BMW: Pelletier best rookie in Montreal Pecorari clinches a season high fourth in Cleveland Montreal, June 26th, 2006. -- Gelles Racing Champ Car Atlantic driver Robbie Pecorari had his best race in 2006 as he took the ...
BMW: Pelletier best rookie in Montreal
Pecorari clinches a season high fourth in Cleveland
Montreal, June 26th, 2006. -- Gelles Racing Champ Car Atlantic driver Robbie Pecorari had his best race in 2006 as he took the #28 Western Union car to a fourth place in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship of Cleveland on Sunday and our second Top-5 of the Season. Starting from 5th row, the 19-year old Pennsylvanian dropped a few places at the start but went straight to work and kept reeled in the positions until he overtook fourth place three laps from the checkered flag. Saturday, Pecorari started the first race inside second row and was running in third when he contacted the infamous Turn 8 wall on lap 10. Meanwhile, in Montreal, Maxime Pelletier hard charged the pack overtaking an incredible 15 positions to finish as the highest placed Rookie: the Gelles Racing 15-year old French Canadian now stands at the Top of the Formula BMW USA Rookie standings.
"We always believed Robbie would finally come out on top, declared team owner Bob Gelles. He had a very well set up and prepared car all weekend posting among the fastest laps in all sessions. This fourth place is a just reward for all the hard work Robbie and his crew devoted in the last weeks. His third place in the first qualifying session and his fourth in the second race demonstrate clearly Gelles can hold our ground in that very competitive league. I believe we will have even more success in the rounds to come. In Montreal, we had our share of setbacks this weekend, but Maxime Pelletier positioned our BMW Team into first place in the Rookie standings with his BMW of Sterling FB02 car. Our other drivers suffered from on track contacts and damaged their cars in either round.''
Campbell and Zartarian leading the crew
In the first round Ryan Campbell and John Zartarian finished respectively in seventh and ninth place but both were taken out in a restart on Sunday positioned for much better finishes. Adrian Herberts was punted off course in the first round and ended the second race in 12th spot.
Indianapolis and Toronto next
The BMW crews will travel this week to the Gelles Atlantic shop in Indianapolis and look after all the cars before they setup base camp at their second Formula One venue for the US Grand Prix fourth double header of the season. For the Atlantic crew, they will also prepare the cars before the first round in Canada, the Grand Prix of Toronto.