MEETING IN MILWAUKEE PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA (June 1, 1999) - "I am on the verge of a podium finish and I am ready for Milwaukee," said Nicolas Rondet, as World Speed Motorsports wrapped things up at Gateway International Raceway in...
MEETING IN MILWAUKEE
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA (June 1, 1999) - "I am on the verge of a podium finish and I am ready for Milwaukee," said Nicolas Rondet, as World Speed Motorsports wrapped things up at Gateway International Raceway in Illinois and hit the road for the Milwaukee Mile. Rondet, who drives the #14 World Speed Motorsports/Red Line Oil, Martini Sunglasses Swift 008.a, finished fifth at Gateway and is ready to round another oval to move closer to a podium finish. The 60-mile/60-lap race will take place Saturday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m., part of the Miller Lite 225 CART FedEx Championship weekend.
"After Gateway we now have another oval down and we learned some more lessons. We have a little more experience now. It's a good thing. We are ready for Milwaukee," said Team Owner, Chuck West. Nicolas has made a strong impression beginning his first full Atlantic season, "Nicolas certainly has surprised a lot of people and proved that he's more than capable of running up front," said West, "he clearly brings the experience and expertise to put us in the position to challenge for the championship." Despite competing on a limited budget, Rondet and World Speed ran as high as second and set the fastest lap at the season opener in Long Beach.
Rondet, who was born in Melle, France, and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, brings an international flavor to this year's Atlantic series. His racing roots began nearly ten years ago on the Brazilian karting circuit. As his natural driving ability and some luck would have it, he progressed to the highly acclaimed European Formula 3 series, where he won four out of five races en route to the 1993 series championship. He then contested the British Formula Ford series before taking the French Citroen Cup championship in 1994.
1995 brought Rondet to the United States where he finished 5th overall in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge 2-liter series, despite only running in ten out of 20 scheduled races. He captured the series championship in 1996, as well as the Skip Barber Big Scholarship Shoot-out, then advanced to the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 1997, finishing 5th overall with three podiums and one pole en route to the rookie title. A limited Barber Dodge schedule in 1998 resulted in 7th overall with three podiums and one pole. Currently, Rondet is in 10th place for point standings in the Toyota-Atlantic series, and third for rookie-of-the-year title.
A leading force in the Kool/Toyota Atlantic series, World Speed Motorsports maintains two overall Atlantic qualifying records (Homestead Motorsports Complex and Road America) set in 1997 with team owner West behind the wheel. The race will be televised Saturday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. EST on espn2, with repeat broadcasts on Tuesday, June 15 at 5:00 a.m. and Thursday, June 17 at 4:00 a.m. To catch World Speed live on track, head down to the Milwaukee Mile Saturday, June 5.