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Star Mazda Testing Update

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 7, 2009 at 10:09 am Star Mazda, Test

The Star Mazda Championship has two events remaining in 2009; Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca.  Several teams took part in a test at Road Atlanta last Thursday (September 3rd).  The test included several of the Star Mazda regulars, but there were also a few new faces in the crowd.  Most of you are familiar with the current drivers, so here’s an update on who’s eyeing a possible Star Mazda start late this season or in 2010.

JDC Motorsports– Chris Miller (2009 F2000 Champion)

Team GDT– Court Vernon

Andersen Racing– Carlos Linares, Connor De Phillippi

Mundill Racing– Anthony Furfari

Chris Miller is planning on running the final two Star Mazda events of 2009 with JDC Motorsports in preparation for a full 2010 campaign in the series.  He is also scheduled to run in the Laguna Seca stop of the Molecule Pro Formula Mazda series on October 10th, in preparation for the Star Mazda season finale… held the same weekend.

Court Vernon has been very impressive in the Skip Barber National championship and will likely pursue a Star Mazda ride for 2010.  He has been solid in karting and Skip Barber, so I expect more of the same from him regardless of which series he runs in 2010.

Carlos Linares has experience in a Formula Ford 1600 car, he finished 3rd in the Formula Ford Venezuela Series in both 2007 & 2008.  This season, he has been participating in select Skip Barber National events.  I would expect him to spend another year in Skip Barber prior to making the jump to Star Mazda.

Connor De Phillippi has been dominant this year in the Skip Barber National Championship and will likely use the MazdaSpeed Development Ladder to continue his career in 2010.  I expect to see him running full time in the 2010 Star Mazda Championship.

Anthony Furfari, who is the younger brother of Michael Furfari, is planning to join the Star Mazda Championship when he turns 16.  In the meantime, he has been developing his craft in the karting and Skip Barber ranks.  When the time comes, he should do quite well in the series.


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