NA-F2000: Asaro hoping for rain at Road America

July 08, 2000 / Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin On a track where he was expected to show his magic, eighteen-year-old Billy Asaro is struggling to keep pace. This weekend, the US Formula 2000 series, in which he drives the number thirty-three ...

July 08, 2000 / Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin On a track where he was expected to show his magic, eighteen-year-old Billy Asaro is struggling to keep pace. This weekend, the US Formula 2000 series, in which he drives the number thirty-three Indeck/Forsythe car, has arrived at Road America in Wisconsin for rounds five and six of the season.

Billy went to Wisconsin confident and excited, but during the days of practice before the event, Billy and the Primus Racing team that fields his car were unable to find speed at a circuit that demands lots of it. James Eaton and Tommy Constantine, Billy's teammates at Primus, were equally frustrated by their lack of speed.

"It's like we're pulling parachutes around," Billy said. "We just can't keep up with anyone on the straights. If it were just me, I could say 'Well, I'm doing something wrong and I have to figure it out', but James and Tommy are in the same boat. We're very slow. We're all pushing hard, but we can't keep up."

During qualifying for race one, Billy was able to post a lap of 2 minutes 18.293 seconds around the 6.5km (4 mile) track, good for sixteenth on the grid of forty-four cars. Qualifying for race two held more promise as it was held in wet conditions. With slower speeds on the wet, slippery surface, car control is a driver's biggest asset. Billy was very fast, but before he could put in a flying lap, something broke in the front suspension. With only a fifteen-minute session, there was not enough time to make repairs. Luckily, Billy had completed a warm-up lap that was good for eighteenth on the grid.

"We were fast in the rain," Billy said. "It's too bad that the car broke. I don't know what happened, but suddenly the wheel was bouncing. If we have rain during the races, I'm sure I can get the Indeck/Forsythe car to the front.

"I love a sunny day, but I'm hoping for rain this weekend."

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tommy Constantine , Billy Asaro