Cleveland: Carl Skerlong preview

Cleveland's Lakefront up Next for Skerlong Carl Skerlong's rookie season in the Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda continues this weekend with a trip east to the 2.106-mile Burke Lakefront Airport ...

Cleveland's Lakefront up Next for Skerlong

Carl Skerlong's rookie season in the Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda continues this weekend with a trip east to the 2.106-mile Burke Lakefront Airport temporary road course in Cleveland, Ohio, for Round 6, Friday 22nd -- Sunday 24th June.

The 18-year-old Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Champion heads into the halfway stage of the 12-race series sitting third overall and highest placed American driver in the 2007 'Rookie of the Year' battle while holding onto sixth place in the Driver Standings following another solid points haul in Portland's double-header meeting earlier this month.

Carl produced one of the drives of the season in Round 4 at the Portland International Raceway, recovering from an opening lap spin in treacherous conditions to fight his way through the field from 25th to eighth place at the checkered flag in his #24 King Taco/US RaceTronics Swift Mazda-Cosworth. With three top-ten finishes to his credit, including a second place podium finish in Round 3 in Houston, along with three top-ten starts, Skerlong's on-track pedigree, underscored by his Portland performance, has helped him get noticed further up the ladder, most notably by Champ Car World Series outfit, Pacific Coast Motorsport.

At a press conference held in Portland, Pacific Coast Motorsports announced the creation of the PCM Jr. Team, with US RaceTronics and its two drivers, Carl and his Mexican team-mate David Garza, included in the line-up designed to create a tangible link all the way from karting through to the Champ Car World Series. With PCM team director Tyler Tadevic proclaiming Carl and David to be 'stars of the future', their involvement in the PCM Jr. Team will include access to Champ Car engineering meetings as well as inclusion in the team's media and marketing opportunities.

Following a busy weekend in Oregon Carl joined 64 of his class-mates last Friday to graduate from the Chrysalis School in Woodinville, Washington but there was little time for the racer to celebrate with this weekend's Cleveland outing up next on the tight Champ Car Atlantic summer schedule.

"I'm excited to be heading to a high-speed race track," said Skerlong heading to Ohio. "We seem to do well with fast circuits. Cleveland's similar in some respects to street racing as it's a temporary layout and we were competitive in April when we raced in Las Vegas, Long Beach and Houston. I think overall we're pretty close to where we want to be. Portland didn't quite work out as expected but I'm still sixth in the points which I can't really complain about given I started the season with a DNF. We've been fastest or close in at least one session at every track this year which proves we have the speed to compete. We're still a relatively new team with two new drivers and engineers working together but that said I think we're doing really well and that's reflected in our link-up with PCM!"

Round 6 starts in Cleveland at 10:30am EST on Sunday 24th June. The 45-minute race will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Wednesday 4th July starting at 6pm EST.

-credit: cskerlong

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Series Atlantic
Drivers David Garza , Carl Skerlong