SBRS: Ashley Freiberg news 2010-10-07

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FREIBERG SEEKS 2ND 2010 BARBER TITLE THIS WEEKEND AT LIME ROCK PARK Teenager Already Won Southern Title, Now Looks For Summer Series Crown LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 7, 2010) -- Ashley Freiberg, the promising 18-year-old racer from Homer...

FREIBERG SEEKS 2ND 2010 BARBER TITLE THIS WEEKEND AT LIME ROCK PARK
Teenager Already Won Southern Title, Now Looks For Summer Series Crown

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 7, 2010) -- Ashley Freiberg, the promising 18-year-old racer from Homer Glen, Ill., will wrap up her 2010 racing season this weekend at Lime Rock Park.

And she hopes to finish it off in grand style.

By finishing the two main events set for this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 8-9) on the 1.54-mile road circuit in northwest Connecticut, Freiberg will score her second Skip Barber Series championship in 2010. It's a great feat for the aspiring teenage driver.

"Winning two titles in the same season is a first for me," said Freiberg, who has totaled 20 feature wins this year while driving for sponsor Akzo Nobel. "I have raced a lot in karting and now in open-wheel cars and this year has been a great one for me."

In addition to the two formula car races at Lime Rock this weekend, Freiberg also will compete in the MX5 Series events featuring Mazda sedans.

"My brother, Brian, has been competing in the MX5 Series this year and it looked fun to me," admitted Freiberg, who raced last weekend at Road Atlanta in the BFGoodrich/Barber National Series finale. "So I have really enjoyed racing the sedans. They are so much different than the open-wheel cars. I would like to score a few more wins before the season wraps up."

At Road Atlanta, Freiberg took another podium finish in the 14-lap feature on Friday in the Barber National Series final event. She led two laps in the race before settling for third at the checkered flag.

"I thought I had run to get the win at Road Atlanta but the lead driver checked up a bit on the last lap," said Freiberg. "So I couldn't get the proper speed towards the finish. But taking third at Road Atlanta wasn't a bad finish."

Freiberg has recorded several firsts for the Skip Barber racing program by becoming the first woman to win a series championship (Southern Region) and the first woman to win a Barber National Series race (New Jersey Motorsports Park). If Ashley clinches the Summer Series title at Lime Rock, she will be one of the few drivers to win two Barber series in the same season.

"Winning two race series and 20 main events in the same year is much more than I expected in 2010," said Freiberg. "I hope this season leads me to the next level in my racing career. I am very serious in my quest to move towards the top class of IndyCar racing."

Another weekend of victories will give Freiberg an outstanding 2010 season and lead her towards her ultimate goal.

-source: sf PR/tb

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