AMERICAN RACE DRIVER PETE OLSON DNF's IN FIRST BEIJING RACE AFTER DESTROYING FRONT WING IN
SEVERE CONTACT WITH COMPETITOR - STARTS FROM BACK OF GRID IN 2nd RACE TO PICK UP 5 POSITIONS
IN TEN LAPS
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Beijing International Goldenport Circuit, Beijing China -
“Rubbin’ is racing.”
So goes the famous quote from the NASCAR racing movie “Days of Thunder”. However, similar to the early season mishaps of Tom Cruise’s
character ‘Cole Trickle’ in the movie of the same name, American Formula Renault driver Pete Olson has shown promise in pre-race performances
early this season, but seems to have trouble backing it up in races through overly-aggressive driving. Such performance cost him last month in
Shanghai in his tire-destroying overly-aggressive driving technique, but seemed to be a thing of the past in this weekend’s Beijing pre-race
That is, until the first race start today.
As in Shanghai, Olson got off to a tire-smoking standing start in Sunday’s first race [Round 3 of the AFR/Asian Formula Renault Championship].
Though managing to pick up the pace once the 14 international racers settled into “race pace” after the first few laps, Olson made an overly-
aggressive pass on the inside of turn 4, the tightest corner on the entire circuit, which resulted in the destruction of Olson’s front wing and severe
impact with the other car, which resulted in Olson wildly spinning into the run-off area where the American driver’s car became caught in gravel.
After trying to continue, a furious Olson threw his steering wheel out of the car on National Chinese Television as millions of viewers watched, and
stormed off into the safety barrier area. After the race, Olson was driven back to the pits with his Formula Renault following on the back of a flatbed
tow truck, with a damaged nose and shattered front wing.
Olson later said “I had the right to the pass – the other driver was holding me up the entire lap and I wanted to get past and be on my way, I had
enough of him after the first few laps. I was half a car length to his inside at the entry of the corner, I had the right to the corner, but he turned into
me. I felt the wing rip off and saw the debris fly by, but I didn’t care, I just dropped the hammer, I knew I still had half a front wing left. But then
he slammed into me and made me spin. He should have given me room – and that, you can see in the television video.”
“Despite the DNF in race one, we made some good progress this weekend in terms of setup and speed” Said Olson. “And I don’t care what it takes,
I will never, ever, give up on myself and winning the Championship. I know deep down inside that I can do it, that it’s just a matter of continuous
improvement, and most of all, belief in myself. I will race my heart out every time I get in a race car and get on the track, in practice, in qualify,
testing, in racing, and no one can ever take that passion away from me.”
We wish Pete Olson the best of luck in the next Formula Renault race just six weeks from now, when he returns to the Shanghai International
Circuit, August 22/23 for Rounds 5/6 of the Asian Formula Renault Championship.
For more information contact:
Christian Children's Fund
Media Relations Contact Agent for Pete Olson:
Christian Children's Fund
2821 Emerywood Parkway
Richmond, VA 23294
Chief Instructor, FRD Motorsports
Zhuhai International Circuit
Jin Ding, Zhuhai City
Guangdong, China, 50185
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