Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Josh Beaulieu had his first taste of a Toyota Atlantic Swift 014.a this week as he tested with Michael Shank Racing at Buttonwillow Raceway. Beaulieu, a resident of Langley, British Columbia, completed 130 miles...
Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Josh Beaulieu had his first taste of a Toyota Atlantic Swift 014.a this week as he tested with Michael Shank Racing at Buttonwillow Raceway. Beaulieu, a resident of Langley, British Columbia, completed 130 miles during his very first visit to the Buttonwillow circuit. Beaulieu posted a best lap time of 57.3 seconds, less than half a second from the official track record.
Team owner Michael Shank, who ran Barber Dodge Pro Series alumni Sepp Koster during the 2002 season, was excited about the test.
"I was really impressed with Josh today," said Shank.. "I knew he had shown a lot of speed last year in Barber Dodge, but what really opened my eyes was his approach and willingness to put in the kind of effort that it takes to completely understand these cars from the engineering standpoint. He worked extremely well with our engineers and responded with a real quick time on a day when there were more experienced drivers on the track with him. I would say that he easily surpassed all of our goals for him and showed his outright speed in a very short amount of time."
Josh Beaulieu, who had a podium finish at Road America this season, has been working hard to make the next step in his motorsports career. Beaulieu was happy with the test and is looking forward to getting more time in an Atlantic car next season.
" I am very pleased about the way the test went," said Beaulieu. "We were running on scrubbed tires all day, so I think there is plenty of room for improvement. The car was working quite well, and to be honest I found the grip in the braking zones unbelievable. I thought the team did a great job, and these guys really showed they are gearing for a run at the title next season. I don't yet know if the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is in the cards for me next season, but we are working very hard to put a deal together."
You can find out more about Josh's career by visiting his website www.joshbeaulieu.com.