Billy Asaro posted a thrilling victory yesterday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida, in round three of the US Formula 2000 National Championship. The win, backed up by a second-place finish in round two held Saturday, places Asaro third in the...
Billy Asaro posted a thrilling victory yesterday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida, in round three of the US Formula 2000 National Championship. The win, backed up by a second-place finish in round two held Saturday, places Asaro third in the National Championship standings, first in the Oval Crown standings and establishes him as a threat for this year's titles.
Starting from fourth, Billy leapt to second on the opening lap, chasing teammate Marc-Antoine Camirand. The next time around, Billy's number 69 Key Motorsport/Bellville Rodair International car was in the lead and pulling away. A handful of laps later, however, the growing advantage was negated as the yellow flag was shown and the field bunched up to run under caution while an immobilized car was removed from the track.
On the restart, Camirand got the jump and snatched the lead, but Billy retook the position in similar style when a second caution caused another restart just before the half-way point of the 40-lap race. Yet another caution and restart saw Camirand once again jump ahead on lap 32, but Billy regained the lead for good with three laps remaining in the race. As the leader came upon lapped traffic with Billy hot on his heels, there was contact between a backmarker and Camirand when he tried to hurry past. Asaro shot into the lead and took the checkered flag 2.2 seconds ahead of runner up Jeff Harrison.
En route to the win, the nineteen-year-old set the fastest lap of the race, blasting around the 2.2km (1.4 mile) modified oval in 44.133 seconds at an average speed of 182.8km/h (114.3 mph), a new track record. He also led the most laps during the battle.
"This weekend has been amazing," Billy said after the victory celebration. "I'm so happy I was able to prove I can win races. The Key Motorsport team has been positive and supportive since we got here and I can't thank them enough."
Buoyed by his success this weekend and having finally cracked the code to the winners circle, Billy will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with this season. The floodgates have opened and Asaro will surely crank up the pressure on his opponents.
The next stop on the USF2000 tour takes the teams to Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes of New York where there will be two races over the May 19-20 weekend.