Gelles Racing to enter Five-Star Brigade Front Royal, February 22, 2006. -- Gelles Racing announces today the first five of its talented driver lineup for the 2006 Formula BMW USA Championship. The All Star line up is comprised of three ...
Gelles Racing to enter Five-Star Brigade
Front Royal, February 22, 2006. -- Gelles Racing announces today the first five of its talented driver lineup for the 2006 Formula BMW USA Championship. The All Star line up is comprised of three Canadians, one Colombian and one Jamaican. Two Gelles Racing Team Drivers are returning to the series, one of them is a Formula BMW USA Junior scholar and another is the first black driver in the three year history of this entry level ladder championship. Ryan Campbell, Adrien Herberts, Maxime Pelletier, Sebastian Saavedra and Joel Jackson are the Gelles Racing stars that will fight for victory while looking for team domination in 2006.
"We have an outstanding cast of drivers this year, agreed team owner Bob Gelles. We have every reason to believe our team will be the strongest in 2006 when we consider the amount of talent the young men bring to our team. They will work under the supervision of our Motorsports Director Christal Waddy and our Engineers lead by Senior Engineer Jurgen Schmitt. With the conclusion and success of our pre-season testing, we can ascertain they will win races and rival among themselves for the title."
2005 was a tremendous learning curve for the Lethbridge, Alberta driver in his first year in open wheel competition. "Ryan matured into a quick driver and all his testing this winter shows he will have to be considered seriously as a front runner, added Gelles. Campbell and Saavedra will sport the familiar Western Union yellow, white and black livery.
When a driver hails out of Colombia, his idol has to be Montoya. 15-year old Saavedra makes no exception and wants to learn the FB2 as much as possible before the season starts. "When this youngster gets his grip in our final pre-season testing he will look for podiums in every round. He has improved steadily in each practice session."
Returning Canadian driver from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Herberts admits he was not always among the fastest last year: "I was in my first professional open wheel season and fighting hard to keep the pace. This year, I trust Gelles will give me a stronger car and I will be able to lead the traffic and grab my share of success. I will again be working with my personal driver coach Danny Kok."
The Rotax Max Jamaica 2005 champion who won every round but one last year is ready to step up to more competition in the Formula BMW USA championship. After six winning seasons in karting, this 18-year old will break new ground this year, being the first black driver in the series. One of the winningest racers to come out of Jamaica lately, Jackson will bear the BMW of Sterling colors just like teammate Herberts.
Another 15-year old from Longuiel, Quebec, Maxime Pelletier is the last one in a long tradition of quick drivers coming out of French Canada. His talent earned him a Formula BMW USA Junior scholarship and Maxime will be among the promising stars that will benefit from the series advance schooling program. "Maxime is an example of sheer talent who can be molded into a true professional driver, closed Gelles. If he can focus on his driving and use all the advice from his Gelles crew, this young man can go very far." Being a scholar, Pelletier will bear the new 2006 blue and white series livery as well as BMW of Sterling on his side pods.
Gelles Racing will head out to Virginia International Raceway next week to continue its pre-season testing with two full days on the track with its All Stars. "We want our pilots to get as much track time before the official testing season starts, concluded Christal Waddy. All of them are improving very much since they took to the tracks but we want them to share information with our engineers and between them to better set their cars in different situations. Official Formula BMW USA testing starts in five weeks at Road Atlanta."