The 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship kicks off on the Victoria Day weekend at Mosport International Raceway.
This event is followed by the biggest race on the series calendar - the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The Montreal round will take place in front of over 100,000 spectators and the winner will receive a cheque for $7,000.
The championship returns to Mosport at the end of June to support the CASCAR series.
Round four is on Canada Day at Autodrome St-Eustache followed by the series only doubleheader weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
The next event takes place at Mosport in conjunction with the American Le Man Series.
The championship concludes in late September with a second visit to Autodrome St-Eustache.
To attract participants and spectators, there are new sponsors, venues and a TV package. A.N. Deringer has signed a two-year contract to become the presenting sponsor. Also joining the championship are Ansell Healthcare Canada, Autosport Basi Racing School and Team Players. Some of the returning supporters include Ford Canada, Hankook Tires and Cardinal Watches.
The television coverage will be provided by CTV Sportsnet and RDS. They will broadcast five magazine-type shows starting in the Fall. Each thirty-minute program will feature race coverage, interviews with drivers and team owners, behind the scenes segments and technical reviews.
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 Imperial Oil (Esso) and a spec tire (Hankook Z2000).
Round three of the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship was held at Mosport International Raceway in conjunction with the CASCAR 250 Weekend. Drivers would race around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for fifteen-laps.
|The pole-sitter, Josh Schreiber, in the No. 23 AIM Motorsports Aero II leads the field of twenty-one Formula Ford drivers for round three of the 2001 championship at Mosport International Raceway. Chasing Schreiber is the other front row starter, Matt White driving the No. 4 Scuderia LM Vector MG-93. Behind White is the Van Diemen of Billy Asaro and Schreiber’s teammate, Mark Wilkens, in the No. 34 Aero II.|
|After three rounds of the 2001 Canadian Formula Ford Championship, the series had its second rookie winner. This time it was the driver of the No. 86 Key Motorsports Van Diemen RF01, Andy Brumbaugh. Brumbaugh was gridded eighth for the start of the contest but wasted no time moving forward. A lap-9 caution allowed him to catch the front-runners and on the thirteenth circuit, he drafted by the leader, Billy Asaro, for the victory.|
|Key Motorsport called on the services of Billy Asaro to pilot the team’s second entry. In 2001, Asaro was driving for the Key Motorsport in the USF2000 championship and leading the point standings. He qualified third fastest and moved into the lead on lap-3. Asaro built a cushion, but that ended with a full-course caution. On lap-13, his teammate, Andy Brumbaugh, passed him in turn eight. He finished in second place.|
|If not for his disqualification in round one at Mosport International Raceway, Edouard Aube may have been leading the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. He lost his third-place finish in race one but redeemed himself with a runner-up result at Montreal. Aube qualified eighth fastest at Mosport driving the No. 22 Britain West Van Diemen and drafted his way to the front, grabbing the podium’s final position.|
|Aim Motorsports’ rookie, Josh Schreiber, opened the season with a second-place finish and started third at Montreal but retired on the first lap. In his second visit to Mosport International Raceway, he put the No. 23 Aero II on the pole. Schreiber was in fourth-place when he pitted on lap-6 with an issue. He returned to the race, albeit one lap down and was classified with a fifteenth-place finish.|
|Another driver who opened their 2001 campaign on a ‘high note’ was Matt White. The driver of the No. 4 Vector MG-93 led flag-to-flag to grab the victory in round one at Mosport International Raceway. White retired in the series second event at Montreal. He was back on form for race three and started in second-place. White jumped into the lead and maintained first-place for two laps before recording his second DNF.|
|1||8||Andy Brumbaugh||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsport||15||-|
|2||3||Billy Asaro||Van Diemen RF01||Key Motorsport||15||-|
|3||9||Edouard Aube||Van Diemen RF01||Britain West||15||-|
|4||10||Gerry Kavanaugh||Van Diemen RF91||EDJ Packaging||15||-|
|5||11||Josh Beaulieu||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||15||-|
|6||13||Eric Paradis||Van Diemen RF97||Dynamic||15||-|
|7||6||Louis-Philippe Dumoulin||Van Diemen RF90||CHB Forest||15||-|
|8||15||David Lopez||Van Diemen RF92||Adams Racing||15||-|
|9||19||Jim Hallman||Van Diemen RF98||Hallman Racing||15||-|
|10||14||Robert Boyer||Van Diemen RF97||Basi Autosport||15||-|
|11||20||Francois Bellemare||EuroSwift SC92||Thomas Bellemare||15||-|
|12||16||Isabelle Roy||Van Diemen RF94||Basi Autosport||15||-|
|13||7||Brett Osler||Van Diemen RF92||EDJ Packaging||15||-|
|14||21||Steve Pickering||Van Diemen RF90||Transmission Unlimited||15||-|
|15||1||Josh Schreiber||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||14||-|
|16||4||Mark Wilkins||AERO II||AIM Motorsports||13||Did Not Finish|
|17||2||Matt White||Vector MG-93||Scuderia LM||12||Did Not Finish|
|18||17||Jean-Philippe Papineau||CMV||Equipe de Course Mahoney||12||Did Not Finish|
|19||12||Didier Schraenen||CMV||Dynatec||12||Did Not Finish|
|20||5||Jesse Mason||Van Diemen RF00||Britain West||12||Did Not Finish|
|21||18||Melanie Paterson||Van Diemen RF97||Adams Racing||6||Did Not Finish|
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