Returning to his home in Kissimmee, Florida, Jonathan Summerton was full of praise for Team USA members. "The team came through with flying colors. Working in that heat is no fun but they all performed great. The crowds in Mexico really make the...
Returning to his home in Kissimmee, Florida, Jonathan Summerton was full of praise for Team USA members. "The team came through with flying colors. Working in that heat is no fun but they all performed great. The crowds in Mexico really make the racing and the circuit Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a challenging, fun track".
"In qualifying I had a good set up and for the Sprint qualifying 3rd was great. We had an excellent run and were fast all weekend. Qualifying for the Feature race was going well until I hit a dirty section of the track caused by another car going off that put us back to 7th."
"The Sprint race start was a shambles. The lead car went and then backed off. This caused a chain reaction and I could see the pile up in my mirrors as Team GBR hit me. It was unfortunate the race was red flagged as I was in a great position on the first corner. In the restart I had a good start but got boxed behind South Africa and couldn't get out. There just wasn't anywhere to go. I was stuck in the middle not being able to move out of my line, but we did manage to finish 5th."
"For the Feature race the lights failed so we had to start with a green flag. Starting from 7th I lost a place but worked my way up to 6th by the first pit stop. Then I began chasing down Germany's Micheal Ammermuller passing for fifth in turn 1, then on to Canada's Robert Wickens. Everyone was pushing and jockeying to gain places. On the last lap Great Britain's Oliver Jarvis and I had some great dueling making an exciting race and Team USA managed to get our first, well earned podium of the season."
"It was good, clean, hard racing and I was happy to be third."
"This was a fabulous day for TEAM USA," Summerton said. "It was a great feeling to represent America on the podium again and to accomplish our goal of two top-five finishes in the same round. The 'We the People' car was very strong and we had two solid pit stops."
It was the first podium for A1 TEAM USA since Summerton finished second in the Feature at Mexico City last year.
"We're very happy and proud of what A1 TEAM USA has accomplished this weekend," A1 TEAM USA Holdings owner Rick Weidinger said. "We were in the top-seven in practice, qualifying and the races. That's the kind of consistency that wins races. It's wonderful to stand on the podium representing the USA. Our goal each and every race this season has been to be in the top-five. We accomplished that in spades today. We need to focus on China and London now and push ourselves into the top-ten in the season championship." Next Race Shanghaii 11th -13th April 2008