Strong Showing by ZSports/Team E Racing in 2012 USF2000 Championship Opener
 March 18, 2012| 
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Impressive learning debut by Florida rookie Enerson at Sebring International Raceway 

FORT MYERS, FLA. – ZSports/Team E Racing has quickly established itself as one of the teams to watch in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, thanks to an impressive debut outing by rookie RC Enerson this past week (March 15-16) at Sebring International Raceway. The Florida teenager was the National class driver to beat for the majority of season-opening doubleheader, before a pair of incident shortened races resulted in a four place finish in Round Two.


Given Enerson had only conducted limited testing in his No. 10 Patriot Bank/ZSports/Team E Racing entry - albeit showing good speed - prior to the USF2000 Championship season-opener at Sebring, the goal entering the doubleheader was to gain valuable experience. The 15 year-old, however, had other ideas upon rolling on-course in his finely tuned National class entry. Making the most of the resources under the ZSports/Team E Racing awning, Enerson was not only quickly up to speed, but setting the pace among the National class contingent (Zetec-powered F2000 and Formula Enterprises cars).


The former Skip Barber Racing regional race winner started things off by posting the fastest time in event testing, and continued his run of form when the action officially got underway, turning the quickest National class time in both practice sessions.


The lone qualifying run around the fast and bumpy 3.7-mile Sebring road course featured Enerson continuing to impress onlookers. The talented teenager overcame two red flag stoppages and traffic via the 30+ car field to secure the National class pole position in his series debut, edging multiple Championship class cars in the process.


Returning to the cockpit only few hours after qualifying, the stage was set for Enerson to battle for the National class victory in his USF2000 debut. While Enerson managed to miss the first turn melee, involving a couple of the overall leaders, things did not go according to plan. A subsequent off-course excursion, while not significant, was enough to lose several positions and force a trip to pitlane to have the car examined. With a limited number of green flag laps in the shortened nine lap affair due to two caution periods, Enerson never had opportunity to work his way back forward. The end result was an unrepresentative 11th place finish in class.


With each driver's fast lap from race one setting the grid for Round Two, Enerson started the action seventh in class. The ZSports/Team E Racing up-and-comer promptly made the most of the opening six-lap green flag run to work his way up to fourth in the National class, setting a new class record of 2:08.102 in the process. Unfortunately, two nearly back-to-back caution periods, and the race once again ending behind the safety car ultimately prevented any further progress up the charts, with Enerson finishing fourth in class.


"It was a great learning experience racing with many of the older racers," stated Enerson. "I can't wait for St Pete. I am here to develop my skills, and this is certainly the right place."


"What the books won't show is that he turned a 2:05.9 in Sunday warm-up - on his oldest tires," added ZSports Ron Boltik. "That's well into Championship class lap times. Our goal for the weekend was low to mid 2:07's. He never put a wheel wrong. He did what his coach Jonatan Jorge asked. He was blindingly fast, and went faster every session. He'll win races. What more can you ask from a 15 year-old kid? ZSports is really looking forward to the rest of the 2012 USF2000 season with RC and Team E Racing."


ZSports/Team E Racing and Enerson will have the opportunity to once again showcase their talents almost immediately, as the chase for Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda supremacy resumes this coming weekend (March 24-25), with Rounds Three and Four being contested on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opener. Racing in front of friends and family, the local racer enters the doubleheader currently fourth in the National class points chase. Live timing and scoring will be available at www.f2000.com/Multimedia/Live.aspx.


To learn more about ZSports, please visit ZSportsMidWest.com For direct contact, please contact Steve Thomson @ 612-964-9572.


Keep up to date with RC Enerson via Twitter @ RCEnerson and his Facebook page at RC-Enerson-Racing or at www.rcenerson.com


 

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