Junior BMW scholar Pelletier starts open wheel career Montreal, May 17th, 2006. -- Maxime Pelletier has been waiting for the moment for months and he will finally debut his open wheel career with a double header in Mid-Ohio this weekend in...
Junior BMW scholar Pelletier starts open wheel career
Montreal, May 17th, 2006. -- Maxime Pelletier has been waiting for the moment for months and he will finally debut his open wheel career with a double header in Mid-Ohio this weekend in the international ladder series that has become the Formula BMW USA championship. After extensive testing last winter and the official pre-season testing, the 15-year old from Longueuil, Quebec is ready to tackle heavy competition from the 25-plus car grid that enters this series for its third year in North America. He will steer the Gelles Racing Western Union #3 car. The BMW Junior scholar will also benefit from the presence of engineer- mechanic Marco Tischer who prepared World champion Marco Holzer's FB02 machine last year in Europe and veteran driver coach Claude Bourbonnais.
''The learning curve has been unbelievable since I left karting last fall, argues Pelletier. First I got a scholarship from the series in Spain where we had the BMW training camp. Then I joined Gelles Racing and our test days have been very successful all winter and in the pre-season testing sessions. I worked hard with my teammates and the racing staff and we proved we would be the team to beat.
Now I learn that mister Claude Bourbonnais will be available to develop my driving skills over the season and that Marco Tischer will join Gelles to prepare my car. He is recognized as one of the best in the series in the last years and was crew chief for (Marco) Holzer in Bahrain. I don't want to pressure myself but I feel we will have the tools to succeed.