NA: Alexandre Ruiz Montreal preview

Ruiz Looks Ahead to Canadian F1 Weekend Second in Rookie standings, third in championship after opening two rounds (Montreal, Canada) 5 June 2008--After a solid debut in Formula BMW Americas competition at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last month,...

Ruiz Looks Ahead to Canadian F1 Weekend
Second in Rookie standings, third in championship after opening two rounds

(Montreal, Canada) 5 June 2008--After a solid debut in Formula BMW Americas competition at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last month, Apex-HBR Racing driver Alexandre Ruiz will add another of North America's most prominent race tracks to his racing resume this weekend as the Series visits the 2.71-mile, 13-turn Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for rounds three and four of the 2008 championship.

Ruiz enters the weekend third in the overall points standings and second in the Formula BMW Americas Rookie standings after earning 18 points with his double top-fives at Laguna Seca as the young Brazilian looks to make an impression and work his way up the motorsports ladder.

The Montreal event will see Ruiz racing in front of significant crowds as Formula BMW Americas supports the only North American round of racing for the pinnacle of motorsport. Participating in such a large event is a fantastic opportunity to shine in front of some of the most relevant personalities in the motorsports world. But it also puts a premium on track time as Ruiz will need to learn every nuance he can find as quickly as possible to be up to speed on the island-based circuit.

The international event has attracted several additional entries as Europe-based drivers look to make a big impression by joining the Formula BMW weekend in Montreal. Many will be closely following the progress of Toro Rosso racer Sebastien Vettel, the first modern Formula BMW racer to make it to Formula One, making his debut with the works BMW/Sauber team in the 2007 USGP.

"It is very exciting to be racing as part of the Formula One weekend," said Ruiz, who has followed the sport for as long as he can remember. "Even though I have raced on the track with video games I have not been there before so I will have to learn a lot very quickly because the weekend is very fast. But I learned Laguna Seca with no problem so I am confident I can do that again in Montreal. I am excited about the extra competition we have this weekend and I can not wait to race for such a big crowd. Hopefully I can make a good impression!"

Friday will start with a 30-minute practice at 8:45 a.m. with a single 30-minute qualifying session at 12:00 p.m. setting the field for both races. The Round 3 race is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. Saturday and Round 4 is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. start on Sunday.

-credit: sgm/Ruiz

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Alexandre Ruiz
Teams Sauber , Toro Rosso