ROUNDS 11 & 12, ROAD AMERICA Four races remain in the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship and they will be held at two of the most challenging circuits in North America. Rounds 11 and 12 will take place August 11th and 12th at Road America, in ...
ROUNDS 11 & 12, ROAD AMERICA
Four races remain in the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship and they will be held at two of the most challenging circuits in North America. Rounds 11 and 12 will take place August 11th and 12th at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and the final two rounds will be held two weeks later at Mosport International Raceway, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Daniel Morad (Eurointernational) has used the experience he gained from winning last year's Formula BMW USA Rookie title to take five victories and three runner-up finishes this season and leads the Overall point standings by 104 points. This is the widest margin the BMW Junior has enjoyed since taking the lead in the standings after his Round 1 win at Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah, in May. Although Morad recently suffered his worst result of the year, a 11th in Round 9, it is quite likely that the 17-year old Canadian could wrap up the Championship this weekend.
Esteban Gutierrez (Team Autotecnica) stands second to Morad in Overall points and while that title may be difficult to obtain, the 16-year old, from Monterrey, Mexico holds a 49 point lead the Rookie standings. Gutierrez, who has a record seven poles and three wins this season, leads BMW Junior drivers Jeffrey Petriellio (Team KMA), Ricardo Favoretto (HBR Motorsport Team USA), Eric Morrow (Hearn Motorsports) and Tim Hollowell (Team KMA).
In the Overall battle, Gutierrez will have to keep a sharp eye on Maxime Pelletier (HBR Motorsport Team USA). In his second year of Formula BMW USA, Pelletier has put together a string of six consecutive top-five finishes to trail Gutierrez by only eight points. Alexander Rossi (Team Apex Racing USA) has had an up-and-down season, but his breakthrough win in Round 9 has him fourth in the points. Steven Guerrero (HBR Motorsport Team USA) rounds out the top-five.
A scoring note: An error that did not take note of the requirement to finish 51% of the race distance to score points has resulted in a shuffling of the Overall point standings from Round 10. Rossi moved to fourth, Guerrero to fifth, and there was a rearrangement among the drivers in eighth to 13th.