The 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship is an open-wheel series for Formula 2000 race cars. The series receives generous support from the Ford Motor Company, Avon Tires, Sunoco Racing Fuels and Racing Electronics.

The championship consists of thirteen races contested on road courses and ovals. The season begins in March with a doubleheader at Sebring International Raceway. In May, the teams travel north of the border for a doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway. A week later, the series conducts its first oval event of the year at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Next on the calendar are rounds six and seven at the Milwaukee Mile, another oval. Then the series makes the first of two stops at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Six weeks later, teams return to Mid-Ohio for rounds nine and ten. The penultimate weekend of racing is conducted a Road Atlanta during the Petit Le Mans event. The season ends with a doubleheader at Virginia International Raceway.

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, Mygale, Tatuus and the most common choice, Van Diemen. The suspensions are independent – both front and rear. Shock absorbers and sway bars are adjustable. A four-speed, non-synchro gearbox is used. Sequential transmissions are not permitted. The cars compete on a spec tire from Avon and use a spec fuel provided by Sunoco.

There are two championships:

  • Zetec Championship – This category is for newer cars with the Ford Zetec engine. Competitors score points on road courses and ovals to secure the championship. The Zetec powerplant is a 2.0-liter fuel injected double-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder motor, producing approximately 160-horsepower at 6,800-rpm.
  • American Continental Championship – This category is for cars built from 1990 to 1999. This class was introduced to provide an economical means for drivers and teams to enter the series. These 1,190-lbs 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.

Titles are also on the line for Chassis Manufacturers, Engine Builders and Teams.

The opening weekend of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship was a doubleheader race held at Sebring International Raceway. Drivers would compete on the legendary seventeen-turn 3.7-mile road course.

Bryan Sellers, driving the No. 3 Yes Network / 3-D Services Van Diemen RF02, qualified on the pole for the opening round of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship. In Thursday’s contest, all the action was behind him, which allowed Sellers to go flag-to-flag for the victory. In finale, he started on the outside of the front row. He would fall to fourth place but eventually earned the final spot on the podium.
Gridded in the fifth starting place for race one was Jeff Jones. Jones raced the No. 2 Jones Chemical Van Diemen RF02. On the opening lap of the first race, Jones moved into fourth place and held the position to the checkered flag. In the qualifying session for race two, he recorded the fastest time. Like his fellow Cape Motorsports teammate, Bryan Sellers, he would never lose the top spot and grab the victory.
The winner of three rounds last year, Tonis Kasemets, returned to the series driving the No.9 MK Industries/FlexOvit Van Diemen RF02. In qualifying for the first race of 2002, he posted the third-fastest time. Kasemets moved into second on lap-2 but lost the position to Travis Irving. Seven circuits, he retook the place and finished second. The following day Kasemets started ninth and finished sixth.
Miami’s Anthony Massari piloted the No. 7 JDC MotorSports Van Diemen RF01. Massari was fourth fastest in the qualifying session for race one. On the opening lap of the first contest, he pulled off course at turn thirteen but charged back for a thirteenth place finish. Friday’s contest was an opportunity for Massari to redeem himself and he did. Massari moved into second on lap-8 and held the position to the finish.
Travis Irving started his 2002 campaign by qualifying second fastest for race one of the championship. Irving drove the No. 85 Van Diemen RF02 with backing from Great Central Transportation. Irving would battle with Tonis Kasemets during the opening lap and lose a position to finish third. He ended the weekend with a poor qualifying effort and started eleventh on the grid but advanced to a seventh-place finish.
The American Continental Championship category for older cars was poorly subscribed. There were only two entries. The No. 12 Butler Van Diemen of Doug Smith started twenty-fifth overall on Thursday and collected the class win. The following day the victory went to Michael Floyd in the No. 45 Memorial Motorcars Van Diemen, who qualified twenty-fifth overall and finished in the seventeenth position.

11F2ABryan Sellers3 Dimensional Services / Van Diemen RF0213-
23F2ATonis KasemetsMK Ind/Flexovit/ / Van Diemen RF0113-
32F2ATravis IrvingGreat Central Transport / Van Diemen RF0213-
45F2AJeff JonesJones Chemical / Van Diemen RF0213-
57F2ASean McIntoshKimnac Carstar/PPG / Van Diemen RF0213-
612F2AMark WilkinsTrizecHahn/Multimatic / Van Diemen RF0113-
714F2ARicardo ImeryCavenas de Venezuela / Van Diemen RF0213-
88F2ALuis SchiavoAsfaltadora Maracay / Van Diemen RF0113-
915F2AAndy BrumbaughVan Diemen International / Van Diemen RF0113-
106F2ABobby WilsonGreen-Keeper / Van Diemen RF0213-
119F2AScott JenkinsGreen-Keeper / Van Diemen13-
1220F2AJ.W. UrlinBudget Rent A Car / Mygale US-0213-
134F2AAnthony MassariJDC Motor Sports / Van Diemen RF0113-
1410F2AMatthew McDonoughTASC Technical Services / Van Diemen RF0213-
1522F2AScott RubenzerStorageBatSys/TrojanBatCo. / Van Diemen RF0213-
1613F2AEdouard AubéPATTISON / Van Diemen RF0213-
1718F2ADavid BurkettParagon Products / Van Diemen13-
1817F2AJosh SchreiberJohn Walko Racing / Van Diemen RF0213-
1923F2ASteve ThomsonJustice Brothers / Van Diemen13-
2016F2ALawson AschenbachKing Automotive / Van Diemen RF0213-
2121F2ADavid ClarkeCape Motorsports / Van Diemen RF0113-
2225ACCDoug SmithButler / Van Diemen12-
2324ACCMichael FloydMemorial 1 Motorcars / Van Diemen12-
2411F2ATom DyerCycleShack/Menards /Van Diemen RF0211Accident

11F2AJeff JonesJones Chemical / Van Diemen RF0211-
23F2AAnthony MassariJDC Motor Sports / Van Diemen RF0111-
32F2ABryan Sellers3 Dimensional Services / Van Diemen RF0211-
48F2ABobby WilsonGreen-Keeper / Van Diemen RF0211-
54F2AMark WilkinsTrizecHahn/Multimatic / Van Diemen RF0111-
69F2ATonis KasemetsMK Ind/Flexovit/ / Van Diemen RF0111-
711F2ATravis IrvingGreat Central Transport / Van Diemen RF0211-
812F2ASean McIntoshKimnac Carstar/PPG / Van Diemen RF0211-
913F2AMatthew McDonoughTASC Technical Services / Van Diemen RF0211-
105F2ALuis SchiavoAsfaltadora Maracay / Van Diemen RF0111-
1115F2AEdouard AubéPATTISON / Van Diemen RF0211-
1216F2AJ.W. UrlinBudget Rent A Car / Mygale US-0211-
1318F2AScott RubenzerStorageBatSys/TrojanBatCo. / Van Diemen RF0211-
1423F2ADavid ClarkeCape Motorsports / Van Diemen RF0111-
1522F2ADavid BurkettParagon Products / Van Diemen11-
1620F2AJosh SchreiberJohn Walko Racing / Van Diemen RF0211-
1725ACCMichael FloydMemorial 1 Motorcars / Van Diemen9Did Not Finish
1824ACCDoug SmithButler / Van Diemen9Did Not Finish
1921F2ASteve ThomsonJustice Brothers / Van Diemen8Did Not Finish
206F2ALawson AschenbachKing Automotive / Van Diemen RF026Did Not Finish
2110F2AScott JenkinsGreen-Keeper / Van Diemen6Did Not Finish
227F2ATom DyerCycleShack/Menards /Van Diemen RF026Did Not Finish
2314F2AAndy BrumbaughVan Diemen International / Van Diemen RF010Accident
2417F2ARicardo ImeryCavenas de Venezuela / Van Diemen RF020Accident

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