NA-F2000: Billy Asaro''s qualifying hopes squandered by lack of power

"Frustrating!" That's how Billy Asaro summed up his day of qualifying for this weekend's USF2000 double header at Mosport International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old driver of the number 33 Indeck/Forsythe car was handicapped with a lack of...

"Frustrating!" That's how Billy Asaro summed up his day of qualifying for this weekend's USF2000 double header at Mosport International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old driver of the number 33 Indeck/Forsythe car was handicapped with a lack of speed on the straights and the shortcoming cost him on the time sheets.

Competitors in the USF2000 Championship have gathered at Mosport to contest rounds two and three of the series during the Victoria Day Trans Am Weekend. In the first qualifying session (for Saturday's race), Asaro's fastest trip around Mosport's famous challenging 4 km (2.5 mile) road circuit took 1m, 22.899s. That time placed him seventh on the grid for the race.

"The set up of the car was nice," Asaro reported. "I had a lot of confidence in the handling and felt comfortable to go really hard into the corners. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a lack of power. No matter how fast I got through the corners, everyone just walked away from me on the straight."

Anticipation of better fortunes in the second qualifier quickly evaporated when Billy found the problem was not cured but may have worsened. The car was even slower and, with a time of 1:23.230, the Unionville, Ontario, resident will grid fourteenth on Sunday.

"It's probably the motor," Billy hypothesized, "But it could be something binding in the transmission. Whatever it is, I'm sure the Primus crew (Billy's car is fielded by Florida-based Primus Racing) will find it. They work hard and they want to win just as much as I do. I think things will be fine tomorrow. I'm starting one place behind my Indeck/Forsythe teammate, Aaron Justus, and hopefully we'll be able to work together to get our cars to the front."

And his thoughts on Sunday? "I guess I'm just gonna have to pass a lot of cars!"

Round two of the USF2000 Championship runs Saturday at 1:30pm. Round three is scheduled for Sunday at 11:10am.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Aaron Justus , Billy Asaro