US Formula 2000 driver Billy Asaro sprung a surprise on the Canadian Formula Ford Championships last weekend as he arrived at Mosport International Raceway to participate in round three of the 2001 series. The nineteen-year-old, racer showed he...
US Formula 2000 driver Billy Asaro sprung a surprise on the Canadian Formula Ford Championships last weekend as he arrived at Mosport International Raceway to participate in round three of the 2001 series. The nineteen-year-old, racer showed he had not forgotten how to drive the Formula 1600 machinery, which he drove to three wins in seven starts in 1999, as he finished second in yesterday's race after dominating the early going.
Asaro, who drives the Key Motorsport / Bellville Rodair International car in the USF2000 series, returned to his old stomping grounds at the invitation of Key Motorsport principal, Steve Djelebian. Djelebian felt that Billy, who leads the USF2000 championship on the merit of three wins this year, would be a good influence on Key's Formula 1600 rookie, Andy Brumbaugh.
The plan worked magnificently. The cars got better and better all weekend as the drivers made great strides with the set up and the race couldn't have gone any better for the Key team. Billy, who started third, was leading the race by the end of the second lap. By the mid point of the fifteen-lap contest, he had built a comfortable lead, but a full-course caution saw his advantage negated. The Key Motorsport cars were first and third as the field circulated slowly behind the pace car.
On the restart, Asaro maintained his lead, but as the cars sped down the straight, third-placed Brumbaugh pulled out for a pass and went all the way to the front. His teammate now leading the way, Asaro settled in to support the rookie as the Key cars went on to finish first and second.
"That was a good race. Perfect for Key Motorsport," Billy remarked. "I was disappointed when we had the caution because I had a good lead at the time, but these things happen. After the restart, Andy got a great run on the straight. I saw him pull out to pass the car behind me, but he was just flying and passed me too. As long as we kept going we had a one-two for Key, so I just kept out of Andy's way."
With the good feeling of a job well done, Billy's focus now returns to USF2000. His attention is also trained on working to establish his path to the peak of motorsport competition. The Molson Indy Toronto is just a few weeks away and the talented young driver will be pounding the pavement, meeting with the top movers and shakers of motorsport.
Toiling behind the scenes is a growing group of people who are unwavering supporters of Asaro. They work tirelessly to further his career. Robert Desrosiers recently joined Asaro's support group and is currently focused on arranging appointments for Billy at the Molson Indy.
"I look forward to the Molson Indy every year," said Asaro. "But, this year is different because I'm hoping to meet a lot of team owners and speak with potential sponsors. I'm not expecting to walk in and sign a deal, just meet people and make sure they know who I am. Hopefully, my future will start to take a more defined shape "
Asaro made a huge splash at the Molson Indy Toronto in 1999 when he won a sensational Formula 1600 race and was a huge hit with race fans.
The USF2000 schedule resumes July 7-8 with a double-race weekend at Road America in Wisconsin. Billy is leading the USF2000 National Championship and is looking forward to increasing his points advantage on the challenging Road America circuit.