Elkhart Lake: Josh Beaulieu race notes

Beaulieu finishes 3rd in Elkhart Lake. ELKHART LAKE, WI -- Aug 18, 2002: Canadian racer Josh Beaulieu scored an impressive podium finish in the Barber Dodge Pro Series race held at Road America. The 16-lap event was round nine of ten in ...

Beaulieu finishes 3rd in Elkhart Lake.

ELKHART LAKE, WI -- Aug 18, 2002: Canadian racer Josh Beaulieu scored an impressive podium finish in the Barber Dodge Pro Series race held at Road America. The 16-lap event was round nine of ten in Beaulieu's rookie season in the series.

Starting in 5th, Beaulieu slipped by Rafael Sperafico at the start, before dropping back several positions in the early laps. Beaulieu's pace around the 4-mile circuit soon picked up, and he had moved back up to 4th by the full-course caution on lap 11. On the restart, Beaulieu passed fellow Canadian Dan Di Leo and began to put pressure on points leader A.J. Allmendinger. Allmendinger forced Beaulieu on the escape road in turn 5 with two laps to go, and the two held station until the chequered flag, finishing behind race winner Leonardo Maia.

"I'm definitely pleased to finish 3rd today, even though you are always looking to win," said Beaulieu afterward. "The battles that were going on were unbelievable close. We were running with a low-wing setup, and the track was quite slippery today so the opening laps were really dicey. The California Club Reynard-Dodge really started to work well at about lap 6, and I was able to make a number of passes. A.J. was driving incredibly aggressive and was difficult to pass, but I pushed as hard as I could all the way until the chequered flag.

"I am really looking forward to racing at the Molson Indy Montreal this coming weekend. We had a good run there last year in Canadian Formula Ford, so I have got the slight advantage of knowing the track quite well. I feel pretty confident of our chances to end the season on another high note."

The final round of the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series will be this weekend at le Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, with live timing for the qualifying and race at www.barberdodge.com. The race will also be televised live in Canada, on the RDS network. The next SpeedChannel broadcasts are Round #7 Vancouver (August 24), and Round #8 Mid-Ohio (August 31) across North America.

Josh Beaulieu, in only his second year of professional auto racing, has established himself among the next generation of Canada's racing stars. You can find out more about Josh's career by visiting his website www.joshbeaulieu.com.

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Series Barber Pro
Drivers Josh Beaulieu , Gilles Villeneuve , Leonardo Maia , A.J. Allmendinger , Rafael Sperafico
Teams HART