in rounds two and three at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Filling the seat in the No. 4 Carbir CS98 for Team St. Louis was Andy Lally. This was Lally’s series debut. He qualified on the pole for Saturday’s contest but lost the lead to John Fergus. When Fergus encountered tire issues Lally, grabbed the win. In round three, he started first but retired with a broken CV joint.|
|Team Boston’s Adam Burrows swept the Sports 1600 category at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course doubleheader. The driver No. 43 SVC qualified on the class pole for race one and started thirteenth overall. Burrows advanced one position to finish twelfth overall. The next day, he started from the top spot in his class and was ninth overall at the end of the event. After three victories, Burrows led the category with 306-points.|
|Another former Sports Car Club of America National Champion competing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was 1997 and 1998 Sports 2000 titlist, David Downey. After a seven-month layoff, Downey returned to competition. Driving the No. 14 Team Chicago Lola T89/90, he qualified third fastest. But he was no match for the leaders and finished third. On Sunday, Downey inherited a runner-up finish when Lally retired.|
|The No. 42 Team Boston SVC was piloted by Darius Grala. Grala didn’t compete in the opening weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway but proved to be on pace at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. During the qualifying session for round two, he was fifteenth fastest and started second in Sports 1600. Grala captured a runner-up result in his category. The next day, he battled with John Faulkner for a third in class.|
|The third former Sports Car Club of America National Champion competing at the doubleheader was A.J. Smith. Smith earned the 1995 C Sports Racer crown driving the No. 92 Pratt-Miller. In the first race of the weekend, the Team Philadelphia driver qualified and finished fourth. In round three, Smith started fourth but was one of the beneficiaries of Andy Lally’s misfortune and captured the final position on the podium.|
|The third member of the Team Boston squad was John Faulkner in the No. 44 SVC. At the conclusion of the first qualifying session, Faulkner was eighteenth fastest. He started and finished third in the Sports 1600 category. On Sunday, Faulkner fared better. During the twenty-lap contest, he passed his teammate Darius Grala for second-place and finished 19.042-seconds behind the winner, Adam Burrows.|
|The Mid-Ohio doubleheader attracted only one Classic Sports 2000 competitor. The No. 90 Swift DB2 was driven by Jack Banha. Banha was collecting points for Team Philadephia. During the qualifying session, he recorded the twelfth fastest time but finished in the seventeenth position. In the finale, Banha was gridded fourteenth for the start and was in tenth place at the checkered flag.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||CITY / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||S2||Andy Lally||St. Louis / Carbir CS98||20||-|
|2||2||S2||John Fergus||Columbus / Carbir CS98||20||-|
|3||3||S2||David Downey||Chicago / Lola T89/90||20||-|
|4||4||S2||A.J. Smith||Philadelphia / Pratt-Miller||20||-|
|5||5||S2||Dan Dubrovich||New York / Doran||20||-|
|6||6||S2||Craig Chima||Columbus / Lola T91/90||20||-|
|7||7||S2||John Burke||New York / Carbir CS98||20||-|
|8||8||S2||David Dullum||Washington DC / Lola T88/90||20||-|
|9||9||S2||Jeff Clinton||St. Louis / Lola T87/90||20||-|
|10||14||S2||David Ferguson||Salinas / Swift DB5||20||-|
|11||11||S2||Bob Liebert||Columbus / Miller RM-2||19||-|
|12||13||S16||Adam Burrows||Boston / SVC||19||-|
|13||17||S2||Darryl Shoff||Philadelphia / Swift DB5||19||-|
|14||15||S16||Darius Grala||Boston / SVC||19||-|
|15||18||S16||John Faulkner||Boston / SVC||19||-|
|16||19||S16||Steve Knight||Portland / SVC||19||-|
|17||12||CS2||Jack Banha||Philadelphia / Swift DB2||18||-|
|18||16||S16||Mel Hawkins||Portland / SVC||18||-|
|19||10||S2||Jim Ballard||Philadelphia / Lola T89/90||11||Mechanical|
|1||3||S2||John Fergus||Columbus / Carbir CS98||20||-|
|2||2||S2||David Downey||Chicago / Lola T89/90||20||-|
|3||4||S2||A.J. Smith||Philadelphia / Pratt-Miller||20||-|
|4||6||S2||Dan Dubrovich||New York / Doran||20||-|
|5||8||S2||John Burke||New York / Carbir CS98||20||-|
|6||11||S2||Jim Ballard||Philadelphia / Lola T89/90||20||-|
|7||7||S2||Jeff Clinton||St. Louis / Lola T87/90||19||-|
|8||13||S2||Bob Liebert||Columbus / Miller RM-2||19||-|
|9||12||S16||Adam Burrows||Boston / SVC||19||-|
|10||14||CS2||Jack Banha||Philadelphia / Swift DB2||19||-|
|11||18||S16||John Faulkner||Boston / SVC||19||-|
|12||15||S16||Darius Grala||Boston / SVC||19||-|
|13||17||S2||Darryl Shoff||Philadelphia / Swift DB5||19||-|
|14||6||S2||Craig Chima||Columbus / Lola T91/90||18||-|
|15||8||S2||David Dullum||Washington DC / Lola T88/90||18||-|
|16||1||S2||Andy Lally||St. Louis / Carbir CS98||17||-|
|17||16||S16||Mel Hawkins||Portland / SVC||6||Did Not Finish|
|18||19||S16||Steve Knight||Portland / SVC||5||Did Not Finish|
|19||14||S2||David Ferguson||Salinas / Swift DB5||4||Did Not Finish|
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