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Star Mazda Testing Update

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm Star Mazda, Test

Several Star Mazda Championship teams are already focused on the 2010 season.  Drivers are beginning to look for their next rung on the motorsports ladder.  I have a few updates for you below.

As always, if you are a driver or a team doing off-season testing… make sure to email me with an update so I can post the news.

Star Mazda “Who’s Testing With Who?”

Andersen Racing- Isaac Lyons, Dom Bastien
Team Apex– Joao Horto, Jorge Goncalvez
Team GDT– Corey Lewis, Ashley Freiberg
Juncos Racing- Tatiana Calderon
World Speed Motorsports– Court Vernon, Sage Karam

Make the jump for a report on each of the drivers…

Isaac Lyons– Just completed his first year in car racing via the Skip Barber National Championship, finishing 5th in the 2009 final standings. Read more about Isaac Lyons here.

Joao Horto– Just completed his first year in car racing in the Formula BMW-Americas series.  Completed the year 4th in rookie standings and 7th in the overall championship.  Read more about Joao Horto here.

Jorge Goncalvez– Just completed his fourth year of car racing and his first year of Star Mazda competition.  He finished 9th in the overall championship with a best-finish of 4th at VIR.  He plans to contest the 2009/2010 Star Mazda Winter Series with Team Apex.

Corey Lewis– Just completed his second season of car racing with Skip Barber.  He ran a partial season this year in the Skip Barber National Championship.  His best-finish this season was 2nd at Virginia International Raceway.  He tested a Star Mazda car with Team GDT last month and plans to contest the Star Mazda Winter Series’ opening event next weekend at Infineon Raceway.

Ashley Freiberg–  Just completed her second year of car racing.  She spent the majority of her 2009 season running the Skip Barber National Championship.  Her best finish was third at Road America.  She also ran two Star Mazda races for Team GDT at the Autobahn in July.  She plans to run next weekend’s Star Mazda Winter Series’ opener at Infineon Raceway—also with Team GDT.

Tatiana Calderon– Tatiana is the 2008 Stars of Karting Eastern JICA (Junior ICA) Karting Champion.  She just completed her maiden season in the car ranks, running alongside former Star Mazda competitor Natacha Gachnang, in the Radical European Master Series…driving a Radical SR-5 Prototype car.  She will be testing a Star Mazda car with Juncos on November 2nd-4th, 2009—with hopes of running in the 2010 Star Mazda Championship.

Court Vernon & Sage Karam– As previously reported, Court Vernon and Sage Karam will both test a Star Mazda car at Thunderhill Raceway with World Speed Motorsports.  The test was awarded for outstanding performance in the 2009 Skip Barber National Championship.  For a close look at both drivers 2009 season—- click here.


Related Reading: Star Mazda Testing Update- September Edition


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