Laguna Seca: Daniel Morad preview

Daniel Morad heads west again for next Formula Atlantic race Race two at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend May 12, 2008 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Round two of the Cooper Tire Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda takes place...

Daniel Morad heads west again for next Formula Atlantic race
Race two at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend

May 12, 2008 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Round two of the Cooper Tire Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda takes place this coming weekend and eighteen year-old Daniel Morad is looking to to improve on his sixth-place finish at the season opener in Long Beach last month.

One of only a few drivers to make up positions on the very tight streets of Long Beach, Daniel is looking forward to having a bit more breathing room for the Metro Directories #70 Eurointernational Swift 016.a this weekend.

"The big thing about Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway is that there is more runoff room" Daniel said. "The walls are further away from the track, but Laguna Seca is still not an easy track to pass on." It's a very high speed circuit and the cars have a lot of down force which makes overtaking very difficult." He continued, "Track position is important so we hope for a good qualifying run to get out front. Traffic will also come into play and the trick will be making clean passes."

A newcomer to the series, Daniel is also the youngest driver in the field. He currently sits second in the rookie standings.

Although it has been nearly a month since the first race at Long Beach, Daniel kept busy performing duties with A1 Team Canada attending the final race at Brands Hatch, England two weeks ago. He has also been working with young kart racers preparing for the racing season at home in Ontario and doing some fitness training.

"We are looking forward to getting back in the car to race" Daniel commented. "A good result will help in the standings and give us momentum going into the next race at Mt. Tremblant in June. The season starts to heat up through July and August with two double-header races and it would be good to have some points in hand."

The Cooper Tire Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda at Mazda Laguna Raceway gets underway this Friday (16th) with practice and the first round of qualifying. A second round of qualifying goes on Saturday afternoon with the 60-minute race taking place on Sunday at 13:00 PT (16:00 ET).

-credit: www.danielmorad.com

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Series Atlantic
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