If you haven’t already done so, make the jump over to RacingPress.com and read Tony John’s piece on up-and-coming Canadian driver Stefan Rzadzinski. This is a great read, folks. Don’t miss it.
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Canadian Gianmarco Raimondo claimed his third win of the 2012 European F3 Open Championship season Sunday at Brands Hatch, driving for RP Motorsport. The win allowed the 21-year-old race driver to reclaim the championship points lead (155). Raimondo won races earlier this season at both Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps.
F2000 Championship leader Robert La Rocca was also in attendance, finishing ninth in Race 1 before an incident early in Race 2 resulted in a DNF. Tatiana Calderon, former Star Mazda competitor, finished 10th and 12th on the weekend.
Raimondo will look to keep his championship push alive this weekend, July 22, at Paul Ricard in France. The Series will visit the Hungaroring, Monza, and Barcelona later this season.
American Conor Daly is scheduled to make his F3 Masters debut this weekend at Zandvoort in The Netherlands with Double R Racing. On Thursday, Daly completed his second aerodynamics test with Formula One’s Force India at Duxford Aerodrome. Qualifying took place this morning with Daly qualifying 13th, American Michael Lewis was 9th, and 2010 Team USA winner Felix Serralles qualified 14th.
If you haven’t done so already, make sure to jump over to pressdog.com and read Bill Zahren’s piece on the struggles young drivers face while learning and adapting to downforce while moving up the junior formula ladder. This particular post features up-and-coming Star Mazda driver Ashley Freiberg. Enjoy.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Felix Serralles’s win in Round 3 of the British F3 International Series at Oulton Park. Serralles edged Jack Harvey on the opening lap of the race and never faltered en route to a 2.843-second margin of victory. The win occurred in just his third start and first weekend in the series.
Earlier this year, Serralles, 19, won a race in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series after starting eighth at Manfeild. The former Team USA scholarship driver earned two podium finishes in 11 starts.
Jack Mitchell Jr. signed with Brian Graham Racing Team Grote for the Ontario-based F1600 Championship, the team announced today.
Mitchell, 15, has committed to drive the entire 14-race schedule for the prominent Canadian team — which recently announced it will become a Piper Race Car dealer in 2012. This is a good signing for BGR and a wise move for Mitchell to link up with a team focused on driver development. The Illinois native has been honing his craft in the Skip Barber ranks; finishing eighth in the 2011 Summer Series with multiple top-five finishes. This winter he has been further developing his skill set in the Skip Barber Winter Series producing two wins and four podiums in eight starts.
Mitchell will test with the team in April before making his debut May 5-6 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Mazda has done it again.
The revered automaker has stepped up its support — once again — of grassroots motorsports by securing a deal with Velocity Network to broadcast USF2000 National Championship and Star Mazda Championship races in 2012.
Both series will be featured on “The Mazda Motorsports Hour,” hosted by Rick Benjamin with assistance from James Hinchcliffe (USF2000, Star Mazda) and Randy Pobst (Mazda MX-5 Cup). Todd Lewis will serve as pit reporter to the booth.
This is pretty solid news for the Mazda Road to Indy development program and should offer good exposure for today’s up-and-coming open-wheel drivers. The hour-long broadcast will be shown on tape-delay, but will hopefully be shown at an hour that will help generate more exposure. Certainly, any tv exposure is better than none and a step in the right direction.
Good news — as well as highly-anticipated news — surfaced last week when it was announced that all Indy Lights races would be televised for the 2012 season.
The bad news?
Only the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be broadcast live. Iowa Speedway and Edmonton will both feature same-day coverage, while the other nine events will be tape-delayed. I’ve listed the schedule below.
Make the jump to see the TV schedule for 2012 Indy Lights races.
Juncos Racing team owner Ricardo Juncos won’t have any trouble securing at least one driver for the upcoming Star Mazda and/or Indy Lights seasons.
After traveling to Chile last week, Juncos signed an agreement with the Formula 3 Association of Chile and the Chilean Federation of Motor Racing (FADECH) which will allow each year’s Chilean F3 champion a funded opportunity to race in the Mazda Road to Indy with Juncos Racing. The team plans to field cars in both Star Mazda and Indy Lights.
This is a smart move by Juncos and should really help to develop the diverse talent in the Road to Indy. For Chilean Formula 3 drivers this is an outstanding opportunity to move up the ladder and gain additional exposure. Juncos Racing hopes to have several driver announcements in the coming month.
The team release did not indicate whether 2011 Chilean F3 champ Pablo Donoso — a former Star Mazda (’05-’06)and Indy Lights driver (’08-’09) — will join Juncos Racing in 2012. Donoso, 27, won the 2011 championship with six wins and eight podiums in 12 starts.