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Peter Dempsey Conquers Road Atlanta

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 25, 2009 at 11:14 pm hard charger, Star Mazda

Odds are that Irishman Peter Dempsey was feeling the pressure a bit more than usual this weekend.  A year ago, Peter was leading the Star Mazda Championship heading to Road Atlanta.  He had won four of his last five races going into the event.  He qualified on pole last year.  It seemed everything was going perfectly.  And then his luck changed.  He finished the event in 19th position after making contact with a lap car.  The result cost him the overall championship.

Determined to redeem himself, Peter returned to Road Atlanta this weekend.  Just like last year, he held the overall championship lead heading into the event.  It seemed like a flashback.  But there was one major difference.  Peter had another year of experience under his belt and he was focused on not making the same mistakes he made last year.  This year he won.

Peter Dempsey

photo: Star Mazda

Not only did he win, he led the entire race after qualifying on pole, his fourth of the year.  This was a special weekend for Peter as his parents made the trip over from Ireland.  It was the first time they had been over to the United States to watch Peter race.  Let’s just say, he didn’t disappoint.

Conor Daly finished the race in second place for the second time in as many races.  He trailed Dempsey by 7.769 seconds at the flag.  Daly is currently third in the overall championship with 1 win and 5 podium finishes.

Adam Christodoulou, who is currently second in the overall championship, finished the event in third after starting sixth.  Christodoulou is the only Star Mazda competitor capable of catching Peter Dempsey for the overall title.  Adam has two wins this season and six podium finishes.

Joel Miller finished fourth and was followed across the line by Alex Ardoin in fifth.

The hard charger of the event was Denis Navarro who improved 7 positions in today’s race.  Navarro qualified 14th after battling fuel pump issues but kept his head down and drove through the field to finish 7th.  The result marked his sixth top-ten finish of the season.

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The series returns to action on October 10th for the series finale at Laguna Seca.


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