Winning is the way in San Jose for Pelletier Montreal, July 25, 2007. -- Maxime Pelletier will take to the track again this weekend for the 5th double header of the season in the Formula BMW USA ladder series, steering the FB02 ...
Winning is the way in San Jose for Pelletier
Montreal, July 25, 2007. -- Maxime Pelletier will take to the track again this weekend for the 5th double header of the season in the Formula BMW USA ladder series, steering the FB02 #10 HBR Motorsports single seater on the temporary circuit of the San Jose Grand Prix in California. On a roll since he switched teams after the first program earlier in Utah, the 16-year old driver who hails out of Montreal, Canada has jumped from 18th to 4th in the standings and has no intention of stopping. His team, HBR, was victorious last year and think their young hotshoe can repeat this year.
"The only thing Maxime has yet to do is climb on the first step of the podium, realises team owner Peter Hillebrand. Since he joined us, he showed consistency and discipline on the track; he was able to find the proper setup on his racing machine and was the fastest on our driver roster. He led some races but now he has to capitalize and get his first checker. I like his attitude and I think we will have a winning car for him in San Jose."
"My relationship with mister Peter is excellent, says the 2006 Junior driver. We have a very methodic approach before an event. I know for instance San Jose is short, narrow and bumpy: therefore, I much be contact conscious and use all the power on the short straights. I will have to look for the right time to slingshot to a fast lap when qualifying time comes. In San Jose, starting ahead of the pack is a definite advantage."
A complete three-day schedule
The San Jose double header will start Friday with three sessions: one free practice in the morning at 8:30 AM and another at 3:20 PM. A first qualifying session at 5:20 PM will end the day. Saturday will have the second qualifying session at 11:50. Reds will go out for the start of the first race in the afternoon at 3:20. Finally, after a short earlybird warm-up at 8:00 Sunday, the second race will go green at 9:55. "We go racing seven times over the weekend, ends Pelletier. On five of those sessions we collect information. The two others are for winning!"
After eight of the fourteen rounds, Pelletier now lies 4th in the standings. Figuring he was 18th after the first program in Utah, he earned all his points in three meetings. He was on the podium three times in a row in Indianapolis and Lime Rock and always managed Top Ten finishes. The turning point was obviously switching teams for the Montreal GP. "Formula BMW has been a tremendous learning curve for me since last year, he adds. But I keep asking where I could be in the championship if I had started from the beginning with HBR. I have gelled with this team, have gained confidence in my skills and I know I will drive for many more years."
Maxime Pelletier is in his second year in the North American premier ladder series Formula BMW USA after being nominated Junior driver last year. He is racing with the Austrian HBR Motorsports team. San Jose is the fifth of seven double header programs in the 2007 schedule. Pelletier is fourth in the 2007 standings only 30 points away from third and 35 from second.