“Two top-tens to start 2019”
April 7, 2019 – Taking on the Barber Motorsports Park facility in Birmingham, Alabama, James Roe Jr. secured a pair of top-ten results in his series debut. After a fourth place finish on Saturday in race one, the Global Motorsports Group entry added a seventh place result on Sunday in challenging track conditions.
After progressing through the Promoters Test day on Thursday and official practice sessions on Friday, Saturday was the home for qualifying and race one on the weekend. Piloting his Topcon Positioning Group / The Vortex Companies / Bennett Law Office / Global Motorsports Group #95 to a fifth place result in morning qualifying, Roe was able to rocket off the line and jump into the top-three early on in the race.
“Overall I think it was a positive race for us. Nothing too exciting. We didn’t have the pace to win so I just focused on bringing the car home in one piece and gaining as many points on the board as possible,” explained James Roe Jr., who secured a fourth place result when the checkered flag flew. “Thanks to everyone at Global Racing Group for a solid car and to Topcon Positioning Group, Vortex Companies and Bennett Law Office for there continued support.”
With lap times from race one setting the grid for race two, James Roe Jr. kicked off Sunday’s wheel to wheel action from outside row three in the sixth position. With all the F3 Americas Powered by Honda series drivers taking the green with wet weather Hankooks, Roe stumbled off the line and was immediately attacked by several hungry competitors.
After breaking a front wing on lap five and falling back to the tenth position, Roe kept his head down, pushing each and every lap. With a drying track and some smart strategy calls by his Global Racing Group team, Roe closed his first event weekend of the season with another top-ten result in seventh.
“It was a difficult start and I was just trying to stay out of trouble,” explained Roe. “The conditions were difficult and the car was always on the limit. Unfortunately, a broken front wing early in the race after slight contact hindered the performance of the car, and I was just holding on and trying to maintain my position. Definitely a challenging weekend, but we will look forward to the next event in two weeks’ time.”
The next event on the 2019 F3 Americas Powered by Honda calendar is in less than two weeks at the famed Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta over the April 18-20 weekend. Competing alongside the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda program, James Roe Jr. will continue to push towards the front of the field with the goal of a podium result.
F3 Americas 2019 Schedule
April 5-7: Barber Motorsports Park
April 18-20: Road Atlanta
June 21-23: Pittsburgh International Race Complex
July 26-28: Virginia International Raceway
August 22-24: Road America
September 13-15: Sebring International Raceway
For more information on James Roe and his 2019 racing program, or information on how to join his growing partner list, please contact James at JamesJr@JamesRoeJr.com or visit him online at JamesRoeJr.com. Also, be sure to follow James via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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