A1 TEAM MALAYSIA DRIVER ALEX YOONG TURNS TOURIST IN LA A1 Grand Prix is a new race series which has burst into the global sports market with an intensive schedule of 11 race weekends during five months of winter. Alex Yoong, driver for Proton ...
A1 TEAM MALAYSIA DRIVER ALEX YOONG TURNS TOURIST IN LA
A1 Grand Prix is a new race series which has burst into the global sports market with an intensive schedule of 11 race weekends during five months of winter. Alex Yoong, driver for Proton sponsored A1 Team Malaysia, has been working behind the scenes and in front of the crowds throughout this period and he has undertaken a punishing schedule in the preparation for each event.
As the season draws to a close Yoong travelled from the last race in Mexico directly to the USA for the next event in Laguna Seca, stopping off in Los Angeles to spend well-earned time with his family on vacation.
Yoong has combined driving duties for A1 Team Malaysia with an ambassadorial role for the Malaysian round of A1 Grand Prix held at Sepang circuit in November last year. >From the start of the season at the end of September until the Malaysian race Yoong travelled from each race back to Malaysia, returning home to promote the home event and undertake commercial activities with event sponsors as well as maintaining a strict fitness programme. Inevitably his family has not seen Yoong for many days in the last few months.
The opportunity to snatch a few days rest was one that Yoong couldn't miss, and the only way to make sure he relaxed with his wife, Arianna and three-year-old son, Alastair, was to bring them with him. Los Angeles is the perfect location for his family needs, providing plenty of attractions for his young son with Disneyland on the doorstep.
Yoong says, "Since the summer of last year when the plans to enter A1 Grand Prix came to fruition I haven't had much chance for a break. Every time I've finished a race and gone home to Malaysia there have been more duties, which I've really enjoyed but have taken a toll on my family. This week I've managed to sneak a few days off and turn tourist, visiting the sights of Los Angeles and spending time with my son and wife. It's been a welcome rest, but I'm still in training for the last two races, and as always, looking forward to getting back in the A1 car for another weekend of really tough, exciting racing."
Yoong will join the rest of A1 Team Malaysia team in Laguna Seca for the penultimate round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series which takes place from 10 -- 12 March. The season finale will be in Shanghai, China, from 30 March -- 2 April.
A1 Team Malaysia lies seventh in the overall points standings and scored their first podium in Indonesia last month.