LEXINGTON, Ohio – Robert La Rocca held off a very brief restart challenge and led all 18 laps from pole, taking his eighth win of 2012 in the F2000 Championship Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
La Rocca won round nine of the 2012, 14-race season, in the No. 10 HP-Tech Van Diemen, finishing ahead of John LaRue and Wyatt Gooden.
“It got a bit hairy there on the restart,” said La Rocca, who has also been driving F3 in Europe this summer. “I knew LaRue was going to be quick but I got through turns one, two and three okay and then just put my head down.”
La Rocca completes yet another points sweep, with bonus points for pole and fast lap during the race which saw a lengthy caution period when Kyle Connery spun on the first lap.
For LaRue, it was the best finish of the year in his Citation chassis, and the Masters class driver also notched the Masters win for the race.
“The balance on the car came in after a few laps, and this was really the first outing with a car we can work with,” said LaRue. “It has been tough to get it up to speed … Robert is awful fast here.”
Rookie Gooden completed the podium for Quantum Racing Services with a third place drive after starting fifth.
“That was old-fashioned racing with a lot of passing,” explained Gooden. “I was fortunate to get through the first lap, I saw Connery sidesways in front of the whole field and people were going every which way.”
Completing the top five were Kevin Kopp, for WISKO F2000, and Tim Paul, in the SMR/GTP Motorsports Van Diemen.
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