Barrett Tests with Team G.FRO in Preparation for the Infineon Pacific Formula Ford 2000 Round

Patrick Barrett participated in a two day test with the G.FRO Formula Ford 2000 Zetec team at Buttonwillow Raceway, California on August 7 and 8. He had a very successful first drive in the 2 liter Ford Zetec powered Van Diemen RF05. Team owner Geoff Fickling and driver coach/engineer Ian Lacy gave Patrick high marks for his first time in the car. He showed enough speed on the second day to surpass the previous fast lap mark set by G.RFO drivers in the Pacific FF2000 car on the East Loop configuration.

“Pat did an excellent job in his first test,” commented Fickling. “Our goal was to pack in as much experience as we could in the two days and Pat excelled at every challenge we threw at him. He adapted to the car’s characteristics very quickly and his consistency was equally impressive. To say the least--we’re very optimistic.”

“I was very pleased with the test,” Barrett said. “Everything ran smoothly and we were able to accomplish a lot. We ran multiple scenarios on the 1.3 and 2.7 mile tracks, including simulated qualifying and race distances. I’m definitely looking forward to working with the team at Infineon next week”.

The 16 year old from Los Osos, California will have his next outing with the team at Infineon Raceway near Sonoma, California on August 15 and 16 as he prepares for the Pacific Formula Ford 2000 race weekend there September 8-10. Patrick is the current points leader in the Formula Mazda based SCCA Pro Formula Russell Championship which holds their next race weekend on August 18-20 at Infineon.

G.FRO is based in San Clemente, California and has drivers in both the Pacific F2000 and the Cooper Tires FF2000 National series. Barrett joins an already talented duo of regular G.FRO drivers John Lombardo and 17 year-old Philip Metzger at both the Infineon test next week and the Pacific F2000 double-race event in September.



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