ROUNDS 9 & 10, SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX Woodcliff Lake, NJ -- The San Jose Grand Prix will host Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship on July 27 - 29 as Formula BMW USA joins the Champ Car World Series for two consecutive race ...
ROUNDS 9 & 10, SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX
Woodcliff Lake, NJ -- The San Jose Grand Prix will host Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship on July 27 - 29 as Formula BMW USA joins the Champ Car World Series for two consecutive race weekends. Challenging may well prove to be an understatement for the 17 young drivers entered as the 1.5-mile, 7-turn Redback Raceway that slashes through the San Jose streets will provide quite a contrast to the rolling 4.0-mile, 15-turn Road America circuit that will see Rounds 11 and 12 on August 9 - 12.
The Formula BMW USA Championship passed the mid-point of the season at Lime Rock Park on July 6 - 7 with Round 8 marking the 50th Formula BMW USA race since the series began in 2004.
Three young men have stood on the top step of the podium so far this season and they are also at the top of the Overall point standings. Daniel Morad (Eurointernational), who won one race last year on his way to the Rookie Championship, has added five more victories this year. Now the driver with the most career Formula BMW USA wins, he leads by 77 points. With a breakthrough win in Round 7 at Lime Rock Park, second-year driver Sebastian Saavedra (Eurointernational) moved to second in Overall points. Rookie sensation Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica) may have fallen five points behind Saavedra after two 17th place finishes at Lime Rock, but the 15-year old continues to lead the Rookie standings. The holder of a record six poles in a row in Rounds 1 through 6, Gutierrez's almost uncanny ability to learn new circuits quickly will serve him well in San Jose.
Behind these three Maxime Pelletier (HBR Motorsport Team USA), Alexander Rossi (Team Apex Racing USA) and Steven Guerrero (HBR Motorsport Team USA) stand fourth, fifth and sixth respectively - only a seven point spread between them.
While the newest class of Formula BMW USA drivers chase their dreams, series graduates continue to shine as they climb the motorsport ladder. The San Jose Grand Prix will prove to be a reunion as many graduates compete in the Champ Car