St. Petersburg, Fla. - In his first race weekend in six months, Bobby Eberle left the Streets of St. Petersburg with respective 10th and eighth place finishes. The TITLE Boxing Club driver battled electrical gremlins throughout the doubleheader race weekend but was still able to show the field that the off-season work had paid off.
“It’s always tough getting up to speed and getting the car dialed in on a street course because of the track conditions changing constantly,” said the 49-year-old Houston, Texas native. “We had a pretty consistent pace going into Race One and the World Speed Motorsports crew did a fantastic job. We just battled mechanical issues throughout the race and were playing catch up the rest of the weekend.”
In Race One, Eberle held on from starting ninth and settled into the 25-lap race and finished in tenth place. Despite the tough race, Eberle focused forward to the second race of the weekend, held at 4:45 pm on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, Race Two’s optimism faded as Eberle and team were exposed to another electrical issue. Eberle held on to finish in eighth position, collecting valuable points going into the series next race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His fast lap of the weekend, 1:15.7, put him right in the mix of several drivers who are decades younger.
For Eberle and World Speed Motorsports, the weekend will not be remembered by mechanical issues, but by the introduction of one of the most unique partnerships on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.
“This race meant so much to us, because we were really able to immerse ourselves with our new sponsor, TITLE Boxing Club,” said an enthused Eberle. “This partnership has become much more important than just competing on race weekends. It is about showing everyone in the INDYCAR paddock that age shouldn’t define you.”
Eberle visited the South Tampa TITLE Boxing Club on Wednesday evening, telling his story to the local participants in that evening’s class.
“Getting the opportunity to tell people about my life, how fit you truly have to be to race and how TITLE Boxing Club classes will improve their daily life is a really unique honor.”
Eberle will compete in his TITLE Boxing Club Pro Mazda machine next at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 11 and 12. For more information, visit Bobby-Eberle.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through @BobbyEberle13. You can also follow the hashtag #RookieStripes, which follows Bobby’s path en route to becoming the oldest rookie at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.