Billy Asaro will start dead last for tomorrow's race at Phoenix International Raceway due to a drive train failure that ended his qualifying run before he was even on the track. A constant velocity joint on the right side of his car broke as he ...
Billy Asaro will start dead last for tomorrow's race at Phoenix International Raceway due to a drive train failure that ended his qualifying run before he was even on the track. A constant velocity joint on the right side of his car broke as he started to accelerate out of the pit lane.
"It's unfortunate, but it's just one of those things that happens in racing," Asaro said. "At first I thought first gear had broken, so I tried second, but the motor just revved and the gearbox made a horrible noise."
The problem could not be fixed in the allowed time, relegating the 18-year-old Canadian to the back of the grid for the start of tomorrow's race, which marks both his Formula 2000 and oval-track debuts. Despite the setback, Asaro remains upbeat and optimistic about tomorrow's race.
"It's a 50-lap race so there's lots of time to work forward. I'd rather be starting from the front, but being so new to ovals, I have to look at this as a good chance to learn about racing and passing on this kind of track."
The weekend started well with Asaro among the fastest drivers during Thursday's practice sessions. After that, however, things started to go south. On Friday, after completing just a couple of warm-up laps, he was collected and sent into the wall when another driver spun. This morning, his motor was not up to snuff, possibly due to yesterday's impact.
"I think I'm owed a perfect weekend somewhere down the line. Things haven't been ideal here so far at this event, but I'm feeling really good about tomorrow. I'm going to work hard and pass as many cars as I can. I'm sure the race will turn out okay. I'm looking forward to it."
The first round of this year's USF2000 Championship begins tomorrow at noon local time.