Major Shines in Drafting Thriller at Indy. Canadian teen Philip Major runs his highest yet in burgeoning FBMW career. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course comprises a tight infield section prefaced by the oval track's...
Major Shines in Drafting Thriller at Indy.
Canadian teen Philip Major runs his highest yet in burgeoning FBMW career.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course comprises a tight infield section prefaced by the oval track's half-mile long front straightaway. These two contrasting elements make for extremely close racing as cars fight tooth-and-nail through the first 11 twists and turns, before hurtling through turn 12 and then drafting one another down the quarter- mile long main straight.
Round eight of the Formula BMWUSA was a fraught slipstreaming classic at the Brickyard from start to finish and Philip Major was in the thick of the action throughout.
The Ottawa driver ran the majority of the race in a commanding sixth position - a FBMW career best for the rookie - soaking up all that the seasoned opposition could throw at him. "It was a very good race," said Major afterwards, his hands a blur as he demonstrated highlights, "we swapped places again and again and were battling, it felt really good"
The penultimate lap brought heartbreak for the Canadian when a rival swerved across him, damaging Major's front wing and robbing him of aerodynamic performance. His race car now compromised, Major was powerless to prevent his closest competitors from taking advantage, but held on mightily to only cede only a handful of places at this, a track where a car's slightest imperfections will hurt your chances the most.
"It made it a bit difficult!" Major said with no shortage of understatement. "Basically it made me a sitting duck," he lamented of his 11th place finish, before rallying with "but overall it was a good weekend; we ran up front I'm looking forward to San Jose."
The FBMWUSA championship now moves on to the San Jose Grand Prix for rounds 9 &10 starting July 28th