Billy Frazer is targeting a robust finish to his rookie USF2000 series after a couple of challenging months on the race track.
Frazer is 11th in the championship and is the fourth highest ranked rookie driver with three race weekends remaining.
However, the latest round at Road America was one Frazer admits was a tough one to chew on.
In race one, he retired on the opening lap after another driver collided with him.
Then, starting last for race two, Frazer muscled himself through the midfield to be 13th at the chequered flag.
“It was a tough weekend,” Frazer told Velocity News.
“Things didn’t really go our way.
“But I am a racer, and I will give it everything to bounce back.”
Frazer kicked off the season with a standout performance at Barber Motorsport Park, which included a fourth and sixth place finishes.
Despite yet being able to repeat these results, Frazer is confident he can muster together a strong finish to the year.
“[I’ve] definitely come a long way this year and the results might not show that,” he said.
“We are going to a new track every race and learning those.
“The car also has both strengths and weaknesses, and we have identified those and will work on them.
“We had a good start to the year and now it is time for a really good finish.”
In May, Frazer had his debut race on an oval.
The high-speed, narrow confinements of the oval were vastly different to what Frazer was used to, having developed his skills on traditional race circuits.
Still, he quickly learnt the ins and outs of ovals, and on the challenging Lucas Oil Speedway he managed to finish 13th.
“There were some hairy moments, not going to lie,” he said.
“Having a spotter in your ear was really cool. The only way to describe it really is that it is almost exactly like how it is on racing games.
“You are constantly looking ahead, and while you have your mirrors, you have to trust the eyes above.
“The oval was staggered camber, which meant the fastest line is up the top.
“To overtake someone, you really have to commit. Sometimes it takes two to three laps to pass someone.
“So, the whole thing is a big game of roulette.”
Mid-Ohio is the next meeting on the calendar and is scheduled for next weekend.
After that, Frazer has a six week break between rounds and he intends to return home to New Zealand for a duration of that period.
But looking ahead, with three rounds left to unfold, Frazer has chalked out his final few goals.
“You always want to aim for the front, that is everyone’s goal always.
“But for me, the goal is to qualify in the top ten.
“I have got better in the racing aspects of things but my qualifying needs to improve.
“So, if we can qualify in the top ten then we can race from there.”