Toronto, Ontario March 10, 2000 - With a newly-signed five-year Forsythe Racing contract tucked in his pocket, young Canadian racing talent, Billy Asaro is revved up for the US Formula 2000 season opener in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 19.
A standout performer in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship last year, Asaro has graduated to USF2000, where, with the backing of Forsythe Racing and Indeck Power, he will drive a car fielded by Primus Racing.
"I'm really looking forward to it, I'm just itching to go," the 18-year-old Unionville, Ontario, resident said.
A few weeks ago, Asaro spent a few days at the Primus team's base in Florida. There, a seat was made for him and he had some time running on an oval track in preparation for the season opener. Phoenix will mark Asaro's first race in a Formula 2000 car and his first race on an oval, but he's confident he'll do well.
The Phoenix event will also be of significance for Asaro's manager, Craig Hillock. "When I get to Phoenix, I think the gravity of the Forsythe contract will finally sink in," he said. "Gerry Forsythe deserves so much credit, not just for offering this deal, but for being the type of man we could make a handshake agreement with. A contract was eventually signed, but from last August up until the new year, this deal was cemented only with a handshake. I've heard a lot of good things about Gerry Forsythe and I can now vouch that they are true."
Joining the Forsythe team means much to Asaro personally and will certainly be a boost to this already highly motivated driver. "It feels amazing to be part of the Forsthe Racing organization," Asaro beamed. "It gives me a lot of pride and confidence. The first time I step into that car all done up with the Forsythe/Indeck colours and logos, that will be a pretty awesome moment.
"I'll have to put that out of my mind when I'm out on the track. A pretty car won't help me win the race. The test in Florida went really well, so I know I can be fast on an oval, I also have the Primus team behind me. They're very knowledgeable and I know they'll be able to give me a great set up and all the help I need. We'll be fast. You can count on it."