LaRue Battles Past Minor In F2000

Tim Minor (88) battles Justin LaRue during Sunday's F2000 Championship Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. (Ryan Wise Photo)
Tim Minor (88) battles Justin LaRue during Sunday’s F2000 Championship Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. (Ryan Wise Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ohio – John LaRue took his first F2000 Championship Series victory in the No. 17 Citation, finding a way past Tim Minor in the closing stages of round 12 at Mid-Ohio.

Minor would finish second and officially clinch the 2013 F2000 Championship Series title with two races remaining on the schedule. The Ski Motorsports driver marks his first F2000 Championship with a dominating season full of wins and podiums. David Grant completed the podium for Polestar.

“It’s been a great season, I can’t thank my crew enough and the people that helped and supported us. Quicksilver and Hoosier, and many more. It’s been incredible, we’ve had a good run and been consistent. We drove the car we had and I congratulate John, he drove a great race. It’s fun to race with people like this, it’s a great group of individuals,” said Minor, who also took the first ever Championship in F2000 for a non-Van Diemen with the No. 88 Citation chassis.

Minor becomes the first ever Masters Class driver to win the overall F2000 title, and marks an impressive accomplishment, dominating the season over a mix of the latest generation of aspiring racers from major teams.

Minor’s title helps underline the Series as not only a proving ground for youngsters but in addition, as a destination for established drivers looking for some of the best formula car competition in the country.

LaRue won the race in the first ever F2000 one-two finish for the Citation chassis, and the veteran driver sat on pole for Saturday’s race. LaRue said in victory circle that he plans on coming to more races in 2014.

Grant notched yet another podium while doing double-duty and also racing in the F1600 Series.

Joey Selmants finished fourth, only competing on Sunday at Mid-Ohio, and setting the fastest lap of the race, while rookie Santino Ferrucci was fifth for HP-Tech, battling through clutch issues in morning qualifying.

Kyle Connery had to settled for a disappointing sixth after a win on Saturday kept him alive in the Championship. Connery continues to be in second in points but Grant remains in striking distance.

The race ran all 18-laps, despite an incident for John McCusker. Federico Mosconi also failed to finish after an opening lap incident with another car.

Jim Libecco charged through the field from 20th to finish seventh, while Kevin Kopp rebounded from a Saturday crash to come home eighth. Steve Bamford and Tim Paul completed the top ten.

Roberto Lorena crossed the line in 13th after falling to dead last after the first few laps.

The King of the Buckeyes Championship, awarded to the driver scoring the most points in the four Mid-Ohio races this season, also went to Minor. The prizes include a trophy, commemorative poster, gift cards, test day voucher, and various other items from series partners.