August 05, 2000 / Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario -After completing just two laps, Indeck/Forsythe driver Billy Asaro retired from today's USF2000 race at Mosport International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old Unionville,...
August 05, 2000 / Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario -After completing just two laps, Indeck/Forsythe driver Billy Asaro retired from today's USF2000 race at Mosport International Raceway. The eighteen-year-old Unionville, Ontario, resident went off the track at turn three when a problem with the front wheels made the car unmanageable.
Billy had started ninth in the twenty-six car field and was beginning to move forward when he radioed his crew to inform them that there was a problem with the front of the car and that he was experiencing a lot of vibration. Upon crossing the start/finish line for the second time, Billy was barely able to hang on to the car at corner two before going of the track at the next turn. Examination of the car after the race revealed that the bolts that secure the toe-in angle of the front wheels had come loose.
Billy recalled the situation following the race: "The car felt good at first and the way I saw it, I had twenty laps to work my way toward the front of the field. The team fine tuned the car after yesterday's qualifying session and I think we could have scored a good result, but when the front wheels started shaking, I knew I was in trouble. I hoped that I'd be able to plod around and pick up some points, but it got worse and eventually the car just wouldn't turn."
Asaro had been looking forward to his return to Mosport, a facility that he considers his home track. He has experienced success in the past and simply loves to drive here on one of the world's most challenging and famous tracks.
On the bright side, Billy is looking forward to the next event at Watkins Glen, another famous circuit.
"People say that if you like Mosport, you're going to like Watkins Glen, so I'm really looking forward to going there," Billy said. "I was hoping for much more this weekend and I'm disappointed with what we got, but I'm looking ahead and I can't wait for the next race."
The USF2000 series heads to Watkins Glen, New York, for rounds nine and ten of the championship on the August 26-27 weekend.