Auston Harris Ready to Resume Formula TR Rookie Season Oakland, CA August 10, 2005 -- Auston Harris, the 14 year old, African-American, rookie in the Formula TR Championship Series has completed a warm-up test session at Buttonwillow Raceway ...
Auston Harris Ready to Resume Formula TR Rookie Season
Oakland, CA August 10, 2005 -- Auston Harris, the 14 year old, African-American, rookie in the Formula TR Championship Series has completed a warm-up test session at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA., setting his best ever time on the demanding Test #1 configuration.
Auston has competed in all 10 of the 18 rounds of the series conducted so far this year and sits in fourth place in the championship for the 1.6 liter Renault powered Tatuus chassis cars.
Elsewhere in the world these cars are know as Formula Renaults. There has been a two month hiatus between round 10 and the upcoming rounds 11 and 12 which will be conducted August 27th and 28th at Portland International Raceway.
Auston has had only this one test session to keep and sharpen his skills, which makes his personal best in testing very exciting, especially looking forward to the rest of the series. Auston is very enthusiastic about rounds 11 and 12 of the series at Portland International Raceway at the end of the month. While he is not in a position to win the series this year, he certainly has the opportunity to improve his standing. Auston is only 31 points from third in the series standings and he is coming off his first two podium finishes and his most successful test session of his career.
Auston began his open wheel career this year when he moved from 80cc shifter karts after two years. Between testing and race days Auston has less than 25 days of experience in a car therefore his current fourth place position in the series championship becomes all the more remarkable. Even more remarkable is the fact that Auston scored podium finishes at the last two rounds of the series, taking second in round 9 and third in round 10.
Formula TR has been developing exceptional drivers for the last five years. Formula TR alumni include Marco Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Michael McDowell and the Team16 drivers (Brad Coleman, Colin Braun, Adrian Carrio) of the Grand-Am Cup GT Series in the GT class.