Star Mazda - Freiberg Scores Best 2012 Finish At Baltimore
Baltimore, Sep. 3, 2012: TrueCar Racing driver Ashley Freiberg, who spent last year’s Grand Prix of Baltimore event out of a ride, searching for funds, and talking to teams, scored her highest finish of the 2012 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear season this weekend, walking away with an impressive 6th place finish on Saturday and 10th place on Sunday.
The driver of the number 91 TrueCar Racing/ Virgin machine has been on a streak of progressing results, finishing 7th at Edmonton and in the top 9 the last three weekends. Though the she has had a season filled with bad luck by being run into and taken out of races by some of her competitors, the 20 year-old female says she is more determined than ever to prove that she can run up front with the “big dogs.” “It really felt good to show up at Baltimore running pretty quick right out of the box even with the motor-miss issue I had during the first practice,” said Freiberg, who was 9th quick that session. “I have been working very hard as well as JDC has to show that we can run up front.”Due to track-related issues, qualifying was cancelled and they determined the race line-up would be set by point standings, putting Freiberg in the 11th spot in the 19-car field. On the pace lap of the race on Saturday, her dashboard stopped working, which includes shift lights and other information, but the two-time Skip Barber Series Champion continued to impress as she fought hard to finish just outside the top 5 in 6th place.
At the start of Sunday’s race Freiberg was immediately on her game, where she came from the 8th position to running as high as 4th place with a competitive pace. After a few restarts she was hit from behind twice, and although she gathered herself up quickly, she was also battling brake issues throughout the race, finishing her race in the 10th position.
“Overall I think this weekend went really well. It was great to get the finish we got on Saturday, and even though the results don't show it, overall I think Sunday's race went really well too. I am happy to walk away from the weekend knowing I can run up front with these guys. It’s been a tough year with a lot of bad luck, so it’s great to show what we are capable of given the circumstances.”