The Star Mazda competitors completed their first oval race of the year this weekend at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Not only was this the first oval race of the year for the series, it was also the first oval race (ever) for many of the drivers. That said, the series held official test days at both the Milwaukee Mile and the Iowa Speedway earlier this year.
Due to heavy rain in Milwaukee on Friday, the afternoon qualifying session was cancelled. The grid was formed using the drivers practice times.
Anders Krohn, last year's F2000 Champion, won Saturday's 100-lap race after starting seventh. The event marked his first career oval race as well as his first Star Mazda win. It was a well deserved victory for the Norwegian driver. He has been working very had with Mundill Racing and Larry Nash, developing their Star Mazda program. It seems all of their hard work has finally paid off. You can listen to a post race interview with Anders Krohn here.
Adam Christodoulou earned the hard charger title of the race by improving 10 positions. The Englishman started 12th and finished the race in 2nd place,.... just 1.223 seconds behind Krohn. The final result bumps Christodoulou back into the championship lead after losing it last weekend in New Jersey, due to a mechanical failure that sidelined him for much of the race.
Louisiana resident, Alex Ardoin finished the race in third place. Ardoin has been extremely impressive in his last few race events. He crossed the stripe just off Adam Christodoulou's rear wing --- .0554 seconds back. He trailed Anders Krohn by 1.777 seconds at the finish.
Canadian driver Michael Furfari also improved 10 positions---earning him a tie with Adam Christodoulou for the hard charger award. Furfari, who is currently the youngest Star Mazda competitor at 16 years-of-age, finished the race in 10th after starting 20th.
The fast lap of the race was set by Peter Dempsey- 28.652 seconds.
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