DANIEL MORAD SCORES ANOTHER PODIUM IN FORMULA BMW USA "A weekend filled with highs and lows" Markham, Ontario -- May 30, 2006 -- After claiming his first victory in the opening weekend of the Formula BMW USA Championship, Daniel Morad scored...
DANIEL MORAD SCORES ANOTHER PODIUM IN FORMULA BMW USA
"A weekend filled with highs and lows"
Markham, Ontario -- May 30, 2006 -- After claiming his first victory in the opening weekend of the Formula BMW USA Championship, Daniel Morad scored another podium result and improved his position in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings. The third place result came after a disappointing mechanical failure in Saturday's competition at Lime Rock Park this past weekend.
After severe weather cancelled the 30 minute qualifying session for round three, the starting grid was formed based on current point standings allowing Daniel to start from P1. After loosing two positions at the start, Daniel worked to take the lead back at lap 5 of the race and an impressive compellation of incredible laps, Morad began to draw away from the field opening a large gap to his nearest competitor before an incident brought out a caution. Tragedy was in the making for Morad as the race went back to green. A mechanical failure was slowly lowering the cars ride height in the left rear causing it to bottom out against the racing surface. With every passing lap the BMW's handling began to deteriorate causing Morad to spin off the track and eventually forcing him to retire from the race.
"It was a disappointing result from the start of a great weekend" explained Morad in a phone interview from the track. "But sometimes we have to face the fact that the parts will fail in racing. We will be back again on Monday. My team will be working most of Sunday to prep my car and I am confident that we will be fighting for the victory.'
With no on track activity on Sunday at Lime Rock Park, the traditional Sunday events were held on the Memorial Day Monday where Morad would start from inside row two. The youngster battled hard with the leaders all race long. Trying to gain as many championship points as possible however, the race was slowed down by the only full course yellow and that was how the race ended. Morad finished 3rd on the track. A post race technical infraction by another competitor elevated Morad to the second step on the podium.
The Formula BMW USA Championship now enjoys a three week hiatus before taking the track in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. Racing with the Formula One World Championship.