USA: Atlantic Racing Team standings update 2004-08-20

The Atlantic Racing team and Kyle Herder jump up two Championship positions in Denver Halifax, August 20, 2004 -- Driver Kyle Herder, of the Atlantic Racing Team, used races 11 and 12 of the Formula BMW USA Championship in Denver last weekend to...

The Atlantic Racing team and Kyle Herder jump up two Championship positions in Denver

Halifax, August 20, 2004 -- Driver Kyle Herder, of the Atlantic Racing Team, used races 11 and 12 of the Formula BMW USA Championship in Denver last weekend to rise two spots to the 10th position in the general standings. He scored 9th and 8th positions, gaining precious Championship point before the last two rounds in Laguna Seca.

Kyle qualified on the 8th spot for both races on the slick Denver temporary circuit. However, that meant starting from the dirty side of the track for the race and negating him one of his greatest assets, his lightning fast start. "Unfortunately, we couldn't capitalize on our result and try to advance on the grid at the start from that side of the track, recounts Herder. I was really fighting to regain some grip, any grip, not to lose the train of cars in front of me on the start. I've spent most of the race gaining back the two or three positions I lost on the start."

The ART mechanics got to the track early Tuesday and started to work under team engineer Lucas Strackerjan's supervision right away to try to gain an advantage. "In Formula BMW this year, every track we visit is new, and with a temporary circuit such as Denver, you really need to move with caution on set-up because the walls are close and don't forgive, comments Lucas. Our job is to give a stable car to Kyle so he can attack corners with confidence. However, starting on the dirty side of the track, most of the grip we gave him went away and he had to fight hard just to stay in his qualifying spot. Considering the hand he was given, Kyle drove two solid races to get some Championship points."

Team Principal Ingo Strackerjan also praised Kyle's aggressive driving which resulted in a gain of two Championship position for the season. "Both times the same start - outside row and nowhere to go - loosing two places in turn One, fighting his way up to his original 8th place but by then the train had left. He posted a race time of 3/10 of a second to the best time of the weekend - so all in all we were satisfied even though a podium place would have been a "spiritual" uplifting for the team and driver! Still, we have to thank the city of Denver and all the race fans for a great weekend."

The team is now preparing for the last two rounds of the Formula BMW Championship. Ingo wishes he could help other drivers show what they are made of, since he has two buckets available for that event. "There are so many opportunities for talented drivers right now. We tried more than one, and Formula BMW is in my mind one of the best organized and focused on finding the most talented drivers! We have the capacity to field two more cars competitively for the right drivers. We have a great technical group, and we've shown several time we're there to compete."

Additional details are available by visiting www.atlanticracingteam.com.

Atlantic Racing Team is a year-round professional motorsports organization with its race shop located in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada).

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Kyle Herder , Lucas Strackerjan