Rossi Reigns in Round 11 at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Aug. 11, 2007-- The first race of the weekend for Road America set the stage for an exciting weekend of racing. American Alexander Rossi (Team Apex Racing USA) won Round 11 of the...
Rossi Reigns in Round 11 at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Aug. 11, 2007-- The first race of the weekend for Road America set the stage for an exciting weekend of racing. American Alexander Rossi (Team Apex Racing USA) won Round 11 of the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship today at Road America secured the win in the same manner as he earned a spot on the podium in Round 8 by a photo finish. The 15 year-old Californian led the final two laps of the 10-lap contest, winning by a scant .004 seconds over charging Rookie points leader Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica), who had started from the rear of the 16-car field. Formula BMW Germany Junior and Rookie Adrien Tambay (Eurointernational) finished third after leading the first half of the race.
HBR Motorsport Team USA teammates Ricardo Favoretto and Steven Guerrero rounded out the top-five.
Polesitter Philip Major (Autotecnica) got a good start, but Tambay, from the second starting spot, was past him in Turn 7 and would lead the next eight laps. With Morad, Rossi and Pelletier in pursuit, Gutierreiz began his charge forward from the rear of the grid.
With just a few laps remaining, Pelletier and Morad had contact, resulting in Pelletier retiring in the gravel. Morad continued at the rear of the field. Gutierrez, closer to the front, inherited third and set his sights on Rossi and Tambay. Crossing the line to complete lap eight, Gutierrez set the fastest race lap (2:18.373) and Rossi took the lead over Tambay in turn one. Farther back in the pack, Morad's day ended as a result of contact with Robert Thorne (Team Apex Racing USA) in turn one. On the last lap Gutierrez passed Tambay for second and tried Rossi in the final turn, but Rossi held on to take his second win of the season.
The top-finishing Rookie drivers were Gutierrez (P2), Tambay (P3), Favoretto (P4), Eric Morrow (P8) and Timothy Hollowell (P10).
Winner Rossi commented "I started off in third and I just focused on getting a good run. I had a very good run on Adrien going into turn one. I wasn't sure if I wanted to pass there as I wanted to be in second on the last lap, but the opportunity was there., so I took it."
Rookie Points leader Esteban said "It was a very tough race, coming from the back it was very hard. I had to be patient. I came up on Rossi on the straight and tried to get by, it was a very tight race at the end. It was a very good race."
Visiting driver Tambay shared, "The race was pretty good, I started off well and with the draft I lost a position. I think we made a mistake with the set up, but I look forward to the race tomorrow."
Despite his disappointing finish, Morad still leads the Overall point standings over Gutierrez, Rossi, Pelletier and Guerrero.
Round 12 is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.