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10/01/08
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Dempsey tops both Star Mazda sessions  
Peter Dempsey
Putting an exclamation point on his fastest time from the morning session (1:19.254 / 115.376 mph) Irishman Peter Dempsey turned the fastest lap in the afternoon session as well.  Under near-perfect racing conditions, cool and dry with a slight breeze, Dempsey turned a 1:18.496 (116.490 mph) in the #21 Andersen Racing/ LotusWorks/Allied Building Products Mazda.  Dempsey leads the Star Mazda championship battle with four wins in the last five races. 

Second-quick, after trading fast laps several times during the 45-minute session, was MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder scholarship winner Joel Miller with a lap of 1:18.625 (116.299 mph) in the #20 JDC Motorsports / Mazda / K&N Air Filters Mazda.  Miller, currently second in the championship battle, is the 2007 Skip Barber Pro Series Champion and MAZDASPEED Motorsport Driver Development Ladder scholarship winner.

Both times were under the fastest recorded lap of Road Atlanta by a Star Mazda Championship car; a 1:18.640 set (on much softer compound tires) by Scott Jenkins in 2005, but are not regarded as an official new lap record, which must be set in qualifying or the race.

Turning the third-fast time was John Edwards, moving up one spot on the time sheets from the morning session.  The American, racing for a Canadian team, sits third in the championship battle with three wins and four poles.  He turned a lap of 1:18.926 (115.855 mph) in the #7 AIM Autosport/Mobil1 Mazda.  Turning an identical lap, to the nearest thousandth of a second, was Valle Mäkelä, the Finnish driver who made his Star Mazda debut three weeks ago at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  He also turned a lap of 1:18.926 (115.855 mph) in the #31 Andersen Racing / Amitec / Allied Interior Products Mazda.  Rounding out the top-5 was young Tom Gladdis, who won in Portland and sits sixth in the championship, with a lap of 1:18.972 (115.788 mph) in the #5 Andersen Racing / Law firm of Marrache & Co. / Allied Building Products Mazda

Among the Expert (30 to 44) and Master Series (45 and older) drivers, the quickest was Master Series competitor Chuck Hulse, who has already clinched the Master Series Championship with seven class wins.  He turned a lap of 1:20.440 (113.675 mph) in the #12 JDC Motorsports / Silicon Salvage Mazda, a time good for 16th fast overall.  The quickest Expert driver – as he was in the morning session -- was Vancouver native Chris Cumming, who has already clinched the Expert Championship.  He set a lap of 1:20.961 (112.943 mph) in the #16 World Speed Motorsports / Inviro Medical Mazda, good for 18th fast overall.

Star Mazda Championship qualifying is scheduled to take place from 8:45 am to 9:30 am Thursday morning, October 2.  In the afternoon, Star Mazda drivers will visit children at the Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite as part of the Racing 4 Kids program.

Round 11 of the 2008 Star Mazda Championship will take place at the ALMS Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta on October 3, with the green flag scheduled to wave at 4:30 Friday afternoon.  The Road Atlanta race will be broadcast on SPEED TV Saturday, October 18 at 12:30 pm ET.

Race 1 / Round 9 from New Jersey Motorsports Park will air on SPEED TV Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm (ET), while Race 2 / Round 10 will be broadcast Sunday, October 12 at 1:00 pm (ET).  . The 2008 Star Mazda Championship season finale takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 18.

For more information on the Star Mazda Championship and its drivers, as well as the Mazda Motorsports ladder system, please visit and www.mazdausa.com.  For interviews, photos, etc., contact Star Mazda Championship Communications Director Peter Frey at (818) 906-6997 / StarMazdaPR@aol.com.

On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle.  At the track, you’ll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, RX-7 and other vintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the Soul of a Sports Car. 

Results

Pos No. Name Best Tm Best Spd Diff Gap
1 21 Peter Dempsey 1:18.496 116.490
2 20 Joel Miller 1:18.625 116.299 0.129 0.129
3 7 John Edwards 1:18.926 115.855 0.430 0.301
4 31 Valle Makela 1:18.926 115.855 0.430 0.301
5 5 Tom Gladdis 1:18.972 115.788 0.476 0.046
6 71 Kyle Marcelli 1:19.134 115.551 0.638 0.162
7 77 Charles Hall 1:19.322 115.277 0.826 0.188
8 51 Alex Ardoin 1:19.525 114.983 1.029 0.203
9 82 Billy Goshen 1:19.622 114.843 1.126 0.097
10 19 Caio Lara 1:19.829 114.545 1.333 0.207
11 17 Scott Rettich 1:19.985 114.321 1.489 0.156
12 30 Rick Rosin 1:20.107 114.147 1.611 0.122
13 48 Kristy Kester 1:20.131 114.113 1.635 0.024
14 15 Taylor Hacquard 1:20.178 114.046 1.682 0.047
15 57 Court Vernon 1:20.428 113.692 1.932 0.250
16 12 Chuck Hulse 1:20.440 113.675 1.944 0.012
17 55 Gerry Kraut 1:20.709 113.296 2.213 0.269
18 16 Chris Cumming 1:20.961 112.943 2.465 0.252
19 24 J.C. Kester 1:20.991 112.901 2.495 0.030
20 22 Rusty Mitchell 1:21.104 112.744 2.608 0.113
21 65 J.W. Roberts 1:22.265 111.153 3.769 1.161
22 4 Chris Hundley 1:24.056 108.785 5.560 1.791

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