NA-F2000: Road Atlanta Asaro's season ends as fire destroys car

Indeck/Forsythe driver Billy Asaro is on his way home after his car was destroyed by fire yesterday during qualifying for this weekend's USF2000 races. The eighteen-year-old driver escaped unharmed. The fire occurred during the first of two ...

Indeck/Forsythe driver Billy Asaro is on his way home after his car was destroyed by fire yesterday during qualifying for this weekend's USF2000 races. The eighteen-year-old driver escaped unharmed.

The fire occurred during the first of two qualifying sessions held at the Atlanta Motorsport Center in Georgia. Billy was on his second lap, warming up the car and making sure there was a good gap to other cars on the circuit before beginning hot laps. Without warning, the engine exploded in flames. Billy quickly pulled off the track and leapt out of the car calling for safety workers to bring fire extinguishers. Receiving no help and seeing his car burning, he finally obtained an extinguisher and put out the fire himself. Unfortunately, the car was heavily damaged and, with no spare available, Billy will be unable to compete in the two races scheduled this weekend.

Atlanta is the final stop on this year's USF2000 tour and the fire brought an end to what has been a dismal season for the young Unionville, Ontario, resident. This year, having signed to join Forsythe Racing in an Indeck/Forsythe-sponsored car fielded by Primus Racing, Billy was expected to be one of the top contenders in the highly competitive USF2000 series, but the dream gradually turned into a nightmare. Just last weekend at Indianapolis, Billy was running fifth when an electrical problem shut down his engine and ended his race.

"It's just been one thing after another. I can't believe it!" said the bitterly disappointed driver. "All I can do now is put the season behind me and move on."

- www.billyasaro.com.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Billy Asaro