Ruiz Takes Double-Podium at Road America
Formula BMW Junior takes a shine to one of North America's finest tracks with debut double podium appearances
(Elkhart Lake, WIS) 10 August 08 -- Young Alexandre Ruiz is in a rush for racing success. So with a best finish of fourth place after eight rounds of Formula BMW America's competition as a Rookie racer, Ruiz was frustrated not to have the results he was hoping for yet.
He knew he had a strong team with Apex-HBR Racing, and that he was adopting quickly as he took on the challenge of his first season of racing cars after a great career racing karts. But such is the impatience of a young racer, ignoring the fact that he was racing against drivers with scores more experience in the Formula BMW racer, and forgetting the fact that every race track he competed on was a new one on his racing resume.
But that lack of patience was tempered a bit this weekend, as Ruiz made an outstanding debut on one of the continent's most challenging, and most loved, race tracks as he scored two podiums and a fourth place result in three rounds of Formula BMW Americas competition at Road America in Elkhart Lake.
The race meeting was the first triple-header in Formula BMW Americas series history, and Ruiz clearly relished every opportunity he had to race on the over 4-mile circuit that carries the European tradition of names, rather than numbers, for many of the corners including Kettle Bottoms, the Carousel, and the high-speed "Kink" corner.
Ruiz opened the race weekend with a run to fourth in round ten, running in podium position for much of the race before finishing just a half-second behind his Apex-HBR Teammate Mikeal Grenier. Ruiz then stormed to the head of the Rookie class field by scoring his debut Formula BMW Americas podium with a third place finish in round 11. He clearly enjoyed the podium celebrations that Formula BMW stages, as he made a point to return to the third step of the rostrum in round 12 to close out a strong race weekend in Wisconsin.
"I am really happy about this weekend to get on the podium twice and to be so quick in all three races, I am very pleased right now!" said Ruiz. "I was trying to be patient but I hadn't been happy with my results yet so this is a very good feeling. This track is fantastic--I loved racing on it, and I hope to get to do it again in my career because it is very fast, and it has a little bit of everything. I know that my competition has a lot of experience in these cars, and many of them know these tracks already, but now that I have been on the podium, I am even more confident about racing in New Jersey. Hopefully we can be strong there before racing at home in Brazil. I can't wait for that. Thank you to Apex-HBR for all the work this weekend. I was proud to be on the podium, and I want to bring them more success in the next races!"
Ruiz would have been happy to keep racing through the week, but he'll have to be patient for the next round as Formula BMW Americas ties up with the ARCA Series for the first time as part of the Series' debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a brand-new facility in New Jersey's southern region.
-credit: Sunday Group Management/Ruiz