The Star Mazda competitors were in New Jersey this past weekend as part of the Mazda Formula-X event. The drivers completed Round 4 & 5 of the championship, which was broadcast live on HDNet.
The hard charger of Round 4 at New Jersey Motorsports Park was Irishman Peter Dempsey. Dempsey improved 9 positions----which turned out to be the most of all the open wheel competitors over the weekend---to finish 6th after starting 15th. Overall, the weekend wasn't one of Dempsey's best, but he did finish both races inside the top-ten... which moved him into the overall lead for the points championship. Conor Daly had a breakthrough weekend, taking his first Star Mazda win. Daly won the race by 1.292 seconds over Adam Christodoulou. Canadian driver, Mikael Grenier finished third, which marks his best career Star Mazda finish. I was very impressed by Mikael this weekend, he improved 5 spots (8th-3rd) to obtain his first career Star Mazda podium. (he repeated the result in Round 5--see below).
The hard charger of Round 5 was Kevin Toledo who drove from 23rd to 16th...improving 7 positions. Englishman Richard Kent returned to his winning ways and claimed the top spot in Sunday's race. Kent ran a near perfect race but was followed closely by Louisiana's Alex Ardoin. Alex ran a great race and, once again, impressed everyone with his speed. Mikael Grenier returned to the podium for the second time in as many races. Adam Christodoulou had a suspension failure early in the race which sidelined him and ultimately dropped him from the top spot in the overall points.
(photo: Eric McCombs/Star Mazda)
Thunderbolt Raceway (NJMP)
Round 4 Results
Round 5 Results