AMER: Gabby Chaves Road America event summary

Gabby Chaves Wins Formula BMW Americas Championship (Elkhart Lake, WI) 17 August 2009--Road America is a track where drivers have long gone to make their names, and this weekend was no different. Young Colombian-American racer Gabby Chaves won...

Gabby Chaves Wins Formula BMW Americas Championship

(Elkhart Lake, WI) 17 August 2009--Road America is a track where drivers have long gone to make their names, and this weekend was no different.

Young Colombian-American racer Gabby Chaves won the 2009 Formula BMW Americas Championship with two race wins on Sunday at Road America to seal the title with two rounds of racing yet to run. The victories and title-clinching performance confirmed young Chaves as a star of the future for the karting graduate, who raced his way to the podium in every round of the 12-race Formula BMW Americas season to date.

"It has been our consistency and our ability to be there at the end that has won this championship," Chaves said. "You have to have some luck to win a championship, but we have put ourselves in position to score big points in every race and that is what a champion does. I am very happy to have been a part of the Formula BMW Americas series this year and am excited to have won the title."

The title is the newest line on an already burgeoning racing resume for the Cafe do Colombia-sponsored racer, who was a tennis prodigy by the age of 10 before a chance trip in a kart changed his career trajectory forever. A successful career in karting led to the chance to race his way to a Skip Barber scholarship in Formula car competition, where he at one point enjoyed a 17-race undefeated streak of competition.

His performance in the Skip Barber National Championship then paved the way for his move up to Formula BMW Americas, which is the North American-centric chapter of the global competition formula that has spawned the careers of several current Formula One stars.

"For me to race in Formula BMW was an amazing opportunity and I want to thank Cafe de Colombia for being such fantastic supporters for me and my career," said Chaves. "I am very happy that we were able to make the most of this opportunity and I hope that it continues to lead to more good things happening in my career.

Chaves, who set a record as the youngest-ever race winner in Formula BMW competition world wide with his first victory at the age of 15, set another new mark this weekend as no Formula BMW Champion has taken the season-ending honors at only 16 years old.

His record of performance is awe-inspiring, amassing five wins, six runner-up results, and one third place finish. His season has been marked by not just consistency, but also speed, as underlined by the eight different track records he has set.

The performance has gained a lot of attention for the youngster, who has also been invited to participate in the Singapore round of Formula One competition by racing in the Formula BMW event in support of the Grand Prix on September 26.

-credit: sgm

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Skip Barber , Gabby Chaves