Edmonton, Alberta, July 24, 2011-The Canadian Combination of David Ostella and Jensen MotorSport took charge today on the runways of City Centre Airport in Edmonton and overturned their earlier disappointment from Round #1 of the Firestone Indy Lights double header to cross the finish line in 8th position under the checkered flag this morning.
19-year old Ostella muscled the blue and black #16 Global Precast car into an early charge at the green flag to improve four positions by lap number two.
As the race progressed under very appreciated sunny skies and ideal track conditions, the Canadian duo made steady increases forward in the field, and entered into a heated battle for position with Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver Daniel Herrington–that ultimately made the finish all the more rewarding for the Jensen team.
“Oh man, it was such a great battle,” said an enthusiastic Ostella. “We were running pretty deep into the corners and there was a lot of hard braking. I was having so much fun! It was just an awesome day for us.”
The Maple, Ontario resident began the race from 14th position on the grid this morning due to an early racing incident in Round #1 of the Firestone Indy Lights race yesterday afternoon that forced him out of the race on lap one. While the car suffered only minor suspension damage from a three car brawl at the hairpin in turn five-the lack of a fully completed lap pushed Ostella to start today’s event from the back of the field.
“The team did such an awesome job getting the car back together from yesterday,” Ostella said. “They worked so late last night to make sure I had a great car for today-and we proved it by overtaking so many positions at the start of the race. It was a great finish and a great way to end the weekend-especially in light of what happened yesterday! I hope the Edmonton fans enjoyed the race and I am really looking forward to coming back next year and improving my game.”
Ostella’s British teammate Oliver Webb brought the team a very respectable 5th place finish, following his podium performance yesterday-giving the Canadian-based team a well-rounded weekend.
Ostella is currently 9th in the Firestone Indy Lights Series Points Championship following his performance on the newly configured Airport Circuit this weekend.
Next up for the Canadian Combination is the last round of the Canadian three-peat–and Race #11 for the Firestone Indy Lights Series–The Grand Prix of Trois Riviéres on Sunday, August 7. The event will be broadcast on Versus at 4 pm EDT.
David Ostella is Rookie in the Firestone Indy Lights Series and the only native Canadian competing full-time.