Di Leo competes in first oval race TORONTO, CANADA (June 1, 2003) -- Second year Barber Dodge Pro Series (BDPS) driver Daniel Di Leo competed in his first ever oval event this past weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Though the result was not the...
Di Leo competes in first oval race
TORONTO, CANADA (June 1, 2003) -- Second year Barber Dodge Pro Series (BDPS) driver Daniel Di Leo competed in his first ever oval event this past weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Though the result was not the best of this young phenomenon's racing career, the experience was like that of none other.
"I started off the weekend as sixth quickest in the first practice and improved in the next session to second and was right with the pace setter" explained the 21-year-old Di Leo in a phone interview from the track. "I was gathering large amounts of information and learning more and more with each and every on track session. I was really looking forward to the timed qualifying laps and the race."
Qualifying didn't go as Daniel had expected as the young Canadian was only able to secure the ninth place starting position out of a 20 car field. "The car had a slight understeer in the middle section of the first two corners. I was forced to get off of the gas which cost me some time and ultimately the pole position" explained the Markham, Ontario resident. "I will now have to be very cautious throughout the event and salvage what I can from the weekend by gaining as many championship points as possible."
After falling back to eleventh on the start of the 60 lap timed race and a quick yellow flag on lap 3, Daniel did exactly what he needed to do to stay in the championship hunt. Di Leo showed poise and persistence as he steadily improved throughout the race to chase and close the gap on the lead group of cars. While in the draft, Di Leo's car began to understeer up the track in the middle of the first two corners. Even though Daniel was still dealing with handling issues, he showed his aggressiveness and control and that is why he is destined to be a future star in what ever series he decides to race. By playing it safe Di Leo was able to bring home a seventh place in the final tally and gather some valuable championship points. "It was a tough battle this weekend. I know I have lost some points in the championship and I will have to come back and run strong in Laguna Seca."
Daniel and the Di Leo Autosports Racing Team head into race 4 of the 10 race BDPS season with plenty of excitement. Daniel stated earlier that the first three races would be the toughest of the year as they were all on tracks that he had never competed on. "I am very confident heading into Laguna and for the following events in Portland, Cleveland and my hometown track Toronto. These are tracks that I have raced on and hope to use that as an advantage over my competitors to secure strong results."
Daniel and the Di Leo Autosports Racing Team will now be preparing for the June 15th event that will be held at Laguna Seca, California. "I will be training hard to ensure that I am in the best shape possible and will enter Laguna looking for a win."