USA: Philip Major Indianapolis race one notes

Major Bags More Points in Front of F1's Leading Lights. Sensational opening race for Canadian driver at illustrious Grand Prix event. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most famous racetracks in the world and for a...

Major Bags More Points in Front of F1's Leading Lights.

Sensational opening race for Canadian driver at illustrious Grand Prix event.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most famous racetracks in the world and for a driver to even compete upon its hallowed surface is a grand achievement in itself. To race with such grit and determination in your first appearance at 'The Brickyard' makes that achievement all the more impressive.

A great start by Philip Major had him running in ninth place, involved in a titanic tussle with four other drivers. Lap after lap Major forced the nose of his FormulaBMW machine inside his rivals in an intense duel. "We were wicked-fast through the infield, but we weren't close enough into turn one," Said the Ottawa driver, "but towards the end of the race I changed my line slightly and that helped."

Finally, with two laps to go, Major found himself in a six-car gaggle heading down the front straightaway. With a gutsy move, he held off the brakes longer than his rivals and threaded his way past three cars into turn one. It was a fantastic maneuver but, although it put him on the inside and thus on the proper racing line, the jostling pack squeezed him down further than was normal, and finding himself inside the correct line, the laws of physics took over and the speed/turning radius/ trajectory equation decreed that Philip would have a 'moment' at mid- corner.

He hung on to the wobble beautifully but he had lost the gained places and was now in the clutches of those pursuing. Driving with intelligence, he held them at bay whilst he cleaned up his tires, then set about recapturing those ahead. But it was a bit too much given the two laps remaining, and the Canadian was forced to settle for another helping of championship points and ninth place.

"I feel pretty good with another points finish but I'm a little disappointed I couldn't make sixth place," he rued "but tomorrow I start seventh and what I've learned from today's race I think it will help us in the race."

Round eight of the FBMWUSA championship will take place before the United States Grand Prix on Sunday 2nd July.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Philip Major