Mazda Road to Indy
Bruna Tomaselli Looking for Improvement in Second Half
Entering her sophomore campaign in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda, Bruna Tomaselli has been continuing to learn and strive to get better on a weekly basis.
“I’m trying to have a good season – a lot of learning and very competition level of the Road To Indy is very high,” she told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “My goal is to finish the season and the races in the top 10, although I have not achieved that result in all the races so far, I continue to work hard, as well as the team, to finish the season in a good position and to fight for podium in the next stages.”
She added that she’s been surprised by how close everybody is, with the slightest difference in speed dropping you from first to 20th on the speed chart.
This past weekend in the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto, she would post a pair of 13th-place finishes in her first trip to the street course. As a result, she heads into the final stretch of the year sitting 14th in the series standings with a season-best coming in the season opener at St. Petersburg.
“My goals in the second half of 2018 are to continue to work hard, as we are doing all year, and for the last three stages continue to fight for podium and victory, add good points to bring good results for me and the team,” she commented.
The upcoming event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has been on her radar since the beginning of the season, being a “beautiful track,” and she has experience there with finishes of 13th and 15th in 2017.
For Tomaselli, she got her start in racing via go-kart at the age of seven.
“I always liked cars, and played with carts,” she said. “I used to play with cars rather than dolls, and I always asked my father to drive his car. He noticed that I liked it and one day we went to watch a kart race in a nearby town mine, and a few days later he said he was going to give me a go-kart. From then on, I started to compete and did not intend to stop.”
So far, some of the most memorable moments in her career including finishing third at SKUSA in 2011, her first open-wheel race, and first podium at F4 Sudamericana in 2016. Along the way, she has also been inspiring the next young generation of future female racers.
“There have always been very few girls running along with me since I started to race in go-karts, which is not very good because we (girls) have the ability, courage and ability to compete in race cars as well as other sports in the same way as men,” she said. “What I can say is always give the best and believe and not be afraid for being a girl because we can do it, and everyone loves.”
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