Canadian race driver Billy Asaro, driver of the Key Motorsports / Bellville Rodair International car and current points leader of the US Formula 2000 National Championship, will have to wait a little longer before he attempts to clinch the title...
Canadian race driver Billy Asaro, driver of the Key Motorsports / Bellville Rodair International car and current points leader of the US Formula 2000 National Championship, will have to wait a little longer before he attempts to clinch the title following this week's terrorist attacks in the United States. The USF2000 season was due to wind up with a pair of races this weekend at Daytona, Florida, but the event has been postponed. At this time no new date has been set.
Nineteen-year-old Asaro of Markham, Ontario, was at Toronto's Pearson International Airport to catch a flight to Florida when the skies over North America were closed on Tuesday morning. Upon hearing that all air traffic had been grounded, he attempted to drive, only to hear that border crossings were closed. On Wednesday, with organizers advising that the event was still to go ahead, Billy tried again to drive to Florida, but while he sat in a long line of vehicles waiting to enter the US he learned that the event would not proceed this weekend.
"I think that cancelling the races was the right thing to do," reflected the University of Toronto student. "There were other drivers that couldn't get to the track and, more importantly, what happened in New York and Washington was terrible, very sad, and I think putting off the event was appropriate.'
Asaro, a former karting champion who has already clinched this year's USF2000 Oval Crown, is fighting for the National Championship with Jason LaPoint of Oregon. With 196 points to LaPoint's 191, Asaro holds the advantage, but says it will all come down to the final races.
"It's going to be a shoot out between the two of us," said Asaro. "Jason and I will both have to push to the maximum and whoever does that best will be the champion. I'm confident in myself and the Key Motorsports team. A new date hasn't been announced yet, but when we do go racing again, I plan to win the championship."