USA: Matt Jaskol 2004 season review

Red Bull's Matt Jaskol looks back at his Formula BMW Season American Matt Jaskol, 19, the only one of three Americans chosen for the 2004 Red Bull Drivers Search to stay and race in North America, closed his Formula BMW USA Season a few weeks...

Red Bull's Matt Jaskol looks back at his Formula BMW Season

American Matt Jaskol, 19, the only one of three Americans chosen for the 2004 Red Bull Drivers Search to stay and race in North America, closed his Formula BMW USA Season a few weeks ago, in Laguna Seca, CA. He came away from a dominating weekend with a pole, a track record and a win - by 9 seconds, the largest win margin in the series. In the F-BMW USA Championship alone, he counted 3 wins, 4 poles, and quite a few fastest laps.

According to Matt, "This inaugural season of the F-BMW North America Series has been incredibly competitive, and has raised the bar in terms of development series in the USA. BMW deserves a lot of credit for putting this together, they placed us (drivers) in front of the F1 teams twice, and even more times in front of the Champ Car teams, it has been great. It was a big honor for me to win in Indianapolis as an American, the same day as the Formula 1 US Grand Prix, and then kiss the bricks...definitely one of the highlights of my career and life", said Jaskol, who was chosen by Red Bull at the end of last year, and has been amazed by their support: "Driving for Red Bull this season has been a steep learning curve for me, but it has been made easier by the incredible resources I had access to at Red Bull Europe, and by the exchange with the Red Bull drivers there, as well as by the support in the US of people like Danny Sulivan and the rest of the Red Bull crew, and all their athletes here. I have grown professionally a great deal with them" completed the driver.

"As for my season, I think we have done greatly with what we had in hand, it wasn't a perfect season but it rarely is in motorsports. We were on the podium 10 out of 14 races, we just went through a string of bad luck midway in the championship which brought us three DNF's and hindered our chances in the points...but it has all passed now. We had a couple of wins, poles, and fastest laps, so we showed our potential".

For next year, Jaskol has not set on any series yet. "First of all I will wait for guidance from Red Bull on and if they have any plans for me, before deciding anything. They have been a huge support this year, and I wish I gave them even better results, but as we say that's racing, and they are aware of all situations I encountered this season, a lot can be said for what I have learned this year on many levels. Overall, I think it has been a good season, in great part thanks to them".

In addition to Matt's victories and poles in F-BMW this season, he also won his first ever street race, in Toronto, Canada, driving a Formula Renault 2000 car for the first time. He keeps in shape with a strict physical workout schedule and jumping in his go-karts every chance he gets in his home town of Las Vegas.

-ava sports-

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