Red Bull Team Forsythe Third and Fourth in Long Beach Atlantic Race LONG BEACH, California -- Sunday 15 April 2007 -- Continuing the momentum gathered at the season opening Vegas Grand Prix when 18 year-old Red Bull Junior Team driver Robert ...
Red Bull Team Forsythe Third and Fourth in Long Beach Atlantic Race
LONG BEACH, California -- Sunday 15 April 2007 -- Continuing the momentum gathered at the season opening Vegas Grand Prix when 18 year-old Red Bull Junior Team driver Robert Wickens started on pole and finished a close second, the Toronto high-school student roared from seventh on the grid to third place by the first turn today on the downtown streets of historic Long Beach. Despite a strong challenge from his 16 year-old teammate John Edwards of Little Rock, Arkansas, Wickens held on to snare his second consecutive podium finish and consolidate his second place position in the point standings.
Edwards rebounded from a crash in Las Vegas while running seventh to score a fourth place finish in Long Beach just behind his teammate. Despite race-long pressure from more experienced drivers behind, the youngest driver in Atlantic history stayed cool and moved into the top ten of the point standings in a 30-driver field deep with some of the most talented drivers in the world.
Robert Wickens #3 Red Bull / INDECK
"I knew that I needed to be aggressive starting seventh. I figured this track is very hard to pass on, so why not take advantage when everyone is bunched up? I was able to come out of the second corner in third spot and defend my position. It was pretty consistent. If I made a little bit of a mistake, John (Edwards) would catch me and I basically had the same pace the whole time. It was very good knowing I had a teammate behind me, so I knew he wouldn't try anything crazy and I could just focus and try to catch the leaders. Being second in the points after two races is where I was hoping to be. It's a dream come true. Just to be leading in Vegas in my first race and to reach the podium and to come back, starting seventh, making my way up to third here; it's just unbelievable. I hope that we can keep the momentum going. I already have a second and third so there's just one more to place to get to on the podium!"
John Edwards #7 Red Bull / INDECK
"I got a pretty good start but Robby just zoomed by past everyone! It was nice to be on his gearbox for the whole race; I knew if I got an opportunity to pass he wouldn't do anything crazy but he was consistent and all I could do was stay close. (Franck) Perera was giving me trouble early in the race but as time went on the Red Bull car just seemed to keep working better and better. The Cooper tires were really good and I did my fastest laps near the end. After having kind of a bad weekend in Las Vegas I'm happy to get a good finish and start heading in the right direction. Now it's on to Houston and another street circuit; by the time we get done there I may have this street racing thing figured out!"
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