NA-F2000: Homestead Asaro second in Round 2 Saturday

Billy Asaro finished second in round two of the US Formula 2000 National Championship at Homestead, Florida, today. The nineteen-year-old was ecstatic following the race and believes that this is just the beginning of greater things for himself...

Billy Asaro finished second in round two of the US Formula 2000 National Championship at Homestead, Florida, today. The nineteen-year-old was ecstatic following the race and believes that this is just the beginning of greater things for himself and his team, Key Motorsport.

Starting from sixth on the grid following this morning's qualifying session, Billy carefully worked his Key Motorsport/Belleville-Rodair International car up to the front. Taking second on lap 25 of the 40-lap race around a 2.2km (1.4 mile) circuit at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Asaro then held station behind the leader, his teammate Marc-Antoine Camirand.

"The team was incredible," the enthusiastic young driver said after the race. "The engineer is making a big difference. He listens to everything I say and we work hard together to get the car working in a way that suits me. All the mechanics are behind Marc and I. They believed in us and knew we were going to do well, then we just went out and did it. The whole team has been really motivating."

The second-place run netted Billy the Pi Research Hard Charger Award and came as a great relief to the Markham, Ontario, resident who suffered through a disappointing and demoralizing season last year.

"It was great to finally have a good race again. It's been a long time since I was last on the podium," Billy commented. "I owe a huge thanks to Key Motorsport owner Steve Djelebian. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be on the track this year."

The third race of the 2001 USF2000 series takes place tomorrow. Asaro will start fourth.

-Mark Jackson

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Billy Asaro