NA-F2000: Asaro endures a Road America "character builder"

June 09, 2000 / Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Following qualifying for this weekends US Formula 2000 races at Road America in Wisconsin, Billy Asaro of Unionville, Ontario, was lacking speed and said he hoped for racing's great equalizer; rain. He got...

June 09, 2000 / Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Following qualifying for this weekends US Formula 2000 races at Road America in Wisconsin, Billy Asaro of Unionville, Ontario, was lacking speed and said he hoped for racing's great equalizer; rain. He got his wish, but a little more than he expected.

Billy and his team were unable to produce top speed on one of North America's fastest road courses. The shortcoming left Billy well off the pace at a track on which he was expected to be in the hunt for a win. Out of forty-four cars, Billy qualified sixteenth and eighteenth, respectively, for rounds five and six of the USF2000 championship this weekend. During the second qualifying session, the track was wet and Billy had been fast until his car's suspension suddenly broke before he had completed a "hot" lap. His speed in the rain prompted his wish for wet racing.

Race one was scheduled for early Saturday afternoon. There had been rain in the morning and, as race time approached, the rain Billy had hoped for was coming back. The problem was, it was very intense and accompanied by lightning and winds. For a period of time there was a close watch on the skies as conditions were just about right for tornadoes.

When it was all over, some areas of the track were submerged. Pumps were brought in to remove several inches of water from corners, but it was obvious the low-slung Formula 2000 cars would not be safe on the track for quite sometime. In fact, the race was rescheduled after 6:30pm, by which time the track was completely dry. Billy would be hard-pressed to improve his position with a slow car on a dry track.

When the race finally began, Billy's predicament quickly got worse. As the pack charged into the tight corner five, Billy was hit from behind and pushed into the car ahead of him. He was able to continue, but his right front wing was badly askew. He soldiered on to finish sixteenth.

On Sunday, race two held more promise. Rain gave Billy the wet track he wanted and this time the precipitation came at a nice steady pace and the race would be run in the wet.

>From eighteenth, Billy vaulted to tenth by corner five and as lap one was completed, his Indeck/Forsythe car lay sixth. Things looked very promising, but Billy never came around to complete another lap. His car was beached in a gravel trap.

"I was going down the straight and the spray was absolutely blinding," Billy reported. "I couldn't see anything ahead and had to drive by watching the side of the track. I started to brake when I thought I was at the end of the straight, then thought I had braked too early. I lifted off the brake, then realized I was right the first time."

Billy's car slid off the end of the straight and came to rest in a gravel trap.

"I could have had a good finish. It would have been a nice end to a terrible weekend. I feel really bad for the guys at Primus Racing that work on the Indeck/Forsythe car. They work incredibly hard and want to win as much as I do. People say things like this build character, but this weekend has been very hard on all of us."

Billy will be looking for better things when he next races on July 29 at Trois Rivieres in the Players Grand Prix.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Billy Asaro