Grafton, WI (July 11, 2000) â€“ Arnold Brinkman, of Quito, Ecuador, made a decision in May to try something different than all the other drivers in the quest to win USF2000 races. He would take delivery at Road America of the only American-made...
Grafton, WI (July 11, 2000) – Arnold Brinkman, of Quito, Ecuador, made a decision in May to try something different than all the other drivers in the quest to win USF2000 races. He would take delivery at Road America of the only American-made car competing for the USF2000 F2A Championship, the Y2K Carbir DS3. With the car having never turned a wheel, with no seat time in the car, never having been to Road America and working with a crew he had not met, he had his work cut out for him. Despite these challenges, he signed with the Carbir Motorsports USF2000 team and would use the pre-race test day to shake down the car and become acquainted with the new team and new chassis, as well as learn the 4-mile track.
The first day of practice Brinkman was an amazing 8th fastest of 44 cars. On Friday, qualifying for the first race of the double-header weekend saw him slip a couple spots to 11th, but still with high hopes. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed when shifter problems ended his Race 2 qualifying run after 2 laps. He would have to start Sunday’s race from 41st position.
Most of Saturday was spent waiting out a thunderstorm deluge, with the USF2000 race finally getting under way just before 7 pm. After the long wait, his day got even worse when an ignition failure ended his race after 2 laps.
Due to the continual threat of thunderstorms and Saturday’s shortened activities, Sunday’s race schedule was revised, eliminating the USF2000 warm-up completely, and moving the race up to an 8:00 am start. Brinkman had one last chance to prove he had made the right decision back in May, and it began at the back of 40 other extremely competitive and well-tested cars. Still hoping to salvage something from the weekend, he began working his way through the traffic and the raindrops. When the 12 laps ran out, he had moved the H2OLA Carbir up an incredible 33 spots to 8th place, and had recorded the third fastest race lap.
Having recorded his first top ten finish in the USF2000 Series, Brinkman and the Carbir team are looking forward to showing the world that this young driver from Ecuador in his American-made chassis can indeed beat the odds.
Named the Latin American Nacam FIA Champion in 1997, Brinkman has over 50 karting races to his credit and holds numerous Pro Karting International titles. He competed in selected USF2000 Series race in 1999 and early 2000. More recently, he completed a run in the 2000 Skip Barber Southern Series where he earned 10 podium finishes out of 14 races, never finishing out of the top five.