Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Thursday, June 5, 2003 – Malaysia’s ex-F1 racer is back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia enjoying family life with his wife Arianna and 5-month-old son, Alister, after racing successfully in four Champ Car races which spanned four countries in Mexico, USA, England and Germany over a period of eight weeks.
Yoong indicated that his time off from racing is a blessing in disguise as the time spent with the family is priceless. “When you are alwaalways on the road you miss out on spending time with family and I have been enjoying this period getting to know my son. Although not racing is fustrating, I thoroughly value the time I have with the people who matter to me most,” said Yoong.
As to when Yoong will be getting into a race car again, he said he’s not in too much of a hurry to chase down a ride, although definite offers have been made.
“It was really disappointing when the champ car drive ended; especially as we were doing so well. There was a real possibility to race at the front over there which made it very enjoyable. My first race at an oval in Germany was also an incredible experience. To race side by side at 200 mph for an entire race is something I would like to do again. In the meantime, there are a few other possibilities on the table to go racing again soon. I have always wanted to do some of the other great races like the Lemans 24 hrs. and Bathurst in Australia. So we are still working towards going racing, but for now, I will be spending a little time at home after so many years on the road,” intimated Yoong.
Meanwhile, Yoong is still training daily and busy meeting his numerous PR commitments in the month ahead with the Malaysian Sports Ministry and the Malaysian media. Amongst these commitments are TV and radio programme appearances and a possible visit to Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia. This will be Yoong’s first visit to East Malaysia since he first started racing 12 years ago.