The 1998 US F2000 National Championship, sanctioned by the United States Auto Club and the
Sports Car Club of America – Pro Racing, is an open-wheel series for Formula 2000 race cars.
The series receives support from the Ford Motor Company, Yokohama Tires, Sunoco Racing Fuels
and Racing Electronics.
The championship consists of fourteen races contested on road courses, ovals and one street circuit. The season begins in January on the Walt Disney World Speedway oval and ends with a doubleheader at Pikes Peak International Raceway in late September.
The cars competing in the series are single-seat, rear-engine, open-wheel vehicles constructed with a tube frame chassis. Manufacturers producing series chassis include Carbir, Swift, Tatuus, Bowman and the most popular choice, Van Diemen. These 1,190-lb formula cars are powered by a 2.0-liter Ford NEA engine fitted with a single Weber DGV carburetor. At 6,200-rpm, the motors produce approximately 150-horsepower. The suspensions are independent – both front and rear. Shock absorbers and sway bars are adjustable. The cars compete on a spec tire from Yokohama and use a spec fuel provided by Sunoco.
Drivers compete in one of two classes:
Titles are also on the line for Chassis Manufacturers, Engine Builders and Prep Shops.
The US F2000 National Championship made the first of two stops at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in June. Drivers would compete in a twenty-lap contest around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.
|Australian David Besnard drive the No. 13 Haase Racing Karts Van Diemen RF98. Besnard entered the series with a racing resume that included the 1996 Australian Formula Ford title. When the teams made their first stop at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round seven, he was the points leader with wins at Orlando, Phoenix, Homestead and Watkins Glen. At Mid-Ohio, he went flag-to-flag for another victory.|
|Finishing second at Mid-Ohio by a margin of 6.648-seconds was Marc-Antoine Camirand. Camirand’s first start of the season was rounds three and four, where he collected a pair of fourth-place results. At Watkins Glen, Camirand earned his first podium. He qualified fourth fastest at Mid-Ohio in the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen RF98. However, Camirand was in second by lap-2 and held the position to the finish.|
|The No. 51 autoconnect.com Van Diemen RF98 was another Key Motorsport entry driven by Greg LeMond. LeMond is a former cyclist that won the Road Race World Championship twice and the Tour de France three times. At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, he qualified ninth fastest. By lap-14 of 20, LeMond was in third and maintained the spot to the checkered flag for his second third-place result of the season.|
|Michael Johnson also entered the series with some celebrity status. Johnson was a participant in MTV’s The Real World: London. While in England, he competed in Formula Renault and the British Touring Car Championship. In this year’s US F2000 National Championship, Johnson campaigned the No. 8 Valvoline / Slick Eyewear Van Diemen RF98. At Mid-Ohio, he started twelfth and charged to a fourth-place finish.|
|The most popular choice of a race car manufacturer in the US F2000 National Championship is Van Diemen. However, there is an option from Tatuus, which produces the RC98 model. Tatuus Racing is an Italian company founded in 1980 by Artico Sandona. There were three Tatuus RC98 entered at Mid-Ohio. The quickest belonged to Ryan Hampton, who was gridded eighth in the No. 88 version and finished fifth.|
|Another constructor of F2000 race cars is Bowman. The first Bowman was built in 1991 by Steve Hollman. In 1998, the company entered the US F2000 National Championship with the BC5 designed by Bruce Cary. At Mid-Ohio, there were entries from Highcroft Racing for Andy Lally and team principal Duncan Dayton. Lally drove the No. 5 Bowman BC5 and finished sixth after qualifying thirteenth.|
|1||1||F2A||David Besnard||Haase Racing Karts/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|2||4||F2A||Marc-Antoine Camirand||Key Motorsport/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|3||9||F2A||Greg LeMond||autoconnect.com/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|4||12||F2A||Mike Johnson||Valvoline/PCG/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|5||8||F2A||Ryan Hampton||Beta/Tatuus RC98||20||-|
|6||13||F2A||Andy Lally||Red Line Oil/Bowman BC5||20||-|
|7||11||F2A||Bobby Oergel||Quicksilver/Red Line/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|8||2||F2A||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Hornish Bros.Trucking/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|9||18||F2A||Anthony Simone||Babbitt Enterprises/Van Diemen RF97||20||-|
|10||7||F2A||Jonathan Bottoms||Team Great Northern/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|11||16||F2A||Ric Rushton||DSTP Motorsports/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|12||5||F2A||Alejandro García||Dixie Numerics/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|13||15||F2A||Christian Coggins||Merryland Apartment/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|14||20||F2B||Guy Cosmo||Valvoline/Bosch/Van Diemen RF94||20||-|
|15||22||F2A||James Yott||Claritin/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|16||21||F2A||Jon Herb||Invincible Sportsware/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|17||24||F2A||Tim Duit||TTK Construction/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|18||23||F2A||Joey Scarallo||Auto Trend Tire & Wheel/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|19||26||F2A||T. J. Bell||Bell Unlimited/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|20||19||F2A||Rolando Quintanilla||Transportes Quintanilla/Van Diemen RF98||20||-|
|21||6||F2A||Robby McGehee||Energizer/VisionAire/Tatuus RC98||20||-|
|22||29||F2A||Billy Puterbaugh, Jr.||Ferguson Steel/Van Diemen RF98||19||-|
|23||31||F2B||Wilmer Valentín||Hi-Tech Motor Corp./Van DiemenRF96||19||-|
|24||30||F2B||Jason Bach||Millennium Systems/Van Diemen RF95||19||-|
|25||14||F2A||Duncan Dayton||Bowman America/Bowman BC5||18||-|
|26||10||F2A||Steve Rikert||SnR Racing/Tatuus Race Cars/Tatuus RC97||8||Mechanical|
|27||25||F2A||Jeff Smith||Terre Haute 1st National Bank/Tatuus RC98||2||Mechanical|
|28||17||F2B||Larry Oberto||The Race Net/Van Diemen RF95||1||Did Not Finish|
|29||27||F2B||Dana LaLiberte||Castrol/Snap-On/Van Diemen RF95||1||Mechanical|
|30||28||F2B||Howie Liebengood||Campaign to Stop Violence/Van Diemen RF95||1||Did Not Finish|
|31||3||F2A||Ryan Jones||Ryder/Winchester/PVS/Van Diemen RF98||1||Mechanical|
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