2000 marked the third season that the Canadian Formula Ford Championship was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.
Running as a support race for high profile events such as the Canadian Grand Prix and the Toronto Indy contributed to healthy grids and close racing.
The 2000 season opened on the May long weekend at Mosport International Raceway. This event was followed by the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and another popular venue on the calendar, the Molson Indy Toronto. Rounds four and five were the series only doubleheader weekend. Competitors would race on Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. The next two events took place at Mosport, with races being conducted on August’s the first and last weekend. The championship concluded in early September at Autodrome St-Eustache.
The single-seater, open-wheel race cars in the series are powered by a four-cylinder, 1600-cc Ford engine, which produces120-horsepower. A mixture of European and North American chassis is used by competitors. Two of the most successful cars are constructed in Canada – the Aero and CMV. Minimum vehicle weight is determined by the suspension design and ranges from 1050 to 1125-lbs., with the driver. Teams are required to use a spec fuel from Sunoco (Ultra 94) and a spec tire (Hankook Z2000).
Round one of the 2000 Canadian Formula Ford Championship was conducted at Mosport International Raceway on the Victoria Day weekend. Drivers would compete on the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for sixteen-laps.
|The first lap into corner one for the opening round of the 2000 Canadian Formula Ford Championship. Leading the field of twenty-three starters is the pole-sitter, Jonathan Macri, in the No. 31 AIM Motorsports prepared AERO II. Behind Macri is the third-place qualifier, Matt White driving the No. 4 Britain West Van Diemen RF00 and the No. 7 Vector MG-93 of the outside front row starter, Jean-Sebastien Bedard.|
|Last year’s ‘Rookie of the Year,’ Jonathan Macri, joined the AIM Motorsports team to drive the No. 31 AERO II. In qualifying, Macri didn’t post his fastest time until the last lap, which earned him the pole. He led the opening lap of the race but lost the top spot to Jean-Sebastien Bedard, who would battle with Matt White. Bedard and White had issues during the contest and Macri would win by a margin of 21.66-seconds.|
|Louis-Philippe Dumoulin joined the Canadian Formula Ford Championship for his second full season of the series. Dumoulin piloted an older No. 99 Van Diemen RF90. During the qualifying session, he was only able to manage the fifteenth fastest time. In the race, Dumoulin charged to the front and benefited from the misfortunes of Matt White, Francis Macri and Jean-Sebastien Bedard to finish in the runner-up position.|
|Didier Schraenen was also able to advance due to his competitor’s bad luck and capture the final position on the podium. Schraenen was the fifth-fastest in qualifying but could not match the pace of the leaders or Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and Marc DeVellis. With Matt White, Francis Macri and Jean-Sebastien encountering issues and the disqualification of DeVellis, Schraenen inherited a third-place finish.|
|British Columbia’s Marc DeVellis started round one of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship in eleventh-place. An excellent performance and problems for Matt White, Francis Macri and Jean-Sebastien Bedard allowed the driver of the No. 67 Key Motorsports Van Diemen RF98 to cross the finish line in third place. Unfortunately, DeVellis’ car was underweight during the post-race tech inspection and he was disqualified.|
|Jean-Sebastien Bedard gave notice early in the weekend that he would be a contender. Bedard dominated the practice sessions and topped the qualifying timesheet until the final minutes of the session. He started second but moved into the lead on lap-2. Bedard traded first place with Matt White and Jonathan Macri until the sixth circuit when the No. 7 Vector MG-93 developed a mechanical issue. He finished eighteenth.|
|The No. 4 Britain West prepared Van Diemen RF99 was driven by Matt White, the son of the former Bulova Formula Ford champion, David White. He was gridded fourth for the start of the race and exchanged the lead with Jonathan Macri and Jean-Sebastien Bedard. On lap-12, there was contact between White and Francis Macri in turn eight. The incident took him out of contention and he finished in twelfth-place.|
|The podium for round one of the 2000 Canadian Formula Ford Championship at Mosport International Raceway. In the center is last year’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ and the race winner, Jonathan Macri. On the left side of the rostrum is the runner-up, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. The final position on the podium is occupied by Marc DeVellis. DeVellis would be disqualified after his car failed the technical inspection.|
|1||1||Jonathan Macri||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||16||-|
|2||15||Louis-Philippe Dumoulin||Van Diemen RF90||CHB Forest||16||-|
|4||7||Brett Osler||Van Diemen RF92||SPOC Telecom||16||-|
|5||13||Gerry Kavanaugh||Van Diemen RF91||EDJ Packaging||16||-|
|6||17||Melanie Paterson||Van Diemen RF97||Sunoco/Pennzoil||16||-|
|7||19||Alex Michie||Van Diemen RF98||Tooling & Equipment||16||-|
|8||22||Robert Boyer||Van Diemen RF98||Spasco||16||-|
|9||12||Eric Paradis||Van Diemen RF97||Amusement 222||16||-|
|10||20||Steve Pickering||Van Diemen RF90||Transmissions Unlimited||15||-|
|11||21||Michel Fournier||Van Diemen RF94||Simard Transport||15||-|
|12||3||Matt White||Van Diemen RF00||Britain West||13||Accident|
|13||8||James Yott||Van Diemen RF98||Groupe DKY Advertising||13||Did Not Finish|
|14||14||Michael Gayowski||Van Diemen RF92||Monarch Automotive||13||Did Not Finish|
|15||18||Tom Reinsel||Van Diemen RF97||Broken Bones Racing||13||Did Not Finish|
|16||4||Francis Macri||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||12||Accident|
|17||16||Edouard Aube||Van Diemen RF94||Team Scalzo||12||-|
|18||2||Jean-Sebastien Bedard||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||12||-|
|19||6||Frederick Martel||Van Diemen RF94||Team Scalzo||6||Did Not Finish|
|20||9||Ryan Horses||Van Diemen RF98||Basi Autosport||5||Did Not Finish|
|21||10||Jon Adams||Van Diemen RF98||Adams Racing||4||Did Not Finish|
|22||23||Hughes Guenette||Van Diemen RF97||Basi Autosport||0||Did Not Finish|
|DSQ||11||Marc DeVellis||Van Diemen RF98||Key Motorsport||16||Under Weight|
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