Pecorari and Fleming, 6th and 9th in Atlantic Gelles Racing drivers show consistency in Denver Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 2006. -- With both ladder series racing this weekend at the Grand Prix of Denver, Gelles Racing sent eight drivers...
Pecorari and Fleming, 6th and 9th in Atlantic
Gelles Racing drivers show consistency in Denver
Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 2006. -- With both ladder series racing this weekend at the Grand Prix of Denver, Gelles Racing sent eight drivers to the track and collected seven Top 10 finishes. Champ Car Atlantic racers Robbie Pecorari and Colin Fleming finished a race shortened by four laps in sixth and ninth place. Meanwhile, Californian John Zartarian led the Formula BMW USA forces with another podium finish on Saturday and a strong seventh place on Sunday. Colombian Sebastian Saavedra was also successful with a seventh and fifth in the double header, staying within five points of the lead in Best Rookie standings.
"These series are so competitive, alleged team owner Bob Gelles, that any finish in the Top-10 is satisfying especially with several Gelles drivers accomplishing the task. Robbie and Colin continued their admirable work with the team: Robbie earned eighth fastest time in qualifying while Colin was a bit too aggressive in corner 4 in the early stages of Saturday qualifying session and had to start from a distant 16th place. Robbie jumped into 6th position and held his place to the stripe while Colin charged the field and reeled in seven places. He admits he could have reached seventh behind Robbie if the race had gone the distance."
"In the BMW USA series, he adds, John and Sebastian have been our leaders most of the season. On Saturday, John ran a perfect race to visit the podium for the second time this year. Sebastian held his promise to get back to the top of the charts and his weekend performances forecast a charge for the Best Rookie award in the last double header in Canada."
Pelletier's best qualifying
BMW USA scholar Maxime Pelletier realized his best qualifying time of the season as he clinched a second row berth for Sunday's race. Fourth in the rookie standings, Pelletier was not able to materialize his front start, lost positions and was unfortunately penalized for blocking, ending up in a disappointing 16th place. Vancouver resident Adrian Herberts was up and down this weekend, starting 7th Saturday and finishing a distant 20th. Sunday was a better day: he took to the track in 13th place and was the 7th Gelles driver to earn a Top 10 finish.
Both series heading North to Canada
Crews will regroup in Indianapolis and Front Royal before they hit the road again to Canada for the next round of the Champ Car Atlantic series as part of the Grand Prix de Montreal on Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack. The BMW boys will sit another week before they set out on Labor Day weekend to Toronto area Mosport facility in Ontario for the last season double header, part of the ALMS program.