USA: Road Atlanta: Gelles Racing preview

Curtain falls on Gelles Racing first BMW season Front Royal, September 26, 2005. -- The second Formula BMW USA season will complete its schedule next week with the last double header in 2005 scheduled at Road Atlanta. This time, the BMW ...

Curtain falls on Gelles Racing first BMW season

Front Royal, September 26, 2005. -- The second Formula BMW USA season will complete its schedule next week with the last double header in 2005 scheduled at Road Atlanta. This time, the BMW single seaters will be part of the famous ALMS Petit LeMans program. Gelles Racing drivers will take part in this extensive four-day race program held at the Braselton, Georgia facility. For the drivers, the engineers and the crew this will be their second visit in the season after two official testing days were held in March.

"I remember those days in March were very exciting, claims team owner Bob Gelles. Maxime Soulet was starting with us and he was continually posting quick times. The Road Atlanta race track is very technical and the talent of a driver is quickly revealed. Justin Moon was the new scholar on the block, improving every time he took to the track. Both drivers left Road Atlanta in March at the front of the field, we have a solid set up for Road Atlanta. Our drivers had a wonderful season and Road Atlanta calls for a happy ending: I think our drivers can get a podium if they are as good as they were in March."

John Zartarian joins Gelles

Ex-karting star John Zartarian will join Gelles Racing next week for the season finale, replacing injured Darin Marcus in the #6 car. The Californian that lives in Carlsbad scored two fine fourth positions in the first programs of the season, Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio, and resides 12th in the standings even having missed the last four races. "I'm happy to join Gelles for the last program in Road Atlanta, says the 18 year-old. I know we will be fast from session one and this could be the start of something interesting for 2006."

Petit LeMans schedule

Unusually, the race program will start Wednesday with two free practice sessions at 10:30 and 12:45. A full hour of practice where our drivers will determine the proper setups, starting with the data they had in March. Then the first qualifying session will take place in the afternoon at 3:45. Thursday will have the second qualifying session in the morning at 10:30 before race #1 starts at 3:20. Friday, a 10-minute warm-up at 9:10 will precede the last race of the 2005 season at 12:45.

Gelles ladder series

Gelles Racing will join the new Champ Car Formula Atlantic series in 2006. Testing will be available next month for interested drivers even if the new Swift 0.16a chassis and the 300-hp 2.3-liter Cosworth will not be available until next Spring. "We plan to have our own ladder program within our team, says Gelles. Young or less experienced drivers will start with our BMW cars before they step up to Atlantic. There are many advantages to this connection. Karters from around the country know Gelles because we attend events and are continuously scouting for new talent.

Road Atlanta for the last rounds

This BMW double header is in Road Atlanta next week. The Georgia track is a 2.540-mile twister with twelve turns and the famous breath taking downhill under Suzuki bridge.

Gelles Racing enters four cars in the Formula BMW USA 2005 Championship. Western Union, BMW of Sterling, USA TODAY, Hebert & LeBleu and Care Centric sponsor the team. Gelles Racing plans to enter the BMW World Final in Bahrain from December 13th to 16th.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Darin Marcus , Justin Moon , Maxime Soulet , John Zartarian