FORMULA BMW USA CONDUCTS INAUGURAL TEST SESSIONS RACE JOHNSON, WEST LINN, ORE., POSTS QUICKEST TIME Portland, Ore. (April 6, 2006) -- Race Johnson, the seventeen-year-old driver from West Linn, Ore., was on top of Formula BMW USA's...
FORMULA BMW USA CONDUCTS INAUGURAL TEST SESSIONS RACE JOHNSON, WEST LINN, ORE., POSTS QUICKEST TIME
Portland, Ore. (April 6, 2006) -- Race Johnson, the seventeen-year-old driver from West Linn, Ore., was on top of Formula BMW USA's inaugural test sessions, March 27-28, at Road Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. Johnson started off the two days with the fastest time in the first session by being over a second faster than the rest of the 24-car field. He then capped that off by being .253 seconds faster in the last session of the test.
Johnson achieved these results even though it was necessary for him to share time in a teammate's car (Steven Guerrero from Columbia, Latin America) throughout the official two-day test. Johnson's car -- a red Formula BMW FB2 -- didn't clear customs coming in to Atlanta, Ga., from Paris, France.
"Since I had to share a car and was unable to participate in all the sessions, this put me at a huge disadvantage having half the time in the car," Johnson added. "Sharing a car puts more pressure on HBR Motorsport [Johnson's team] to get all the details taken care of. They worked very hard in preparation, and despite the adversity of having to share a car, HBR really came through. We accomplished our goal of being the top performer at this first Formula BMW test," Johnson said.
According to Johnson, during a race weekend drivers get very little practice time and have to be quick from the start. "Being the quickest in the very first session was the most important part of the entire two-day test, because it simulates what will happen during the actual race weekend," Johnson said. Johnson is very encouraged by his results in Atlanta.