Woodcliff Lake, NJ - Aug. 20, 2007-- Taking a 67-point lead in the Overall standings into the final two Rounds of the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship at Mosport International Raceway this weekend, 17-year old Daniel Morad (Eurointernational) looks to win this year's Formula BMW USA title in front of his hometown fans. Canadian Morad, a native of Toronto, was last season's Rookie champion and has had a stellar season this year, standing on the podium nine times - five of them on the top step.
One of seven drivers in the 15-car field who competed at Mosport last year, Morad's experience is sure to see that he will collect the lion's share of points again this weekend. He needs only a seventh-place finish in the first race of the weekend to clinch the title over this season's Rookie champion Esteban Gutierrez (Team Autotecnica), the only driver with a chance to beat Morad. 16-year old Gutierrez, from Monterrey, Mexico, has scored a record eight poles and secured the Rookie title with his fourth win of the season in Round 12 at Road America.
Three drivers who could challenge Gutierrez in the Overall points are Alexander Rossi (Team Apex Racing USA) and HBR Motorsport Team USA teammates Maxime Pelletier and Steven Guerrero. Californian Rossi has come on strong in the closing stages of the season, winning two of the last four races. He stands third in Overall points. Second-year Formula BMW USA drivers Pelletier and Guerrero are fourth and fifth respectively. Pelletier has four podium finishes to-date and Guerrero has never finished out of the top-10.
An official test day will be held on Thursday, August 23. The final Formula BMW USA weekend of the 2007 season begins on Friday with practice sessions at 9:35 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:55 - 1:20 p.m. Round 13 qualifying is scheduled for 5:15 - 5:40 p.m. Round 14 qualifying will be held at 8:00 - 8:25 a.m. Saturday with the Round 13 race starting at 5:00 p.m. The Round 14 will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.