USA: Rounds 3, 4 Mid-Ohio preview

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - May 16, 2005-- The 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship will mark two important milestones when it stops at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on May 21 - 22 for Rounds 3 and 4. Racing in support of the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio...

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - May 16, 2005-- The 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship will mark two important milestones when it stops at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on May 21 - 22 for Rounds 3 and 4. Racing in support of the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio weekend, this will be the first time the Championship has ever raced at the venerable Lexington, Ohio circuit and, the 22 drivers entered, will make Rounds 3 and 4 the largest fields yet in Formula BMW USA Championship history.

The 13 classic turns of Mid-Ohio's 2.258-miles have crowned many amateur and professional sports car racing champions in past years and is sure to provide a perfect venue for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Championship as the young Formula BMW USA drivers continue the first stages of their racing careers.

With a win in Round 1 and a third place finish in Round 2, Kevin LaCroix leads both the Overall and Rookie point standings. The 16-year old from St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada will be looking for another winning weekend as he will want to bring the Championship lead home when Formula BMW USA races in support of the Canadian Grand Prix on June 10 - 12.

Maxime Soulet, 21, of Belgium, could not quite grab the brass ring in Rounds 1 and 2, but did reach the podium in both races. He backed up a third in Round 1 with a second in Round 2 and stands only five points behind La Croix.

Richard Philippe, 15, the pole winner in both Rounds 1 and 2, took the Round 2 victory. He is third in the Overall standings and second in the Rookie points.

Both LaCroix's and Philippe's wins were flag-to-flag, but, as shown in the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship, that is usually the exception rather than the rule in Formula BMW USA. As the rest of the field gains confidence, they will certainly bring the battle to LaCroix, Soulet and Philippe.

Practice and qualifying for Round 3 will be held on Friday, May 20th. Qualifying for Round 2 will be at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and the Round 3 race is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m. The Round 4 race will start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Maxime Soulet , Richard Philippe