Star Mazda drivers were awarded for their performance in the 2011 championship Sunday evening following the Series’ season-finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition to the traditional place-prizes, several other awards were doled out. The list of the award winners can be found below.
Rookie of the Year: Sage Karam
Clutch Performer Award: Joao Jardim
Hard Charger Award: Carlos Linares
Most Improved Driver: Tatiana Calderon
The 2011 USF2000 National Champion Petri Suvanto earned a scholarship, with funding from the Mazda Road to Indy, to move up to the Star Mazda Championship in 2012. Suvanto, 18, capped off an impressive USF2000 season with five wins and 11 podiums in 12 starts.