Philippe Wins His Third of the Season at Indy Indianapolis, Ind. - June 19, 2005-- Formula BMW USA Junior driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) won Round 8 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Series today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In ...
Philippe Wins His Third of the Season at Indy
Indianapolis, Ind. - June 19, 2005-- Formula BMW USA Junior driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) won Round 8 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Series today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In taking his third win of the season, the 15-year old Frenchman, who makes Key Biscayne, Florida his home, passed polesitter Jonathan Summerton (Walker Racing) before the first turn, finishing 4.2 seconds ahead of Tobias Hegewald (Atlantic Racing Team) in the 13-lap contest. Overall points leader Kevin Lacroix (AIM Autosport) finished third.
Following post-race technical inspection second-place finisher Hegewald was excluded from the results moving Lacroix to second and Wickens to third. Fourth- place finisher Robbie Pecorari (Walker Racing) was also excluded moving the balance of the field up one position.
Lacroix continues to hold the Overall points lead with 87 points over Philippe and Wickens, who are tied at 84. Wickens holds the Rookie points lead with 97 over Lacroix (90) second and Philippe (89) third.
Today's race began without incident. Philippe was solidly in the lead before Turn 1, leaving the race to round out the podium a battle between Lacroix and Hegewald. Hegewald finally passed Lacroix on lap 12. Summerton spun on the second lap and dropped to 19th. He finished the race in 12th place. Maxime Soulet (Gelles Racing), who started 23rd, had a fine drive to finish seventh and remain fourth in Overall points. Reed Stevens (HBR Motorsport Team USA) also recorded a top-five finish (fifth) after starting 15th. Tom Sutherland (HBR Motorsport Team USA) and Adrien Herberts (Atlantic Racing Team) had their best results of the season in front of the United States Grand Prix crowd, finishing fourth and seventh respectively. Yesterday's winner James Davison was credited with the fastest lap of the race (1:37.162, L7).
As they did in Round 7, Rookie drivers continued to pace the field in Round 8, finishing 1-2-3, with Philippe (P1), Lacroix (P2) and Wickens (P3).
BMW Motorsport Director Dr. Mario Theissen said, "This race has been the highlight of this Formula BMW USA season. Racing on this famous track in front of the Formula One crowd must be a dream come true for these young drivers. Once again, we saw a thrilling race. A few drivers got experience dealing with setbacks and this is an important part of their learning process in becoming a professional race driver."
Philippe said, "I had another excellent start and was into the lead before the first turn. I could see Jonathan and Kevin fighting so I concentrating on putting together some quick laps to make a gap. We've had a few disappointing finishes this year so it is good to have another win."
Lacoix said, "I raced in the top-three all day so I am pleased with my effort. The points battle is becoming tighter so I am glad to still be on top. I will hope for even better results in the next Rounds."
Rounds 9 & 10 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Series will be held at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on July 29 - 31.