Home Sweet Home for Ruiz for FBMW Finale in Brazil Formula BMW Junior looks for edge in Rookie battle on home grounds 31 October 2008 -- With a full season of new tracks, new competitors, and the experience of spending the summer in the US ...
Home Sweet Home for Ruiz for FBMW Finale in Brazil
Formula BMW Junior looks for edge in Rookie battle on home grounds
31 October 2008 -- With a full season of new tracks, new competitors, and the experience of spending the summer in the US and living far from home, not to mention moving up from karts to racing cars, the 2008 Formula BMW Americas season has been an exciting year for young Brazilian racer Alexandre Ruiz.
But like dessert at dinner, what the former karting phenom has been waiting for all year long is now upon him, as he looks forward to racing at his home track for the final two rounds of Formula BMW Americas competition at Interlagos in Sao Paulo Brazil this weekend. The race weekend, for rounds 16 and 17 of the season, marks the second time that FBMW Americas has played on the same international stage as Formula 1, as the pinnacle of global motorsport also closes out the year this weekend at the 15-turn/ 4.3 kilometer Interlagos Circuit.
While racing in his native country is an experience that Ruiz has been looking forward to, the main thing on his mind will be the Rookie battle. Ruiz will have two races this weekend as he works to eliminate his six-point deficit in the competition, which will see nearly $80,000 in incentives in play for the top Rookie at the end of the year. His battle will be made all the more intense by the addition of several guest racers during the weekend, as the lure of a Formula 1 weekend has attracted talent from the global pool. But Ruiz knows that if he's able to extract the most from his Team Apex-HBR Machine, he should be well-placed by the time the checkered flag falls.
"For me, this is something I've been thinking about and looking forward to for so long, I'm very excited for this race weekend," said Ruiz. "I've learned a lot this year, racing on new tracks against new drivers and with a new team. It has been very good and getting on the podium was a highlight so far, but the best way to end the year will be to move up as far as possible in the overall championship, and to win the Rookie championship. I am very focused on the weekend and being at home has made me relaxed as well, so hopefully I can just close out this year as strong as possible."
Practice will be held at 8:50 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, followed by qualifying for Rounds 16 and 17 at 5:25 p.m. The driver's fastest time will set the grid for Round 16 and their second fastest time will lineup Round 17. The Round 16 race begins at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday and the Round 17 race is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
-credit: Sunday Group Management/Ruiz