USA: Mid-Ohio round two qualifying notes

Garza on pole, de Silvestro second for all EuroInternational front row Lexington, Ohio - May 20, 2006-- Formula BMW USA Junior driver David Garza (EuroInternational) backed his performance yesterday to score his second pole of the 2006 Formula...

Garza on pole, de Silvestro second for all EuroInternational front row

Lexington, Ohio - May 20, 2006-- Formula BMW USA Junior driver David Garza (EuroInternational) backed his performance yesterday to score his second pole of the 2006 Formula BMW USA season with a lap of 1:26.430 minutes around the newly resurfaced 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in this morning's Round 2 qualifying session.

Taking the pole on his last lap, he moved teammate Simona de Silvestro (EuroInternational) to second after the 17-year-old Italian, now living in Zionsville, Indiana, was close to the top of the 26-car field for the entire 30-minute session. De Silvestro, only the second female to race in Formula BMW USA, has shown she will be a certain contender this year. Her outside pole time of 1:26.614 minutes was only .184 seconds behind Garza.

Matt Lee (Autotecnica), disqualified for a technical infraction following his third-place qualifying effort in Round 1, showed he overcame the let down to set the third quickest time today (1:26.698). Garza, de Silvestro and Lee were the only three drivers in the 1:26 second bracket.

Reed Stevens (HBR Motorsport Team USA) and Robert Wickens (Team Apex Racing USA) rounded out the top-five. The top-six starters are separated by one second and the top-19 are within two seconds of Garza's pole time ensuring an exciting Round 2 contest.

Following post-qualifying inspection the car of 17th qualifier Joel Jackson was found not to be in compliance. He will start at the rear of the grid.

The fastest Rookies in the field were Garza (P1), Robert Thorne (P7), Sebastian Saavedra (P8), Steven Guerrero (P11) and Daniel Morad (P12).

"I am very excited. I worked so hard for this. Hopefully we will remain the same for all the other upcoming races," said Garza. "Simona will start from second. We are team mates and will both race for the win, but I know we will help each other out to make one of the EuroInternational cars win."

De Silvestro said, "I feel very good and have a very good car. Yesterday, I was a bit unfortunate since I never came out of the pits again to renew my pole position that I was holding for part of the qualifying session. Today we managed to have both EuroInternational cars on the front row. I hope we can stay in front."

Lee said, "Today I had the pole for a while, but David and Simona took it away from me. I am still pretty happy with third. We will definitely have a good race. I definitely have the car to win."

-fbmw

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Robert Thorne , Robert Wickens , Reed Stevens , Simona de Silvestro , David Garza , Steven Guerrero , Daniel Morad , Joel Jackson , Matt Lee