Formula BMW Americas rookie David Ostella kicks off the second half of his maiden season this weekend as the Series hits Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. In what is easily one of the biggest celebrations of racing in North America, the Formula BMW Americas Championship will join the American Le Mans Series, the Atlantic Championship, Star Mazda Championship, Skip Barber National, Mazda MX-5 Cup and the SPEED World Challenge in what is appropriately named the Road Race Showcase at Road America. The AMLS Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable is the showcase event, while the Formula BMW Americas competitors will enjoy a triple-header race weekend with track action beginning Thursday.
"I have been having some bad luck in the first half of the season, but all that can change when something good happens here," Ostella said of his return to the famed road course. "I have done a two-day Skip Barber School here and that will help me with these races. We do have two veterans that raced here last year and if I can stay near them I will be happy - but starting the second half on the podium with no problems at would be great!"
Ostella left for Road America Tuesday, fresh from a positive Official Test at Putnam Park last week. "The test went well and I was not too far off on used tires," he said. "Once the new tires went on I had to work to find the limits, but I was still encouraged. It's what I continue to work on every time in the car - finding the limits of the tires right away. I've shown I'm among the quickest on used tires, now I need to do the same on new rubber in qualifying!"
The Formula BMW Americas drivers will have two practice sessions Thursday before a late afternoon qualifying session and another round of qualifying on Friday morning. Race takes the green Saturday while races two and three of the weekend run Sunday. Estimates put a race lap at Road America well over two minutes, and as always, Ostella in anxious to get started. "I can't wait for this triple-threat weekend, it's going to be great!"