Hunt to Make Oval Debut this Weekend Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt will make his debut on the famous Milwaukee Mile Oval circuit this weekend as the Toyota Atlantic Championship heads to the historic American venue for its first oval outing for...
Hunt to Make Oval Debut this Weekend
Gold Coast driver Josh Hunt will make his debut on the famous Milwaukee Mile Oval circuit this weekend as the Toyota Atlantic Championship heads to the historic American venue for its first oval outing for the year.
Throughout the opening two rounds of the Championship Hunt has been impressive aboard his Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry recording a pair of top 10 finishes.
"At the last round in Monterrey we really got a handle on the race set up and I was feeling right at home in the car, everything started to click with my driving, my engineer and the team as a whole" said Hunt.
"I can't wait to get back in the car and continue to build on the momentum that we have developed over the opening two rounds. Right now it doesn't bother me if I have to drive on a track that turns, left, right, upside down or anything else I can't wait to get back in the car and race."
Despite not testing on the circuit prior to this weekend's event, Hunt attended a test day with Champ Car team PKV Racing last month allowing him to get a close up look at the one-mile oval, which is the oldest racetrack in North America.
"While I haven't tested or raced at the circuit, just on a month ago I came to Milwaukee with PKV Racing when they tested the Champ Car here. It was very enlightening and I took in as much knowledge as possible," said Hunt.
"Although I haven't gone around the track at speed I learnt so much from simply being there to observe at the PKV test day and getting tips from Jimmy Vasser and the engineers of the team.
"There is no doubt about it racing on an oval is going to be different but I think a lot of guys over here get "pschyed out" about racing on an oval for the first time.
"The way I look at it is that there are only two corners to remember and if you screw one up there is only 10 seconds and your back there."
Run in conjunction with the opening round of the Champ Car World Series, this is the 31st year of competition for the Toyota Atlantic Championship and is regarded as the premier training ground for the future stars of the sport.
Hunt is the first Australian to compete in the Toyota Atlantic Series since fellow Queenslander David Besnard in 1999 and has received major support from Wright Patton Shakespeare Financial Group, which is owned by Gold Coast Business man Craig Gore and Champ Car World Series Co-Owner and Aussie Kevin Kalkhoven.
A successful year in the Toyota Atlantic Championship will see Hunt make his Champ Car debut in the Lexmark Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast on October 21-24.
The Toyota Atlantic race at the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 in Milwaukee is the third of 12 rounds in the Championship. All 12 scheduled races this year will be run in conjunction with Champ Car World Series events on tracks that include road courses and ovals, as well as street and airport circuits with eight rounds in America, one in Mexico and three in Canada.
Practice for the third round of the Toyota Atlantic Championship around the 1.032mile (1.65 km) Milwaukee Oval circuit begins on Thursday June 3 at 3:30pm. The qualifying session will be held late Friday afternoon at 6:15pm with the 100-lap race on Saturday at 5:15pm (8:15 am Sunday June 6 Aust EST).