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Season Preview: F2000 Championship Series

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm F2000 Championship, Preview

The F2000 Championship Series released a tentative 33-car entry list for 2010.  The season will kick off next weekend- April 9, 2010- at Virginia International Raceway.  Series’ officials have put together a nice 14-race schedule for competitors that will span over 7-weekends.  Drivers will have the opportunity to race at VIR, Road Atlanta, Mosport International Raceway, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock Park, Road America and Mid-Ohio during their 2010 campaign.

Make the jump to read the full season preview and see my 2010 championship picks.

Returning Drivers

The top returning driver this season is Canada’s Remy Audette.  The problem is, he is only planning to run a partial season.  In 20 F2000 Championship races, over two years, Audette has compiled 1 win, 10 podiums, 16 top-five finishes and 3 pole positions.  If he is able to put together a full season, he will be a clear favorite for the overall title.

Alegra Motorsports’ Victor Carbone and Fabio Orsolon, of Brazil, will both return to the cockpit full-time in 2010.  Both drivers were impressive last season and showed tremendous development during their rookie campaigns.  With that extra year of experience under their belts, they could easily be championship contenders this season.

American Jonathan Scarallo will return for 2010 with R-Sport despite flirtations with running a tin-top this season.  I think we will see some big gains from him this season.

Cole Morgan, who won the 2007 F2000 Championship, will return for a minimum of two events this season.  Similar to Audette, if he is able to piece together the necessary funding for a real campaign, he will be a real threat to the competition.

Jesse Yorio will be back again in 2010 after running a partial season in 2009.  His best finish last season was 5th which occurred at VIR.  In 2008, he had 5 top-ten finishes in 12-starts.

Blake Teeter will be back for the full season again in 2010.  He struggled quite a bit last year, but I think he has the potential to make some real improvement this season.

Bobby Caldwell plans to return full-time in 2010 with Liberty Motorsports.  Last season wasn’t exactly an earmark of success for him but he did show a lot of improvement during his 2008 campaign which leads you to believe that the potential for a break-out year is there.

Al Guibord Jr. is another driver who has posted a wide array of results but he put together a really solid outing last season at Watkins Glen International.  If he is able to string together a run of consistent finishes, he could be a driver to watch in 2010.

Rookie Drivers

With a really strong background in the karting ranks, Chris Livengood should be a top rookie.  He will be driving for Works Racing.  If they are able to figure everything out in a timely manner, he could easily be in the championship hunt at the end of the year.

Tim Paul will be driving for SMR Racing in 2010.  He has a strong background in midget and sprint car racing.  This year will be about development and adapting to a new trade, but he certainly has potential and it will be fun to watch his progress this season.  It’s likely that SMR will add another sprint car driver to their line-up at some point this season.

Billy McLaughlin brings a lot of karting experience with him as he attempts to make the jump to F2000 competition.   I expect his results will improve throughout the year.

After making four starts last season, Vaughn Horvath plans to run a full season in the 2010 F2000 Championship Series.  His best finish last season was his fourth and final race. Hopefully that same trend of improvement will surface in 2010.

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The Masters Division doesn’t quite fit the theme here at Junior Open Wheel Talent, but there are plenty of fast drivers to watch in that class as well.  The Masters class will make up 57% of the field for VIR (according to the current entry list).

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Championship Picks

It’s early and a lot can change but I know people enjoy this sort of thing, so I figured I’d post my just-for-fun picks.

My top-three for the 2010 Championship are:

  1. Fabio Orsolon
  2. Victor Carbone
  3. Jonathan Scarallo

** If Remy Audette or Cole Morgan are able to put together a full season both should be considered early favorites for the overall championship**

Standard Disclaimer:  If you didn’t make this preview it doesn’t mean I don’t think you’ll be successful this season.

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