Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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.

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