NA-F2000: Asaro Tois-Rivieres race notes

Indeck/Forsythe driver Billy Asaro, showed great resolve and determination by finishing sixth in today's USF2000 race at the Player's Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres. The Unionville, Ontario, resident put on a spectacular show of car control and ...

Indeck/Forsythe driver Billy Asaro, showed great resolve and determination by finishing sixth in today's USF2000 race at the Player's Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres. The Unionville, Ontario, resident put on a spectacular show of car control and patience to storm back to sixth after a first turn incident appeared to take him completely out of contention.

From eleventh on the grid, Billy got off to a great start, but as the field approached turn one, things came undone as several drivers spun out of control.

"I'm not sure what started it," Billy reported. "I had a good start and was going around the outside (at turn one) when cars started spinning all over the place. Somehow I ended up with the wall behind me and cars all around. I hadn't touched anyone, the car was good, but I was trapped. The marshalls did a great job to get everyone out of the way, but I was in the middle and by the time I was going again, I'd lost nearly a lap. At that point all I could do was run as hard as I could, keep the car off the wall and see how far I could get."

Billy put on a fantastic show and, with a little help from some caution periods, managed to pull himself up through the 29-car field in impressive style. Throughout the 30-lap event, the image of his blue and white Indeck/Forsythe car making yet another pass was often on the jumbo screens placed around the 2.4km (1.5 mile) temporary street course. During his charge through the field, his quickest lap was clocked at 1m 7.063s, nearly half a second faster than his qualifying time.

"The car was set up well and we had good power," Billy said after the race. "This was definitely a car that I could have taken to a podium finish. The hang up at the first corner really put me behind the eight ball, but I don't give up easily. As far as I'm concerned, I just had more cars to pass!

"I really have to thank all the guys at Primus racing. They really had my Indeck/Forsythe car working well today. We all worked together and got the car in good shape for the race. Definitely a team effort. Now we're all pumped and ready to make a really big splash at Mosport next week."

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Billy Asaro