April 18, 2012 - Returning to the F2000 Championship Series with the front running Auto Errante - HP Tech Motorsport squad, Venezuelan pilot Robert La Rocca is a favorite for the overall series title. With the first event taking place this weekend at the famed Virginian International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia, La Rocca started the 2012 racing season started with a pair of victories as he begins his march to the overall series championship.
"I have been training very hard this off season and have been in the seat a lot," expressed La Rocca after today's test day at VIR. "I think the experience gained from my F3 competition will help me a lot throughout the 2012 season."
Opening the season at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR), La Rocca went undefeated throughout the weekend sweeping all official sessions. Taking pole positions and setting fast laps in both events, the Venezuelan went on to take two commanding race wins and a great start to the 2012 racing season.
La Rocca added, "It was a great weekend for everyone. I am happy that I was able to give my team their first ever pole position and race wins. Thanks to the entire team for their help and the incredible car they gave me. With the pole positions, fast laps and race wins, we were able to do something that has not been done since 2008 by sweeping the weekend.
In the first event of the weekend, La Rocca got a jump on the field and quickly broke away from his closest competitors. Opening a lead and running some fast, consistent race laps, La Rocca was able to take a commanding race win.
Back to the track for the second race of the weekend, it was much of the same for La Rocca. Overcoming a pair of safety car periods, La Rocca went on to score another victory. After being challenged on both restarts, while other drivers tried to force their way to the front, La Rocca held his own securing the lead and opened a gap in his drive towards the checkered flag.
"The Auto Errante - HP Tech Motorsports squad deserves a lot of credit for these victories and a great start to the season," continued La Rocca. "Without their hard work and dedicated efforts this would have not been possible."
With fourteen races on the docket, La Rocca will head to rounds three and four at the famed Road Atlanta during the May 10-12 weekend. Looking to open the points gap in the race for the title, the Venezuelan driver will try and continue his race win streak and stand atop the podium.
Looking to gain as much experience as possible, the jet-setting La Rocca will now travel to Europe to meat the ever powerful F3 program of Team West-Tec. Set to contest in the Euro Open F3 with West-Tec, La Rocca will use the trip to England to familiarize himself with the team, car and equipment before competition later this year.