RUNNING CIRCLES AROUND REST
MARTIN IN IMPRESSIVE OVAL DEBUT
ANTHONY Martin’s aim to one day become an IndyCar Series champion took another step forward last week when the Banksia Grove racer made his oval track debut in the USF2000 championship and finished a creditable fourth at the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Earlier, he and other USF2000 drivers received tips on oval racing from IndyCar legend Rick Mears.
“The greatest advice was to be smooth with every move you make on an oval,” Martin said.
Martin put the advice to use right away and qualified fifth, but was able to gain a place on the first lap and hold it.
Team owner John Cummiskey was full of praise.
“We knew coming in that Anthony was going to do well for us, and he absolutely exceeded expectations for his first oval track start,” Cummiskey said.
The series next heads north for a double-header event on the streets of Toronto.
Martin will look to continue or improve on his streak of topfive finishes that now span four consecutive races, spearheaded by podium finishes at Nola Motorsports Park, where he came second, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, where he finished third.