Front Runners: HVM drivers Bjorn Wirdheim and Ronnie Bremer may be rookies, but they are already comfortable leading Champ Car races. HVM cars have led three of the four races completed thus far in 2005 and are the ONLY rookie drivers to have led...
Front Runners: HVM drivers Bjorn Wirdheim and Ronnie Bremer may be rookies, but they are already comfortable leading Champ Car races. HVM cars have led three of the four races completed thus far in 2005 and are the ONLY rookie drivers to have led races in 2005. Bjorn led a large portion of the Monterrey, Mexico event, while Ronnie led in Long Beach and Milwaukee.
BJORN WIRDHEIM, #4 HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone
2005 Stats: Bjorn has led more laps (18) than any other rookie this season. He has recorded two top-ten finishes and started in the top-ten in his oval debut at Milwaukee. He sits just 10 points out of the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year lead.
BJORN WIRDHEIM: "I've heard a lot about Cleveland and I've heard it is a fast circuit. I prefer fast, aggressive circuits to the slower technical circuits. I think the Burke Lakefront airport will be more difficult to learn than Portland for example, because it is wider. I will watch the drivers who have been there before and watch the tapes to learn the lines. I am especially motivated because of what happened in Portland where we had a very good racecar, but the electronic problems we had early in the race kept us from fighting for the positions. We are making progress every race weekend. I've had a look at the weather and it looks like it will be a nice warm weekend in Cleveland without the threat of rain so that is really good news for me, especially as I need to maximize each session to learn the circuit and setup the car as quickly as possible."
RONNIE BREMER, #55 HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone
2005 Stats:Bremer has started and finished in the top-ten in three of the four completed Champ Car races this season. He led two of the events, Long Beach and Milwaukee. He sits third in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year Championship, just two points out of the lead.
Cleveland Last Year: Ronnie qualified third and finished sixth at the Burke Lakefront Airport last year while driving in the Toyota Atlantic Series.
RONNIE BREMER: "I ran pretty well there last year in Atlantics, I qualified third. HVM had a good setup there last year and I am sure they will again this year. I see no reason why we can't have a great result there. Hopefully I will be healed from the tough weekend we had at Portland, I am still pretty sore but definitely on the mend. I am at the shop in Indianapolis this week, getting lots of rest and preparing for Cleveland with my team. I need to get a strong qualifying result so that we can start and finish in the top five rather than the top eight. We have made a lot of progress, but we need to be in the top five, so that is certainly my goal for Cleveland and as we go forward."