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Bobby Eberle Completes Tripleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 31, 2017) – After nearly a month away from the Mazda Road to Indy circuit, Bobby Eberle finished the sole tripleheader event of 2017 with ninth, 11th and seventh-place finishes in Rounds seven, eight, and nine of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.

Prior to the Mid-Ohio event, Eberle was granted an Indy Lights license, something the Texan has worked tirelessly for this season. The 49-year-old is determined to become the oldest rookie in history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and is aiming at taking part in the 2018 Freedom 100.

With that news in hand and his improved pace and finishing positions, Eberle arrived at Mid-Ohio filled with confidence.  However, the event turned out to be one of the most challenging of his career.  Eberle’s weekend got off to a rough start as he battled an ill-handling racecar, resulting in a ninth-place qualifying result for race one. The Houston, TX resident remained in ninth position for the entirety of the first race.

The second race of the tripleheader weekend was a better affair for the series veteran after qualifying seventh. Eberle was moving up to challenge for sixth-place when his throttle stuck in a turn, causing him to go off track and lose valuable positions.  Toward the end of the 35-minute contest, Eberle was fighting for eighth position but made contact with a competitor while fighting for position, relegating him 11th position where he would eventually cross the finish-line.

In the final race of the weekend, Eberle’s seventh-place qualifying effort would position the World Speed Motorsports driver for a successful 30-minute race. After a clean start and consistent race pace, his battle to hold on for seventh displayed Eberle’s tenacity and race craft. Eberle would finish the 23-lap contest in seventh, setting his fastest race lap on the final lap.

Up next, Eberle will compete in Round 10 of the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship season at Gateway Motorsports Park, August 25 – 26. The sole oval race of the season kicks off with practice on August 25, and culminates with a same-day qualifying and race on August 26.

Bobby EberlePost-Weekend Quote: “Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite tracks, so we really just had high hopes for the weekend. We’ve come close this season, closer than I’ve ever been, and our target from the get-go was a top-five finish. The track was in great shape, but we really struggled with the set-up.  We made so many changes, and yet the car felt so far out of balance.  We were closer in Race 2, but then had the throttle stick in the corner, and it really ruined our race.  Finally, on the last race of the weekend, we found a set-up that worked. So, to qualify up higher, to finish seventh, and finally show some speed in the weekend was a good way to end it. We could have had a better weekend, had we found that from the beginning with all the sessions and all the races that we had in Ohio, but to at least know that we’ve got the pace to continue moving up is good. Hopefully we will get out the box a little faster with our upcoming races at Gateway and Watkins Glen.”

TJ Fischer to Climb 63 Flights of Stairs in Support of Lung Health

TJ Fischer to Climb 63 Flights of Stairs in Support of Lung Health

Professional racecar driver TJ Fischer joins Southern California participants as they aim to climb more than a thousand steps in a unique endurance event to benefit lung health

WHAT:        American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb
WHEN:       Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:     Aon Center:  707 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90017

Team Pelfrey Pro Mazda pilot TJ Fischer will participate as a Team Captain in the American Lung Association in California’s 10th annual Fight For Air Climb on April 8 to raise funds and awareness for healthy lungs. (photo courtesy of TJ Fischer)

. The Fight For Air Climb is the only event in Los Angeles that challenges individuals and teams to ascend the entire height of the 858 foot skyscraper, the 3rd tallest building in Los Angeles.

Breathing is something that people take for granted, but there are many who struggle to breathe everyday. 23-year-old Fischer knows this all too well as he was diagnosed with asthma at a very young age. “I’m very excited to be a Team Captain for the Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Los Angeles,” said Fischer. “I want everyone to know that living with asthma doesn’t mean that you can’t live your lives.  That’s why I’m inviting everyone to join my Climb team – #Race2TheRescue – to help the Lung Association raise funds for lung disease research and educational programs.”

Fischer suffered a severe asthma attack during a race in 2015, and ever since then, he has been a fierce supporter of those living with asthma. His participation in the Fight For Air Climb is an example of that, as well as his creation of Project O2, a campaign that vows to inform, inspire, and innovate a new path to asthma awareness.

Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., responsible for one in six deaths nationwide. More than 24 million Americans have asthma, including over 6 million children.

The Fight For Air Climb is a unique and exciting endurance event that has been reaching exhilarating heights in Los Angeles for 10 years. Participants, like Fischer, climb individually or with a team to support friends and loved ones who are affected by lung disease including lung cancer, asthma, and COPD. Funds raised from the event go towards clean air and lung disease research, education and advocacy. The event is open for all fitness levels. For more information, to support or register, visit

About the American Lung Association in California
The American Lung Association in California is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association in California or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-685-4872) or visit

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