NA-F2000: Podium finish for Asaro at IRP

Billy Asaro of Unionville, Ontario, took third place as the US Formula 2000 series stopped at Indianapolis for round six of the series. Competing at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), in a race that was postponed on Saturday night due to rain,...

Billy Asaro of Unionville, Ontario, took third place as the US Formula 2000 series stopped at Indianapolis for round six of the series. Competing at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), in a race that was postponed on Saturday night due to rain, then shortened by one-third, the nineteen-year-old sensation reinforced his grip on the championship with yet another fine performance.

Riding a streak of three wins, Billy arrived at Indianapolis pegged as the man to beat. Practice went without a hitch and he was comfortably showing among the top ten. Qualifying on Saturday saw the University of Toronto student set the seventh quickest time to grid his Key Motorsport / Bellville Rodair car on the inside of the fourth row for the start of the race.

Racing was supposed to include a 25-lap heat and a 75-lap final on Saturday night, but rain washed out activities on the 1.1 km (0.686 mile) oval and the contest was reset as a single 50-lap race on Sunday afternoon. Billy concentrated on avoiding trouble on the crowded track and it came early as pole-sitter Peter Gray crashed on lap two. Following a clean up, the race restarted on lap twelve and Billy began a careful advance. He moved from his seventh-place starting position to climb upon the podium. The well-executed run saw him receive the Taylor Engineering "Shark" Award for his gain of four positions.

The result also earned Asaro 22 points toward the USF2000 National and Oval Crown Championships, bolstering his lead in both rankings. His advantage in the National Championship has stretched to a massive 41 points as he holds a total of 139 while second-placed Arie Luyendyk Jr. has 98. In the four-race Oval Crown series within the National Championship, Billy leads with 78 points to second-placed Jeff Harrison's 59.

"It's another good result," he reflected after the race. "We didn't get a win today, but everyone on the team worked together and we got the Key Motorsport / Bellville Rodair car up to third and scored points."

The next event on the USF2000 calendar will take place at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course where two races will be held June 9-10.

-MJ

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