Jeroen Slaghekke at the Front in Collective Testing at Mid-Ohio

Jeroen Slaghekke has again shown what he is capable of. After a fourth place finish in the support series race for the Indy 500, the Dutch driver was a constant factor at the front during two days of official collective testing at the Mid-Ohio circuit. At the challenging 2.4 mile circuit, the only Dutchman on the Road to Indy ladder topped the times twice and was never outside the top 4 in any session.

“This is a big confidence boost for me”, says Jeroen Slaghekke, who has returned to the Netherlands in further preparations for the second half of his season. "The goal was to build on the good result at Lucas Oil Raceway and we succeeded at that: topping the times two times and finishing all five sessions within the top 4."

Making the difference

The Dutchman felt at home on the "European style track" in Ohio. "The Mid-Ohio track is a lot like some tracks in the UK like Oulton Park and Brands Hatch: lots of elevation changes, banked corners, crests and both fast and slower sections. My experience racing in the UK (Jeroen was runner up in the 2011 British Formula Ford championship, editor) was very beneficial for me. This is a track where you can make a difference as a driver."

The main goal for the two day test in Ohio was about optimizing the set up of the car and further gel with the team after only joining Belardi Auto Racing in the beginning of May. "Despite the fact we ran a lot of sessions on used tyres and our competition was mostly on fresher tyres, we were constantly at the front. I am very happy with the car's performance and the team is doing an outstanding job."

'Can't wait'

July 19th and 20th Jeroen Slaghekke will be racing in Toronto, Canada during the fifth round of the USF2000 championship, which consists of seven rounds. "After the positive testdays I can hardly wait to go racing'', Jeroen concludes, who is determined to turn his American dream into reality.

Friday Jun 06, 2014
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