Rossi way out front
Alexander Rossi added two more Formula BMW Americas wins and a top-10 finish this weekend at Road America to increase his overall lead in the championship series to 32 points over second place driver Ricardo Favoretto.
Winning five of the last seven races, Rossi now tops the record books with nine career Formula BMW Americas victories.
On Saturday, Rossi won the Round 10 race, his fifth Formula BMW Americas victory of the season. Starting from the pole, Rossi had a strong race-long challenge from Eurointernational teammate Adrien Tambay, but held him off to win by 1.928 seconds.
This win gave him the pole position for the Round 11 race.
On Sunday, Rossi scored his second consecutive win of the Road America weekend and season’s sixth victory from the pole in this morning’s Round 11 race win. The 16-year old Californian led every lap, setting a new race record of 2:16.636 minutes around the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit on the penultimate lap of the 10-lap race. For a second consecutive time, he finished ahead of teammate Adrien Tambay, this time by 1.328 seconds.
“The Larkin Cottage, Seghezzi Enterprises and my Eurointernational team made this great weekend possible; two wins, two poles and a track record, what else could we asked for?” Rossi commented. “Everyone knows I have confidence at Road America. The racecar, team strategy and tire management was perfect all weekend and I have to thank the whole Eurointernational crew for their commitment to my program. We had some misfortune in Round 12, but my goal was to continue to build a lead over Favoretto heading into the final two events and we did just that.
“Now we just need to clinch the championship in New Jersey next month, so we can race for wins in Brazil with the championship in hand.”
If Rossi is able to wrap up the series championship, he’ll have won a title that has led to international opportunities for those in the past. He finished third in 2007, his rookie year in the series, behind champion Daniel Morad of Canada and second-place Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico.
Morad currently ranks 10th in the drivers standings of the 2008 Atlantic Championship while Gutierrez owns a commanding 50-point lead in the Formula BMW Europe series, in which Rossi made an appearance at Hockenheim, Germany last month.
In Sunday afternoon’s Round 12 ace Rossi finished 10th, but with two non-points scoring guest drivers finishing ahead of him, will take eighth place points. All totaled, Rossi scored 43 of a possible 62 points this weekend capitalizing on a stellar weekend after seeing the top step twice.
With 12 Rounds of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship now complete, the 16-year old Nevada City native has scored seven poles and won five of the last seven races for a total of nine career Formula BMW wins.
At Road America Rossi’s No. 16 FB02 was sponsored by return partners The Larkin Cottage, a Victorian resort on the North Coast of California and Seghezzi Enterprises engineering contractor.
The next three Rounds of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship will be held at Thunderbolt Raceway, in Millville, NJ, on Sept. 26-28.
More information on Team Rossi and Alexander Rossi can be found at, http://www.alexanderrossi.com and http://www.eurointernationalgroup.com or contact Team Rossi Motorsports, LLC manager Pieter Rossi at 530-477-3404.
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