Formula BMW USA in Colorado
Western Union drivers will lead Gelles Racing in Denver
Front Royal, August 9, 2005. -- The second Formula BMW USA season will reach its climax as all four Gelles Racing drivers will be part of an action-packed race program in Denver this coming weekend as the Champ Car championship and its affiliate Atlantic series meet for the only time in 2005 with the best ladder entry series in North America, the Formula BMW USA championship. This will be the sixth double-header on the calendar and Western Union drivers, Justin Moon, Ryan Campbell, Maxime Soulet and Darin Marcus, are looking forward to race their best on the Mile-High urban facility. Denver is home of Western Union and nothing could be better than a victory this weekend.
"I am positive Maxime, Justin, Darin and Ryan will be up to the task, declared team owner Bob Gelles. Maxime is lying third in the season standings and there is no doubt in my mind he will step up to the challenge on this altitude race course. He is physically very fit and he will use his experience on this temporary track, the only one we visit this season. The Gelles team is there early, they walked the track today and we are planning for success. Darin is a racer on a mission and he is looking for his best weekend ever. Justin has been training hard after difficult outings in Alabama and he is going to Denver with podium on his mind. Ryan is improving by leaps and bounds and every lap on the racetrack makes him a better driver."
Busy weekend schedule
As it is usual with this series, there will be six outings on the 1.647 mile, 9-turn street circuit around Auraria Parkway and the Pepsi Center. A long one-hour practice session will take place Friday at 11:00. The first qualifying session is at 6:45, while the second will be Saturday morning at 10:00. Race #1 will go green at 3:00 pm on the same day while race #2 will start Sunday at 10:15 am, shortly after the morning warm-up at 8:00.
A visit to Western Union headquarters in Denver
Last week, our Western Union drivers traveled to Denver to be part of the corporate employee appreciation party on Friday. Maxime Soulet and Darin Marcus signed autographs and met with race fans while the Gelles Racing show car with Western Union livery serving as a backdrop. Needless to say, their motivation will also be Mile-High when they take their FB2 cars to the track Friday morning.
Gelles ladder series on the way
Bob Gelles made it clear last week he will race Champ Car Formula Atlantic cars with the new Swift 0.16a chassis and the 300-hp 2.3-liter Cosworth package in 2006. "We will have two rungs of the ladder, he says. Young talents coming out of karting will start with our BMW cars before they step up to Atlantic within the same team. I put forth a substantial effort traveling North America attending karting events, continuously searching for the new talent. There are so many advantages to this connection."
Grand Prix of Denver
This BMW double header takes place in Denver on the only temporary street course of the season. Bob Gelles likes to think Maxime Soulet is the favorite to earn his first victory on this "king of streets" facility. Denver is a short 1.647-mile track with 9 turns.
Gelles Racing enters four cars in the Formula BMW USA 2005 Championship. Western Union, BMW of Sterling, USA TODAY, Hebert & LeBleu and Care Centric sponsor the team. Gelles Racing plans to enter the BMW World Final in Bahrain from December 13th to 16th.