NA-F2000: Asaro first Canadian to win Oval Crown

Billy Asaro is the 2001 US Formula 2000 "Road to Indy Oval Crown" Champion. The Markham, Ontario resident, who drives the number 69 Key Motorsport / Bellville Rodair International car in the super-competitive championship series is the first ...

Billy Asaro is the 2001 US Formula 2000 "Road to Indy Oval Crown" Champion. The Markham, Ontario resident, who drives the number 69 Key Motorsport / Bellville Rodair International car in the super-competitive championship series is the first Canadian to win the title.

The Oval Crown, a series of oval races within the USF2000 National Championship which comprises both oval and road-course events, was to include four events this year, but a season-ending race scheduled for September 29 in Indianapolis was officially cancelled yesterday. With 78 points, well ahead of second-placed Jeff Harrison with 59, Asaro became the oval champion.

"It's great to win the Oval Crown Championship," said nineteen-year-old Asaro. "Hopefully this championship will catch someone's eye and might lead to some doors opening down the road."

Asaro won the championship in convincing style, taking a victory and a second-place finish at Homestead Miami Speedway, then finishing third at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The young driver was full of praise for his team, Key Motorsport, which is celebrating its first Oval Crown success.

"A lot of credit must go to the Key Motorsport crew," Billy commented. "They ask question after question during practice sessions and by race time, the Key Motorsport / Bellville Rodair car is always fantastic. I have confidence in them and they have confidence in me. It's a winning combination and that's what wins championships."

The oval championship settled, Asaro's attention is now tightly focused on capturing the National Championship. There are three races remaining on the schedule and Asaro's strong performances this year, including three wins, sees him into the homestretch with the points lead.

"The goal right now is to build on this success and to ad the National Championship," he said. "It's nice to carry the points into the final races, but I can't sit back. I must keep putting in strong performances and not give anyone the opportunity to gain the upper hand."

Billy's next race is at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 11 and the season winds up with a pair of races at Daytona International Speedway, September 15-16.

-MJ

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