Long Beach: Brooks Associates Racing race notes

POINTS ON THE BOARD FOR BROOKS ASSOCIATES' DRIVERS SIEDLER & SCHIAVO Long Beach, California - Although the results don't speak to the efforts of Brooks Associates drivers, Norbert Siedler and Luis Schiavo, the team finished the weekend with at...

POINTS ON THE BOARD FOR BROOKS ASSOCIATES' DRIVERS SIEDLER & SCHIAVO

Long Beach, California - Although the results don't speak to the efforts of Brooks Associates drivers, Norbert Siedler and Luis Schiavo, the team finished the weekend with at least a few points towards the Championship.

The weekend began with Norbert Siedler easily in the top three, putting down the second fastest lap of the Friday morning practice, only to have his qualifying hopes dashed by a brush with the Turn 1 wall. Missing the session added some challenges to the weekend, but he qualified in the top ten for the first race of the Atlantic season.

After making a strong start in the race, Norbert found himself collected between two drivers in Turn 1. Able to get restarted, but now a lap down, he drove with a damaged front wing and bent uprights to within less than half a second of his fastest lap times for the balance of the race. "How he was able to pilot that car, with that damage, to the extent he did, speaks volumes for his ability. The results this weekend are deceiving - it was an impressive drive." Said John Brooks, team owner.

Luis Schiavo was consistent through the practice and qualifying sessions, starting the race in 19th position. "Luis is really good at improving his pace on a continual basis as he learns the tracks. He actually qualified just outside the top ten, but that time was disallowed following his own brush with the wall in Turn 9, redflagging the session, which resulted in his fastest time being taken away. " Said John.

Moving up quickly at the start of the race, Luis artfully avoided being collected in the same accident as Norbert with a quick spin and was able to continue on, ultimately finishing in 15th position.

"While not quite what we anticipated in terms of results this weekend, a few points is still valuable as we start the year. It's an improvement over the dnf's at Long Beach last year (both drivers were taken out in racing incidents in 2005) and we're ready to hit the streets of Houston. Both our drivers are contenders in what is clearly going to be an exciting Atlantic season." Said John.

-www.brooksassociatesracing.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Luis Schiavo , Norbert Siedler