“It was great to have my first event in the Pro Eseries in the Castrol Racing Ford Mustang, especially with the pink livery raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Trials,” Smith said.
The on-track results proved a bit of a reality check, though.
“To be honest the results were a little disappointing but there are some extremely fast guys in the series and all it takes is to be a couple of tenths down and you’re a fair way back so the field is really close,” Smith continued.
“I was fairly unlucky in the second race to get caught up in the crash on lap 1, I just had nowhere to go and that Belle Isle track is one that is really difficult with all of the bumps and how they upset the cars, plus the whole track is surrounded by walls.
“Silverstone suited me a lot better and I was actually able to have some pretty good battles and really enjoyed the race.
“Next week’s circuits will be a bit more similar to a Silverstone-style circuit so I’m looking forward to that and getting some more practice in this week.”
Round 2 next Tuesday night will involve visits to Montreal and Barcelona.
Walkinshaw Andretti United were the big winners in Round 1, with Josh Rogers and Dayne Warren taking a provisional one-two in the standings.