CHAMPCAR/CART: Ronnie Bremer - HVM interview

HVM's Inside Line with Ronnie Bremer The 26-year old native of Copenhagen, Denmark is an 8-time karting Champion. He made the move from karts to cars in 2001 when he competed in the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, where he won at Castle...

HVM's Inside Line with Ronnie Bremer

The 26-year old native of Copenhagen, Denmark is an 8-time karting Champion. He made the move from karts to cars in 2001 when he competed in the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, where he won at Castle Combe and finished second in the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. His potential was recognized and Bremer spent the 2002 and 2003 racing seasons competing in the British Formula 3 championship earning 24 top-ten finishes, including ten top-five finishes and sixth place in the championship in 2003. Bremer transferred his racing career to the United States in 2004 to compete in the Toyota Atlantic Championship. He became the first and only rookie to score a victory in 2004, when he won at Denver. Bremer earned a total of five podium finishes and placed fifth in the series championship.

Q: How would you sum up your first Champ Car weekend?

RB: I would say it was a very good weekend. It was a great experience for me, something I had dreamed about my whole life, making my Champ Car debut and I think we did a great job. We never ran outside of the top-ten and I finished seventh, so I am very happy.

Q: What were the biggest surprises for you, regarding Champ Car, the team or the weekend?

RB: Well, this is my second year in the Champ Car paddock since I raced in Toyota Atlantic last year, so from the event standpoint, I pretty much knew what to expect. Same type of weekend as in Atlantic, just a lot more of everything! The biggest surprise for me was the team. It is incredible to see a group of people work the way they do, very finely tuned, like clockwork. They are extremely professional and that gives me a lot of extra confidence, I know I can take my car to the limit and it will be just fine.

Q: How does the Champ Car compare to the car you most recently competed in?

RB: The Champ Car is much heavier, much more powerful and a lot more fun than the Atlantic car. It was obvious at Long Beach; my hands were quite sore at the end of the event because of all of the blisters, but I was really surprised on the oval. We tested at Milwaukee last week and I couldn't believe how much quicker you get around that place in a Champ Car!

Q: What circuit are you looking forward to the most and why?

RB: I am looking forward to Denver the most because I won there last year in the Atlantic car.

Q: What are your expectations for the 2005 Champ Car season?

RB: I intend to win the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title and finish in the top five in the Championship.

Q: What do you enjoy in your free time, your time away from the racetrack?

RB: Something with racing, even in my free time!

Q: What in your opinion has been your greatest achievement in your racing career?

RB: Coming to the United States.

Q: Has there been a day in your racing career that you will never forget?

RB: It was the 1999 Karting World Championships in Belgium. I was leading the race until the last corner of the last lap when I was punted off to finish sixth!

-hvm

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