The Atlantic Racing Team displays its fighting spirit in Road America Formula BMW USA Halifax, August 10, 2004 -- Even Chicago traffic can't hold the Atlantic Racing Team back. After missing test days due to heavy rain and to a Windy City ...
The Atlantic Racing Team displays its fighting spirit in Road America Formula BMW USA
Halifax, August 10, 2004 -- Even Chicago traffic can't hold the Atlantic Racing Team back. After missing test days due to heavy rain and to a Windy City gridlock on their way up to Road America, the ART and driver Kyle Herder rallied to capture a 8th position in Round 9 of the Formula BMW USA Championship. In the second part of the double-header, Herder came in 11th, after barely missing a spinning Tom Sutherland on lap 1 of Round 10.
Kyle Herder improved on his 12th qualifying position to finish 8th in the first race of the weekend. Kyle rapidly gained positions after the start of the race, but saw his progress hampered by two caution periods. "The car felt great and it is a shame we were held up by yellow flags, otherwise our finishing position would've been different," said Kyle after Saturday's race.
"The mechanics put on a great effort once again this week to give Kyle a contender, commented ART Engineer Lucas Strackerjan. We were all tired and grumpy from the long road and the mind-numbing traffic, but I admire how everybody rallied and whip this weekend up into shape in no time. Kyle displayed his talent and with his work and his input, we shaved seconds off his lap time over the practice sessions. Unfortunately, yellow flags did not allow him to fully express himself around this circuit."
Team principal Ingo Strackerjan chimed in with these comments: "Two free practices followed by the first qualifying meant hard work for Kyle. He found valuable seconds, Lucas' set up gave him confidence in the car but many full course yellows destroyed chances for front line placing. We had a very good start to the race and a place gaining on the first lap, but it was followed by 2 yellow flags which basically ruined any chances for Kyle to finish higher. The race was finished under yellow after three laps of racing! Sorry Kyle - you had it (a win) in you today! And thanks to the crew - a very well done job."
Qualifying for the second race was also cut short, this time by a red flag, forcing Kyle and the ART to make do with the 11th spot on the starting grid. After Sutherland's spin, Kyle lost precious time and momentum and finished 11th. "After Tom's spin, I had to quickly get back into rhythm, recounts Kyle. Starting this far back on the grid always exposes us to this kind of incident. Fortunately, this little fright did not spell the end of our race, and I'm happy to bring the car home. We've learned a lot again today, and I can't wait for Denver to put it to fruition."
This is the kind of fighting spirit Team Principal Ingo Strackerjan thrives on: "Kyle did not give up and kept at it, sign of a great young driver. This motivates the team a great deal, and we look forward to Denver to harvest all this positive energy and transform it into a podium finish."
The Atlantic Racing Team moves on to the next stop on the Formula BMW USA Championship at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, in Denver, Colorado, August 13-15.
Atlantic Racing Team is a year-round professional motorsports organization with its race shop located in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada).