Strong early driving from Scott Speed Takes A1 Team USA from 17th
Place into top five, before another car knocks American team out of race
BRANDS HATCH, Great Britain - With its distinctive red-white-and-blue colors of its "We the People" car whizzing past a sold-out crowd at Brands Hatch, A1 Team USA had its sights set high going into the first ever A1 Grand Prix, The World Cup of Motorsports. Early on team driver Scott Speed delivered, taking Team USA from near the back of the pack in 17th place up into the top five in the early stages of today's race. The success was short lived, however, when Speed was unable to avoid a collision in front of him between two other race cars.
Speed, who was unable to identify the car that hit and severely damaged the car's nose cone, was understandably frustrated at the outcome of the race.
"I was very happy with our early progress today, we were able to move up from 17th place into fifth and I was making a move to pass two cars ahead of me. Something happened where they collided and I was unable to avoid their
collision," said Speed. "The damage to our nose cone was too extensive to continue. It's a real shame as I was very confident we could succeed today."
A1 Team USA owner, Rick Weidinger, was also frustrated at the end result, but was happy with the progress his team was able to make prior to Speed being forced to leave the race.
"Scott and the team did a terrific job moving from near the back earlier today and into the top five. But what happened today is what racing is all about," said Weidinger. "We've certainly learned more about our team and what we need to do to be successful, so I am happy with that. We're already concentrating on Germany and I am certain we will be more successful there."
The winner of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix was A1 Team Brazil who won by a margin of 0.11.330 seconds over second place Austrlia. Mexico, New Zealand and Malaysia rounded out the top five.
The next race on the A1 circuit is October 9th in Lausitz, Germany
A1 Grand Prix provides national teams and their drivers the opportunity to compete globally on a level playing field with open wheeled race cars that have identical specifications and engines. For the first time in racing history, A1 Grand Prix puts driver against driver and nation against nation. A1 Grand Prix will bring together up to 25 nations representing 80 per cent of the world's population. It is the skill of the drivers and their crews that will determine who wins the race.
The global series will take place across six continents-North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia-and will be televised around the world so fans in both established and emerging markets can experience the thrill of this historic international race series.
The next race on schedule for A1 Team USA is at EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany. For more information on A1 Grand Prix, including a schedule of the 2005-2006 racing season, visit www.a1gp.com.