After just nineteen laps at Indianapolis Raceway Park last night, Billy Asaro pulled his Indeck/Forsythe car into the pits and out of the competition. Not even halfway through the fifty-lap race around the 5/8-mile oval, an electrical problem...
After just nineteen laps at Indianapolis Raceway Park last night, Billy Asaro pulled his Indeck/Forsythe car into the pits and out of the competition. Not even halfway through the fifty-lap race around the 5/8-mile oval, an electrical problem ended his run.
The failure was a disappointing end to what had been a promising but hectic day. With practice, qualifying and race all compressed into hours instead of the usual three-days, drivers and crews had been very busy.
Billy had been optimistic about the race, having been among the fastest competitors all day. He had qualified well to start the race from fifth position in a field of twenty-three cars.
"We're good for a podium finish," Billy said before the race. "I feel comfortable with the car. The set up is nice."
Billy's race got off to a bit of a rough start when he fell to seventh in the opening laps. Quickly finding his feet the eighteen-year-old Unionville, Ontario, resident began to look for a path forward. On lap six, he was running behind Ian Lacy who seemed to be fighting an ill-handling car. As the tightly-bunched field headed on to the back straight, Lacy's car began to slide and with no room to manoeuvre, Billy hit the skidding car. Lacy slid into the wall, while Billy continued with minor damage to his Indeck/Forsythe car.
The field ran under caution while Lacy's car was removed from the track. This gave Billy and his crew a chance to assess the damage while his car was moving at a slower speed. Billy reported that the car felt okay and the team advised that the damage shouldn't slow him too much.
The race restarted on lap eleven and Billy began to move up, soon reclaiming fifth. On lap eighteen, however, the motor started to go sour. Billy fell to fourteenth and was last the next time around. Hopes dashed, he pulled into the pits and dejectedly climbed out of his car.
"What can I say? I'm upset," commented Billy. "I was fired up, the team was fired up. Things looked good and we were all pretty excited before the race. Time to look forward to the next race now."
There are two races left on the USF2000 schedule this year. Next weekend, the series will hold a double-header at the Road Atlanta Motorsports Center in Georgia.
"It's been a tough year," Billy reflected, "and I really want to finish on a high note. Looks like I've got a week to do it!"