Team APEX Racing USA Encouraged by Strong Series Debut Team APEX Racing USA wrapped up its rookie season with a surprising, but incredibly satisfying third place finish in the Formula BMW USA series championship. Although the final weekend of ...
Team APEX Racing USA Encouraged by Strong Series Debut
Team APEX Racing USA wrapped up its rookie season with a surprising, but incredibly satisfying third place finish in the Formula BMW USA series championship. Although the final weekend of racing for the 2005 season proved somewhat disappointing for the young Indiana based squad, Apex team principals couldn't help but be proud of what they had accomplished.
Sixteen year old rookie driver Robert Wickens and his Team APEX Racing USA crew struggled from the time they arrived at Road Atlanta on Wednesday. Wickens qualified 9th for Thursday's Round 13 and finished in 8th place. Following Thursday's race Wickens remained third in the championship standings, with the possibility to improve the team's standing in Friday's Round 14. The young Canadian needed a win, while points leaders Richard Phillippe and Kevin Lacroix would have to finish 8th or worse to give Wickens the points he needed to jump to the top of the standings.
Driving the MMG Financial BMW powered FB2, Wickens started 7th in Friday's finale and knew he would need a near flawless race to get to the front. Running 6th with a single lap remaining, an encounter with Lacroix cost Wickens three positions as he was forced off the course. The Team APEX Racing USA entry wound up with a 9th place finish in the season finale, placing Wickens third in the driver championship standings.
The 9th place finish also earned Wickens the distinction of being the only driver in the series to post a top ten finish in each of the 14 rounds of the 2005 Formula BMW USA championship.
"I'm a little disappointed with the way today's race ended," said Wickens following Friday's run, "But I'm really happy about finishing third in the championship and what this team was able to accomplish this season."
Team co-owner David Hunt was also disappointed in the team's performance at Road Atlanta, but was thrilled about the season overall. "The fact that this rookie team was able to become one of the frontrunners is something we can all be proud of today," said Hunt. "I'm very happy with the season and being third in the championship."
For the 2005 season Robert Wickens and Team APEX Racing USA finished third in championship points, third in rookie points and fourth in team points.
The team celebrated its accomplishments Friday night at the championship banquet held in Atlanta. Richard Phillippe - Team Autotecnica won the Formula BMW USA Championship followed by Kevin Lacroix of AIM Autosport in second. Phillippe also won the Rookie Championship. HBR Motorsport Team USA won the team championship with its four drivers.