Barrett Claims Fourth Consecutive Win in Pacific F2000 Championship Presented By Hankook Tire
First Place and Second Place Finishes Extend Series Lead for Young Driver
WAYNE, NJ (July 26, 2007) - Held in conjunction with the NASCAR West Grand National event weekend, the 2007 Pacific F2000 Championship featured 17-year-old Patrick Barrett claiming his fourth consecutive win of the season. The round seven win and second place finish in round eight added to his already impressive lead in the twelve-race series. Both rounds took place on July 6 and 7 at the new Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah.
In round seven, the Los Osos, Calif. native led every lap to finish 3.722 seconds ahead of Team GFRO driver Chuck Hulse and PR1 teammate Thomas Merrill. Barrett claimed maximum points with the win in his #3 Jim Russell Racing School/Alpinestars PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen. After beginning the second lap with a six-second lead, Barrett and the other drivers were restarted due to a full course yellow flag. Once again Barrett built a substantial lead only to see it go away for another double yellow flag incident and a second restart.
“The restarts really kept me on my toes, and Hulse put up a good fight on the first restart. My team was also having radio communication problems in round seven,” said Barrett. “Despite these obstacles, I’m very happy with how everything turned out.”
Round eight was a seesaw battle for the pole between Barrett and PR1 teammate Merrill. The two went at it hard early in the session, trading the top spot three times. Merrill and Barrett maintained the top two positions throughout the race and finished with Merrill claiming his first Pacific F2000 win. Barrett finished 4.5 seconds behind first and Team GFRO driver Phillip Metzger rounded out the podium in third.
“Tom just had the better car today,” Barrett explained. “I pushed 100 percent for the first half of the race, but when he kept pulling a way I focused on maintaining my gap over Phil.”
Barrett saw his points lead almost double to 75 over second place, now occupied by his PR1 teammate Merrill, (who leap frogged from fourth to second in the championship standings). Friday’s win was Barrett’s 25th formula car victory and came almost two years to the week of his first win at Circuit Mont Tremblant in Quebec.
The next stop for the Pacific F2000 Championship Series, presented by Hankook Tires, will be at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on September 22 and 23. For the latest information, visit www.PacificF2000.com for more news on this exciting series.
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