USA: VIR test summary

FORMULA BMW USA DRIVERS COMPLETE SECOND OFFICIAL TEST OF 2007 SEASON Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 17, 2007-- 18 young drivers recently participated in the second of three official tests before the 2007 Formula BMW USA season begins on May 17 at ...

FORMULA BMW USA DRIVERS COMPLETE SECOND OFFICIAL TEST OF 2007 SEASON

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - April 17, 2007-- 18 young drivers recently participated in the second of three official tests before the 2007 Formula BMW USA season begins on May 17 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Valley, Utah.

Held on April 7th and 8th at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), in Alton, Virginia, the youngsters completed a combined 6000 miles under cool, crisp and fast conditions. With no major incidents reducing the track time the ten teams on hand could run their programs with little interruption.

At the top of the timing chart was 2006 Rookie Champion Daniel Morad (AIM Autosport). Sophomore Formula BMW USA driver Sebastian Saavedra (EuroInternational) was only .013 seconds behind and newcomer Alexander Rossi (Hearn Motorsports) rounded out the top-three. Three Rookies were among the top-10 fastest with Jeffrey Petriello (Team KMA Racing) fourth, Esteban Gutierrez (Team Autotecnica) fifth and Eric Morrow (Hearn Motorsports) ninth. Petriello and Morrow are 2007 Junior scholarship drivers. Overall the top-13 times were within only one second promising another competitive Formula BMW USA season.

Formula BMW USA driving coach Pete Argetsinger said, "The series seems to go from strength to strength. This season looks like it will be even better than last year with strong returning drivers and some strong newcomers. I am very excited for the season to start."

Notes:

While the newest class of Formula BMW USA drivers tested at VIR, series graduates continue to shine as they climb the motorsport ladder. Robert Wickens (2006 Formula BMW USA Champion) took the overall pole and finished second in the opening round of the Champ Car Atlantic season at the Las Vegas Grand Prix--

In addition to Wickens, seven more Formula BMW USA graduates took part in the race; James Hinchcliffe (04), Matt Lee (06), Tom Sutherland (04, 05), Simona De Silvestro (06), Frankie Muniz (06), Adrien Herberts (05, 06) and David Garza (06)--

Graham Rahal (2004 Junior) became the first Formula BMW USA graduate a full- time Champ Car drive with his start at Las Vegas--

Ten 2007 Formula BMW USA drivers have registered for this season's Education and Coaching Program. The pre-season Fitness Camp and a Media Training seminar are scheduled for April 27 - 28 in Indianapolis, IN--

-credit: bmw.usa

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Graham Rahal , Robert Wickens , Adrien Herberts , Tom Sutherland , James Hinchcliffe , David Garza , Sebastian Saavedra , Daniel Morad , Alexander Rossi , Jeffrey Petriello , Esteban Gutierrez , Eric Morrow , Frankie Muniz , Matt Lee