Canadian race driver, Billy Asaro of Unionville, Ontario, finished seventh today in round two of the USF2000 Championship series held at Mosport International Raceway. Asaro's Indeck/Forsythe car started seventh and was unable to make any...
Canadian race driver, Billy Asaro of Unionville, Ontario, finished seventh today in round two of the USF2000 Championship series held at Mosport International Raceway. Asaro's Indeck/Forsythe car started seventh and was unable to make any progress during the twenty-lap race as the young racer struggled with the same difficulties he experienced yesterday.
"I just didn't have the speed on the straight, especially up the hill," Asaro reported. "The same problem we had during qualifying on Friday."
Thirty-one cars took the green flag for the twenty-lap race, which began more than an hour behind schedule. On the first lap, Asaro briefly moved up to sixth when he completed a pass at corner five, however, once the cars accelerated on to the straight, he found himself back in seventh and unable to mount a challenge.
"It was just like yesterday," Asaro recalled. "I couldn't keep up with anyone on the straight. It was a shame really because I was able to get through the corners so quickly. Any progress I made was erased every time I came to the straight. I could be right behind someone, but by the end of the straight, they'd be way ahead. That just shouldn't happen. Unfortunately, they guys on the crew will probably end up working pretty late tonight."
Following yesterday's lack of pace, Asaro's Primus Racing crew took a close look at the car, but were unable to isolate the problem. After looking at the data from today's race, they have elected to install a new motor for round three tomorrow.
Though disappointed not to have had the chance to fight for the top positions, Asaro remained upbeat about tomorrow's event despite the fact that he'll start even further down the grid - in fourteenth.
"I'm not particularly happy to finish seventh," Asaro reflected, "But I know I did my best and, in the end, just had to collect as many championship points as I could.
"Tomorrow, things will be different. It will be fun. I'm ready for it."
Round three of the USF2000 Championship is scheduled for 11:10am.