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May 16, 2012
F2000 Championship: Coello Adds Two Top-Fives to Series Tally at Road Atlanta

Afterburner Autosport supported Niki Coello continues to lie second in the F2000 Championship Series points chase after two top-fives in Georgia (Photo: F2000 Championship Series - Valet)
Afterburner Autosport supported Niki Coello continues to lie second in the F2000 Championship Series points chase after two top-fives in Georgia
(Photo: F2000 Championship Series - Valet)

MINNEAPOLIS, MIN. (May 15, 2012) Ė Afterburner Autosport supported junior formula car standout Niki Coello continued his quest for a pro title over the weekend (May 11-12), with two strong F2000 Championship Series outings at Road Atlanta. The Wisconsin native finished fourth and fifth in the Georgia doubleheader, further showcasing his talents behind the wheel and the competitiveness of the RFR chassis.

Coello, having started the 2012 campaign off with two podiums in Virginia, was among the drivers everyone was keeping an eye on when the chase for F2000 Championship Series supremacy resumed with Rounds Three and Four at the fast Road Atlanta road course. Piloting the No. 81 RFR Cars/Williamís Race Engineering/Carbotech/Elite Engines/Speed Seat Factory/Pouredfoundations.com/Hoosier Tires/afterburner Autosport/Coello Racing entry, the four-time SCCA Formula Continental National Champion spent the opening three practice sessions working on fine-tuning the car setup. Not surprisingly, despite not focusing on an overall fast lap, Coello still ended the runs near the top of the speedcharts, posting the third quickest time.

The Afterburner Autosport-backed racer was therefore poised to challenge for the Round Three pole when the first of two qualifying sessions ended day one in Georgia. The session, however, proved to be a frustrating affair. A combination of traffic while on flying laps and just missing the ideal setup for the conditions, ultimately resulted in the sixth best lap around the undulating 2.54-mile course.

When the talented F2000 Championship Series field rolled back on-course on Friday morning for race one, Coello was confident he could charge forward from his row three starting position, and be among the drivers challenging for the win. In what was a race that featured a two-car break-away out front, the talented American displayed superb race craft to join the fight for the final podium position. Coello in the end took home a well-deserved fourth place result, as well as valuable points to add to his scorecard.

Making full use of the information gained from the previous qualifying run and the opening race, Coello's RFR chassis was part of the mix for the race two pole on Saturday morning. He was just a half second back on the scoring monitors when the checkered flag waved, giving him an inside row two starting position.

After a very short break to debrief and re-energize, it was time to go racing once again in Georgia. The second race of the doubleheader proved to be a exciting affair, with plenty of swapping of positions, and even some light contact behind the flag-to-flag winner. Coello, unfortunately, did not benefit from the close quarters dicing, dropping a couple places from his starting position. When the racing action halted after 18 laps, Coello had secured another strong top-five finish.

"I was glad to get two more top-fives," commented Coello. "We struggled a bit during the doubleheader, but learned a lot about the car. The setup should be very close for the next two races at Lime Rock Park. Thanks to Afterburner and all my supporters for helping make it all possible."

Coello and his Afterburner Autosport supported Coello Racing RFR entry continues the chase for F2000 Championship Series glory on May 25-26, with Rounds Five and Six at Lime Rock Park. The multiple SCCA Formula Continental National Champion enters the Memorial Day weekend doubleheader in Connecticut currently second in the championship standings. Afterburner Autosport will also be in action that weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, contesting Round Five of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda as part of the prestigious Night Before the 500 event.

Afterburner Autosport races with associate sponsorship from http://www.AuroraBearing.com

Additional information on Afterburner Autosport is available from the teamís website @ http://www.afterburnerautosport.com For direct contact, please email afterburnerautosport@gmail.com or call 630-251-1709.

For additional Information on Niki Coello, please email directly at nick@pouredfoundations.com

Keep up to date via Twitter @ ABautosport1 and Facebook page @ Afterburner-Autosport

Afterburner Autosport was formed in 2010 with the sole purpose of leading the way in the USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda competition. Under the guidance of two-time SCCA Formula Continental National Champion Brian Tomasi and fellow F2000 racer and engineer Tim Walsh, the team has over 20 years of experience in open-wheel competition. The Minnesota, Min.-based squad, having captured two podium finishes in its inaugural pro racing season last year, will make its USF2000 Championship debut in 2012, fielding multiple cars in the top Championship class.
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