NA-F2000: Billy Asaro to start ninth at Mosport

Billy Asaro will start tomorrow's USF2000 event at Mosport International Raceway from ninth position. During this afternoon's half-hour qualifying session, the eighteen-year-old Indeck/Forsythe driver posted a time of 1m 22.559s for a 4km (2.5...

Billy Asaro will start tomorrow's USF2000 event at Mosport International Raceway from ninth position. During this afternoon's half-hour qualifying session, the eighteen-year-old Indeck/Forsythe driver posted a time of 1m 22.559s for a 4km (2.5 mile) lap of the famous road course.

Last week, in a race at Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Billy charged to sixth place after being innocently caught up in a first-corner incident that dropped him to the back of the field, the better part of a lap behind the leaders. He came to Mosport hoping to capitalize on the momentum of that performance.

"I think we'll be okay for the race," said the resident of Unionville, Ontario. "The car set up is progressing, but the track is different from the last time we were here (in May). Some of the classes racing here this weekend use really soft tires and they're leaving a lot of rubber on the track."

While Billy was looking for a better result from qualifying, he has overcome greater challenges at this track in the past. The last time the USF2000s raced at Mosport, Billy started from fourteenth, but ran as high as fourth in a race that he eventually finished fifth. Furthermore, when racing Formula Ford last year, he fell to near the back of the pack when his engine sputtered at the start, but by lap nine he was going for the lead.

"I know I can do well at this track," said Billy. "It would have been nice to be starting a little closer to the front, but when you look at the time sheet, I did okay. The field is very closely matched and I'm only about a half-second off third. Tomorrow, I'll be doing my best to get that Indeck/Forsythe car as far ahead as I can."

Twenty-six cars will take part in this weekend's USF2000 round at Mosport which is scheduled to begin at 3:25pm tomorrow.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Billy Asaro