USA: Montreal rounds three, four preview

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - June 5, 2007-- Rounds 3 and 4 of the Formula BMW USA Championship will certainly be a highlight for the six young Canadians entered among the 18 young drivers racing in support of the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles...

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - June 5, 2007-- Rounds 3 and 4 of the Formula BMW USA Championship will certainly be a highlight for the six young Canadians entered among the 18 young drivers racing in support of the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 8 - 10. Racing in Montreal and Indianapolis with the Formula One World Championship has been a permanent part of the Formula BMW USA Championship schedule since the series inception in 2004.

Canadian Daniel Morad, now racing BMW Junior colors as reward for winning last season's Rookie championship, stands atop the points after a win and a second in Rounds 1 and 2 held at Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah, on May 18 - 19. This year's crop of Rookie drivers proved themselves at Miller with Mexico's Esteban Gutierrez taking both poles, a fourth in Round 1, and winning Round 2. He stands second in Overall points and leads the Rookie championship. Canadian Jeffrey Petriello, also a BMW Junior, stands second in Rookie points and fourth overall after a second in Round 1 and a sixth in Round 2. Alexander Rossi is the lone American in the top-five Overall. He finished third in Round 1 and fourth in Round 2. Brazilian Rookie Ricardo Favoretto stands fifth overall and third in Rookie points after fifth places finishes in both Rounds 1 and 2.

With three of this season's six Rookie drivers in the top-five overall proving the newcomers can come to grips quickly with new circuits, the Grand Prix rounds may well prove the acid-test as they must now prove themselves in front of the biggest crowds they have seen.

A single, one-half hour qualifying session, unique to the Grand Prix rounds, is sure to add additional pressure. Will the Rookies be up to the challenge? Or will the eight drivers in the field returning from last season's championship gain an advantage from their experience? The Montreal Rounds always prove exciting and this year's contest could be the most competitive ever.

Qualifying is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Friday. A driver's fastest time will determine their starting position for Saturday's 4:00 p.m. Round 3 race and their second-fastest time will set the grid for the Round 4 contest. Round 4 is scheduled to start Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

-credit: bmw.usa

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Daniel Morad , Alexander Rossi , Ricardo Favoretto