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F2000 Championship Unsung Hero: Chris Livengood

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted November 11, 2010 at 7:50 am F2000 Championship, Unsung Hero

Chris Livengood
(Photo: Janice Eakin/F2000 Championship)

Name: Chris Livengood
Hometown: Indiana, Pa.
Date of Birth: Nov. 18, 1985

Website: http://www.chrislivengood.net

Current Series:
F2000 Championship Series

Final Standings: 8th

Average Finish
(1st Half of Season): 12
Average Finish
(2nd Half of Season): 12.86

Previous Experience:
Started Karting: Age 8
Karting Experience: 17 years
Car Experience: 1-year F2000 Championship

Why he was chosen:

Some drivers have a difficult time making the transition from karts to cars. When Chris Livengood jumped into an F2000 car this spring, he knew he would have to learn the nuances of a Van Diemen — not to mention the requirement of learning new tracks — and change his driving style slightly from the one he had grown so accustomed to in the karting ranks. What he didn’t know, however, is how quickly and easily the transition would come.

Livengood secured a top-10 finish in his very first F2000 Championship outing under Pinto power at Virginia International Raceway. Later in the season, he switched to a Zetec powerplant.  By the mid-way point of 2010, he locked down a runner-up finish at Watkins Glen. And then, to cap the season off, the 24-year-old won his first race during the final stop on the 2010 calendar. He suffered three DNFs during the second half of the year which significantly scarred his average finish. Without the bad luck, the numbers would be much different. Of the races he finished during the latter part of his freshman campaign, all were within the top-10, with three inside the top-five. Livengood ended his 2010 season by touring Mid-Ohio quicker than 23 other drivers. Watch for even more speed from the Pennsylvania native in 2011.

Related Reading: 2010 Unsung Hero Awards

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