Ashley Freiberg Returns To The Track This Weekend; High School Senior Set To Improve Her Racing Craft
17-year old Blonde Continues Open-Wheel Aspirations In Skip Barber Series
KERSHAW, S.C. (Oct. 23, 2009) -- Young racer Ashley Freiberg enjoyed her first full season in an open-wheel machine this year. But the 17-year-old high school senior isn't about the wait out the winter off the track.
This weekend, Freiberg (pronounced Fry-Berg) continues her learning curve on the race circuit by competing in the Skip Barber Southern Regional Series at Carolina Motorsports Park, a road racing facility one hour south of Charlotte.
"I really had a great time racing in the Skip Barber BFGoodrich National Series for the first time," said Freiberg, who mixes high school classes at Lockport High in Homer Glen, Ill., with her racing career. "But I still feel the adrenalin of learning more about the cars and the competition. So I will continue to race in the winter. The Southern Regional series should continue my progression with the open-wheel cars."
In 2009, Freiberg finished sixth in the final Barber National point standings, only three points from the top five. A disappointing eighth in the season finale hurt her chances of reaching her goal in 2009.
"My goal was to finish in the top five in the Barber National Series," she explains. "I was close, but that last race at Lime Rock had a lot of different racing conditions. My car was set up for the rain, and the track dried out in the last race. So the car just didn't handle as I would have liked. But I learned from that race, too."
And Freiberg hopes to gain additional experience with her competition in the Southern Region races during the winter.
"I feel I can learn more with each race," she said. "I was successful in karting, and I need to continue that path by racing as much as possible. Track time is the key to me right now. Nothing can help a young driver like getting on the track and racing. That is why I want to compete throughout the winter, too."
Freiberg will race in two features this weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park, a 14-turn, 2.279-mile layout, for the opening events on the Barber Southern Regional Series. Her next races will be Nov. 13-14 at Road Atlanta to wrap up the 2009 racing season.
The final eight Southern Regional races for the Skip Barber series will be contested in the beginning of 2010.