When the final checkered flag waved on the Star Mazda Championship in 2012 at Road Atlanta, there was little question as to who the most improved driver was.
Venezuelan driver Diego Ferreira’s average finish during his first 12 Star Mazda races was 9.5. In his final five races of the season, a very different driver emerged. Ferreira logged five consecutive top-five finishes for an average finish of 4.4 over that stretch propelling him to sixth overall in the drivers’ standings.
Ferreira’s hard work had paid off and his cultivation didn’t end at Road Atlanta. The 20-year-old driver continued his sedulous approach to improvement and betterment throughout the winter months. On Friday, at the season-opening event for the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship, Ferreira was rewarded for his work ethic. First with a pole position, then with a win at Circuit of The Americas in Texas.
Not only did Ferreira win at COTA, he drove away from the field in the No. 57 Juncos Racing car, escaping early pressure from Matthew Brabham, the 2012 USF2000 National Champion after setting the fastest lap of the race. In the end, American Spencer Pigot worked his way past Brabham on Lap 10 for second place. With Brabham securing the final podium spot, Juan Acosta and Petri Suvanto rounded out the top-five, respectively, on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course.
View the final results from Race 1, here.
The green flag for Race 2 will take place at 1:10 p.m. today. Live timing and scoring with commentary will be available at www.promazdachampionship.com.