Overview of Event Five
Team APEX Racing USA was forced to deal with adversity for the first time this season, as an electrical problem in the MMG Financial BMW powered FB2 cost driver Robert Wickens 5 positions on the final lap of Round 9 at Barber Motorsports Park. The problem, a faulty ignition wire, also hampered Wickens qualifying run for Round 10. Racing from the rear of the field, Wickens made his way into the top 10, finishing 7th.
"On paper the Birmingham event was our worst showing of the season," said Apex Racing co-owner David Hunt. "But it showed the true character of the team that we stayed with it and had a good race car for Robert in Round 10. Electrical problems are the most frustrating to deal with because they're so hard to find. It's not like a suspension problem, that's relatively easy to diagnose."
Preview of Event Six
Team APEX Racing USA looks to rebound in a big way this weekend in the Mile High City at the Grand Prix of Denver. Currently 4th in the driver championship standings (trailing points leader Kevin LaCroix by 21 points) Canada's Robert Wickens believes both the Denver track and weather forecast fit his style to a "t."
"I'm looking forward to a great weekend, no doubt about it. My driving style suits a temporary street course layout like the one we'll be on this weekend at Denver," said Wickens. "I like a tight track, and these temporary courses usually offer that sort of layout. I also love the rain. A lot of guys push too hard in wet conditions, but I like the challenge (rain is in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday in Denver) and I know I can keep the car in one piece."
Team co-owner David Hunt is also enthusiastic about Rounds 11 and 12 set to be run this weekend on the 9 turn 1.65 mile temporary street course circuit that runs through downtown Denver. "I've got high hopes for Denver," said Hunt. "Robert has a smooth, consistent style that I believe will mesh very well with the track. Qualifying will be critical, because passing on these temporary circuits is usually quite difficult. Electrical problems bit us during qualifying at Birmingham. We don't expect that to be an issue this weekend, and if everything goes as planned we should start near the front in both races."
Team APEX Racing USA's championship hopes took a hit at Birmingham, but Hunt says don't count out this team of series newcomers yet. "We're by far the top rookie team in the series," said Hunt. "We've surprised a lot of people with our performance this season, and we still have a shot at the team title mathematically. Robert is just 21 points back in the driver standings, so with four rounds remaining a lot could happen."