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December 29, 2008 News
EFCN Top-10: F2000 Championship Series
 

Anders Krohn clinched the 2008 series title in perfect fashion at Mosport in Canada (Photo: Scott Stiff - never2fast.com)
Anders Krohn clinched the 2008 series title in perfect fashion at Mosport in Canada
(Photo: Scott Stiff - never2fast.com)

1. Anders Krohn
Andersen Racing
Series Champion, Rookie of the Year
9 wins, 10 podiums, 7 pole positions

For Anders Krohn, the 2008 campaign was a dream season. Krohn made his North American racing debut with Andersen Racing, arriving with a resume that included numerous Formula Ford wins in Europe. The Norwegian quickly went from being an unknown at the start of the season to becoming a dominant force in the F2000 Championship Series. Showcasing tremendous speed from the opening race in Road Atlanta all the way until the season-finale in New Jersey, Krohn captured the series title via a series record nine wins and 10 podium finishes. Despite the talented young driver being short on funds, the only real question remains whether or not he will return to North America in 2009 and, if so, in what series he will race.













 

Kyle Marcelli finished third in his rookie season of F2000 Championship Series competition (Photo: Mike Eakin - Purple Frog)
Kyle Marcelli finished third in his rookie season of F2000 Championship Series competition
(Photo: Mike Eakin - Purple Frog)

2. Kyle Marcelli
Brian Graham Racing
3rd in Championship
1 win, 8 podiums, 9 top-five
2nd in 2007 EFCN Formula Ford Top-10

While most drivers would look back on a third place finish in their rookie season as a very good result, Kyle Marcelli will likely be staring at the missed opportunities. Partnering with Brian Graham Racing for his freshman campaign, the team that led him to an Ontario Formula Ford title in 2007, the Canadian showed good speed early on but was not able to get the results desired, in part due to errors by other drivers. When the second half of the season, Marcelli was one of the drivers to watch, earning one win (Road America) and a string of podium finishes. If not for his early season problems, the teenager could have given the title winner more of a challenge in the overall standings. While many would like to see Marcelli return for a second season of F2000 action and challenge for the title in 2009, it is widely speculated he will move up the motorsports ladder in the coming season.













 

Jonny Baker first-ever season behind the wheel of an F2000 car resulted in one win and runner-up finish in the championship fight (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)
Jonny Baker first-ever season behind the wheel of an F2000 car resulted in one win and runner-up finish in the championship fight
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)

3. Jonny Baker
Andersen Racing
2nd in Championship
1 win, 6 podiums, 2 pole positions

While Jonny Baker did not enjoy the breakout season that he had hoped, the British driver did have a strong season. Making the switch to the F2000 Championship with Andersen Racing in his second season of racing in North America, Baker was part of the title fight from start to finish. Partnering the eventual series champion, he showed the speed and skill to run at the front, winning once (Mid-Ohio) and joining in the podium celebrations on six occasions. However, a lack of consistency in the first half of the season prevented Baker from truly challenging his teammate in the title fight. The talented driver is scheduled to return to North America in 2009, with the plan of running in the Star Mazda Championship.













 

Chris Miller only finished outside the top-10 once in his first full-season of car racing (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com – Al Craighead)
Chris Miller only finished outside the top-10 once in his first full-season of car racing
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com – Al Craighead)

4. Chris Miller
JDC MotorSports
4th in Championship
4 podiums, 7 top-five, 1 fast lap

Chris Miller enjoyed an impressive first season of car racing in 2008. Not only did the driver from Minnesota regularly challenge for a place on the podium, but he was also “Mr. Consistency”. Driving for series newcomers JDC Motorsports, Miller scored four podium finishes and placed among the top-10 in all but the final race of the year, remaining part of the title chase all season long. Miller recently announced that he will be back for a second season of competition with JDC, certainly making him one of the favorites for the series title, with many predicting multiple trips to victory lane.













 

Remy Audette finished on the podium in his inaugural season of F2000 Championship Series action (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)
Remy Audette finished on the podium in his inaugural season of F2000 Championship Series action
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)

5. Remy Audette
Audette Racing
9th in Championship
4 podiums, 5 top-five, 6 top-10
6th in 2007 EFCN Formula Ford Top-10

As yet another of the Formula Ford graduates that have made the move up to the F2000 Championship, Remy Audette was among the front-runners whenever he attended a race in ‘08. As part of a single-car family-run outfit, the talented driver from Quebec stood on the podium in half of the eight races that he contested. Unfortunately, the fact that he could not make all the series races for logistic reasons meant he did not finish near the top of the championship fight this past season. While yet to be confirmed, it is widely speculated that Audette will be returning for a full season in 2009, which if is the case, immediately makes him not only a candidate to win some races, but potentially take home the title.













 

Doug Prendeville scored his first pro F2000 win in 2008 (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com)
Doug Prendeville scored his first pro F2000 win in 2008
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com)

6. Doug Prendeville
Andersen Racing
6th in Championship
1 win, 1 podium, 5 top-five
8th in 2007 EFCN F2000 Championship Series Top-10

For years, Doug Prendeville has been one of the most entertaining drivers in the junior formula car ranks. Piloting an Andersen Racing entry this past season in the F2000 Championship Series, he once again proved fun to watch, always giving it everything he had. The highlight this past season for Prendeville was his first pro F2000 win at Watkins Glen. Given his all-out approach, it came as no surprise that despite showing the speed to win and run at the front, he failed to make a real impression on the title fight. Many expect that Prendeville will be back for more F2000 action next season, driving for a yet-to-be-named team. If this prediction comes to fruition, it would not be a surprise to see him running near the front and potentially visiting victory lane once again.













 

Tim Minor finished on the podium once en route to the Masters title in 2008 (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com)
Tim Minor finished on the podium once en route to the Masters title in 2008
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com)

7. Tim Minor
Ski Motorsports
5th in Championship, Masters Champion
1 podium, 2 top-five, 9 top-10

Longtime pro and amateur F2000 driver Tim Minor enjoyed perhaps his best season to date in 2009. In a deep field that featured several young up-and-coming drivers in the open-wheel ranks, the Ski Motorsports-supported pilot not only competed with, but bettered, race pilots half his age. In addition to scoring six class wins, Minor was the overall runner-up at Watkins Glen and among the top-five overall twice. He is scheduled to return the F2000 Championship Series in 2009, with the goal of not only repeating as the Masters champion, but also cracking the top-three more than once.













 

Matthew Inge rookie season in F2000 featured one podium finish (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com)
Matthew Inge rookie season in F2000 featured one podium finish
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com)

8. Matthew Inge
St. Clair Motorsports
7th in Championship
1 podium, 4 top-five, 7 top-10
1st in 2007 EFCN Formula SCCA Top-10

For Matthew Inge, this past year’s F2000 Championship season turned into a solid, yet unspectacular campaign. The initial plan had been for the St. Clair Motorsports driver to do just a few races to get a feel for the series. However, a pair of top-10 in the season-opener, followed by a string of top-five results including a podium finish at Road Atlanta, resulted in nearly a full season campaign. Coming off a successful Formula E program in ’07, Inge showcased good speed and skill behind the wheel in his two-liter. Should he find the funds to return for a full campaign in 2009, it would not be a surprise to see Inge in victory lane at least once and among the drivers challenging for the series title at the end of the season.













 

Noah Bystrom captured one top-three in his return to the F2000 Championship Series (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)
Noah Bystrom captured one top-three in his return to the F2000 Championship Series
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)

9. Noah Bystrom
ZSports Midwest
11th in Championship
1 podium, 4 top-five, 6 top-10
8th in 2007 EFCN F2000 Championship Series Top-10

While Noah Bystrom enjoyed a successful season by most drivers’ standards, he will likely look back on the year with some disappointment. Partnering with series newcomers ZSports Midwest, many expected the former series race winner to once again visit victory lane and potentially challenge for the series title. That, unfortunately, did not happen despite the Minnesota driver showing good speed at times, as indicated by one podium and four top-five finishes. It remains to be seen whether Bystrom will return for more F2000 action in 2009, or if he can secure the funds to move up the racing ladder.













 

Jordan Taylor provided ZSports Midwest with a victory in its first season of competition (Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)
Jordan Taylor provided ZSports Midwest with a victory in its first season of competition
(Photo: eFormulaCarNews.com - Al Craighead)

10. Jordan Taylor
ZSports Midwest
18th in Championship
1 win, 1 podium, 2 pole positions

Jordan Taylor may have only run a few F2000 Championship Series events in 2008, but he certainly displayed his talent behind the wheel. With the goal of gaining valuable seat time ahead of races in another series, the second-generation driver piloted a ZSports Midwest entry at both VIR and Road Atlanta at the beginning of the season. Despite having never driven an F2000 car prior to the two events, Taylor showed excellent speed and car control, cracking the top-10 in the opening two events, before capturing two pole positions and a win in Georgia. Unfortunately, it appears that fans will not get to see him driving an open-wheel car again any time soon, as he is scheduled to join his father and brother in the sports car ranks.






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