USA: Gelles Racing Laguna Seca preview

Gelles Racing ready to rumble at Laguna Front Royal, April 26, 2005. -- The 2005 Formula BMW USA championship will get underway this weekend in California with the first two rounds set at Laguna Seca alongside Grand-Am Rolex. First-year BMW...

Gelles Racing ready to rumble at Laguna

Front Royal, April 26, 2005. -- The 2005 Formula BMW USA championship will get underway this weekend in California with the first two rounds set at Laguna Seca alongside Grand-Am Rolex. First-year BMW team Gelles Racing will enter four young and talented drivers aiming for victories and the overall title. Testing days has proved very promising and the BMW officials consider two of them to be among the contenders. BMW USA scholar Justin Moon and Belgium Maxime Soulet have set standards at one point and only a few of the 21 drivers entered this season will be able to match their skills. Darin Marcus is yet another BMW USA driver that will bridge the gap when the red lights go out next Saturday. Finally, Ryan Campbell joined the team in Virginia and would be satisfied with Top Ten positions in his first professional race.

"I am very happy with our team and all the work we have done in the last months, admitted team owner Bob Gelles. Our crew loves to work with the FB2 cars and our BMW USA engineer and program manager Trygve Rangen really put our drivers to work. Test days were very useful because we lapped different tracks in all kind of weather. Now, let the season begin: our four drivers are ready with their engineers Rodolfo Perdomo, Cristian Kissling, Trygve Rangen and all the dedicated team crew that have worked so extremely hard to reach this point."

An International foursome

The four drivers of Gelles come from all walks of live and racing. BMW scholar Justin Moon hails out of California and calls Laguna Seca his home track after racing there a few times after his karting years. He will celebrate his 17th birthday this week and a win would be an appropriate gift! Maxime Soulet won two national championships in Belgium after his karting career and at 21 is the team veteran. Darin Marcus has joined the BMW USA E&C Program, just returning from Space Camp as one of the most physically fit drivers. Born in the USA, Darin has South African origins: count on him to be the dark horse this season. Finally, Canadian Ryan Campbell comes from Southern Alberta and missed the first test days. He is a quick learner that will soon catch up with the field.

A double header weekend

Gelles Racing will enter four cars in the Formula BMW USA 2005 Championship. The series has fourteen races comprised in seven racing weekend. The team is sponsored by Western Union, Care Centric, USA TODAY, Herbert & LeBleu and BMW of Sterling. Gelles Racing is the reigning 2004 Formula Renault Champion Team.

For more information, Bob Gelles may be contacted at (703) 926-2474 or by email bob@gellesracing.com.

-gellesracing.com

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Darin Marcus , Justin Moon , Maxime Soulet , Ryan Campbell