Junior BMW scholar Pelletier takes the lead in Rookie With two superb comebacks, Pelletier takes the lead in Rookie standings Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, June 26th, 2006. -- While he had to start from the back of the grid because...
Junior BMW scholar Pelletier takes the lead in Rookie With two superb comebacks, Pelletier takes the lead in Rookie standings
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, June 26th, 2006. -- While he had to start from the back of the grid because changes were made to his racing machine, Maxime Pelletier came back twice to 13th and 11th place in both rounds of the Formula BMW USA championship held last week-end in Montreal. In the Saturday race, he was named the hard charger and was the best rookie in the Sunday round. The 15-year old French Canadian now rests atop the rookie standings and is looking forward to the next weekend in Indianapolis.
''In the Friday morning practice session, I went on the curbs in one turn but they were so high they just ripped a corner of the chassis on my car. We had no time to fix it and I had to qualify with the car, finishing 18th best time. My crew, lead my engineer mechanic Marco Tischer spent the rest of the day changing the tub. The officials decided to push me to the back of the grid for both races.
In the first race, I started 26th and move up the field up to 13th overall. I was on a roll and could have made more positions but the race was only 12 laps.
In the second race, the strategy was the same. I climbed a few spots but had to avoid an accident and dropped down the field again. I went back to work and finished in 11th this time and Best Rookie in the process. Although I was disappointed when I learned I would start both races deep in the grip, I come out satisfied with the outcome and first place among newcomers. This will be obviously a goal I will try to reach this season.
On to Indy now
As a Junior scholar in the Formula BMW USA, Maxime will have to be early in Indianapolis this week: "We have to attend a mandatory evaluation with the series, he adds. I will use some of the time to rest. I've just finished my high school exams at Charles-Lemoyne College and I could use some time off to get back into full time racing mood. I think Indy will be an awesome experience and hope to move up in time sheets with no penalty whatsoever."