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Goikhberg Impresses at Laguna Seca

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm U.S. F2000 National Championship

Mikhail Goikhberg (Photo: Eric McCombs)
JDC Motorsport’s Mikhail Goikhberg
(photo: Eric McCombs)

The USF2000 National Championship completed two events today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Both races were run for exhibition only, championship points were not awarded. The race day offered drivers a chance to get some additional seat time prior to next weekend’s oval race in Indianapolis.

Scott Rarick, who normally competes in the Pacific F2000 series with PR1 Motorsport, won the first USF2000 race of the day.  Sage Karam led for the first part of the race, with Mikhail Goikhberg and Zach Veach in tow.  Contact occurred between Goikhberg and Karam, dropping Goikhberg to ninth and Karam out of the race.  Karam’s teammate Zach Veach had mechanical issues on the same lap and retired from the event.  Martin Sala took over the top spot briefly before being shuffled back following a race restart. Rarick took over the top spot and stayed there until the checkered flag came out.  Goikhberg charged from ninth to second in the final laps and nearly stole the victory, trailing Rarick by a mere 0.026 seconds at the flag.

In the second race of the day, Goikhberg drove to a 0.293 second win over Sage Karam and Zach Veach. Martin Sala and David Cheng finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Karam, who currently leads the overall points championship, set the fastest time in both practice sessions and qualified on pole for Race 1, setting a new track record in the process 1:23.959.  Karam was the only driver to break the 1:24 mark all weekend. Veach, Goikhberg, and Karam were the only three drivers able to crack the 1:25 mark.

The USF2000 National Championship will resume action next weekend, May 29, at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis for the ‘Night Before the 500’ festivities.

USF2000 National Championship
Non-Points Event: Laguna Seca
Complete Results

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4 Comments

  1. Stefan on May 24, 2010 2:44 am

    Good run Mikhail!!!

  2. JimmyT on May 27, 2010 9:52 am

    Did Goikhberg do anything in the east coast series at Atlanta? I think he finsihed just barely in the top 15. Hmmm

  3. Ryan on May 27, 2010 11:39 am

    Hi Jimmy,

    I’m not sure what you are getting at here. The stats don’t really tell the whole story. Goikhberg qualified 8th overall out of 29 cars in the F2000 Championship Q1 at Road Atlanta trailing Carbone by a mere 0.357 seconds. His time was good enough for sixth in class. He didn’t finish Race 1 and had a problem late in Race 2 – which aren’t a good reflection of his abilities.

    He qualified fifth and finished sixth in his first-ever F2000 Championship race last year at Mosport. In addition, he did extremely well in the ultra-competitive Ontario Formula Ford Championship.

  4. LaConga on May 27, 2010 7:01 pm

    I think it’s clear what Jimmy is trying to stir up…let it be known that our current USF2000 points leader was cruising to an 8 sec lead over Goikhberg before a yellow and a leaking right front ate up his chances of a win.
    The USF2000 is fine and will be getting even better.

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