WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – He may have traded the lead back and forth on the opening laps, but once Tim Minor got in front he managed the race pace to take his second victory in three F2000 Championship Series races this year Saturday morning at Watkins Glen Int’l.
Minor took the victory from the pole, winning over Ski Motorsports teammate Skylar Robinson – who led the first lap – while Thomas McGregor followed for Exclusive Autosport in his second straight podium performance.
For Minor, it marks his second F2000 Championship victory at the Glen following a victory in June of 2013.
“Skylar and Thomas were close on the start, they went real deep into the first turn, which is not the fastest route, so I let them through and regained my position later,” said Minor, the defending series champion.
Minor ran a fast race lap of 1:52.195, just a few hundredths off the series track record. The fast race lap nets him an important two bonus points in his championship chase. Robinson scored his third straight podium with a second place effort, on top of a second place run and win at Road Atlanta in April.
“I have never been here and didn’t get much practice yesterday,” said Robinson. “On the opening lap I took the outside, and got past Minor, we ended up going side-by-side up the esses and swapping spots a few times. Then he got by and started to pull away, I need to work on my race craft for the next race.”
McGregor made it a second straight third-place in his No. 93 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum while an issue with Kevin Kopp’s Van Diemen, which was fastest on Friday, promoted Polestar teammates Sam Beasley and David Grant to positions fourth and fifth.