NA: Alexandre Ruiz Mid-Ohio qualifying notes

Ruiz Set For Mid-Ohio Double in FBMW Americas Looking for payoff from virtual preparation (LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008, -- Alexandre Ruiz of Sao Paulo, Brazil came to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time in his life, but he found...

Ruiz Set For Mid-Ohio Double in FBMW Americas Looking for payoff from virtual preparation

(LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008, -- Alexandre Ruiz of Sao Paulo, Brazil came to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time in his life, but he found it very familiar. That's because he used the tried and true method of all young racecar drivers-- play it on a video game. That experience helped him to stay within half of a second of the frontrunners in qualifying for rounds 5 and 6 of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Series.

Ruiz will line up on row 3 for round 5, the first of Sunday's double-header and on row 4 for round 6.

"I made a small mistake today during qualifying, but still, I feel good and I'm looking forward to the two races tomorrow," said Ruiz, 15. "The track is really cool and the race will be close. With two races in one day, we must be careful not to damage the car because there may not be time to repair it. Still, once the race starts, it's a race just like any other."

His first qualifying time of 1:28.001 for round 5 will place him sixth on the grid and the 1:27.928 seconds recorded in the second qualifying will line him up on the 8th starting position.

-credit: Sunday Group Management/Ruiz

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