Young Ashley Freiberg Scores First Podium Finish In Skip Barber National Series Race At Road America High School Student Takes 3rd In Her Rookie Season Against Int'l Racers ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 24, 2009) -- Young female racer Ashley ...
Young Ashley Freiberg Scores First Podium Finish In Skip Barber National Series Race At Road America
High School Student Takes 3rd In Her Rookie Season Against Int'l Racers
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 24, 2009) -- Young female racer Ashley Freiberg put herself in the national motorsports limelight this past weekend with her first podium finish in the Skip Barber BFGoodrich National Series presented by MAZDA race held Saturday, Aug. 22, on the famed four-mile road course at Elkhart Lake's Road America.
Freiberg (pronounced Fry-Berg), 17, started 14th in a 15-car field and drove her Mazda-powered open-wheel car through the pack to the challenge the two lead drivers, Conner De Phillippi and Court Vernon, before settling for third in the eight-lap race. Unfortunately, Freiberg's charge on the leaders was halted due to a full-course caution period on the race's final lap.
"We had some problems with the car in qualifying," said Freiberg, a senior at Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Ill. "So I had to start in the back of the field. But the car felt very good during the race, and I was able to march my way towards the front of the field. We had some great wheel-to-wheel racing, but I wasn't able to go for the win when the yellow flag came out. Overall, it was very exciting to race with the leaders and challenge them. I want to thank my coaches Phil Lombardi and Gerardo Bonilla, along with the Skip Barber mechanics and staff for providing us with great cars for an awesome race!!"
Freiberg, a former WKA world karting champion, is making her initial campaign on the Skip Barber open-wheel series after beginning her racing career at age 13 in karts. Earlier this year, Freiberg won the Skip Barber regional races at Sebring, Fla., in February and Elkhart Lake last month.
Freiberg currently ranks seventh in the in the 2009 Skip Barber National point standings after ten of 14 races.
In Sunday's National race, Freiberg moved to second in the field before contact with another car dropped her to fifth.
Freiberg will return to Skip Barber BFGoodrich National Series action on Sept. 22-25 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., as part of the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda6 American Le Mans Series weekend.