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01/24/10
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Daly Leads Day Two of Spring Training
Spring Training for the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear resumed on Saturday (January 23), with the cars returning to Sebring International Raceway road course in Florida.

With heavy fog in the area, day two of the lone official pre-season Star Mazda test commenced with a total 22 cars taking to the historic Sebring road course for morning session. While the session was briefly halted for cars off-course, the vast majority of the race pilots were able to quickly get up to speed. When the checkered waved, the top three on the time charts had all bettered the Mikael's Grenier's quick time from day one. Returning race winner Conor Daly led the way, turning a fast lap of 2:01.128 in his Juncos Racing entry.

Fellow former Team USA Scholarship driver and newly signed JDC MotorSports racer Connor De Phillippi was second quickest in the session, making the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder pilot the fastest rookie. Grenier in his Andersen Racing entry was third fastest, while 2009 race winner Richard Kent, in a Juncos Racing car, and series veteran Rusty Mitchell, piloting a Mitchell Motorsports entry, completed the top-five.

After an afternoon break for the drivers and teams, the Star Mazda cars returned to Florida road course for another one hour and 10-minute session. While a vast majority of the teams focused on their particular test programs, it was not long before quick times began appearing on the timing monitors. Building on his morning success, Juncos Racing's Daly continued to be the driver everyone was chasing when the checkered flag waved, turning a fast time of 2:01.256, a tenth slower than his morning time. Andersen Racing's Anders Kron, rebounded from gearbox issues in the morning session, moved to second after the lunch break with a time of 2:01.540. Andersen Racing rookie Tristan Vautier continued his strong showing in his inaugural Star Mazda outing, posting the third fastest time (2:01.788). Completing the top-five in the fourth of what will be six sessions during the three-day test, were Team Apex Racing's Jorge Goncalves and Juncos Racing's Court Vernon, the top rookie.

The Spring training for the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear drivers and teams concludes on Sunday (January 24), with two more test sessions at Sebring International Raceway.


Day Two Morning Session Results

Pos. Driver Team Fast Time
1. Conor Daly Juncos Racing 2:01.128
2. Connor De Phillippi JDC MotorSports 2:01.714
3. Mikael Grenier Andersen Racing 2:01.758
4. Richard Kent Team GDT 2:01.976
5. Rusty Mitchell Mitchell Motorsports 2:02.210
6. David Ostella AIM Autosport 2:02.300
7. Tristan Vautier Andersen Racing 2:02.542
8. Jorge Goncalvez Team Apex Racing 2:02.714
9. Joao Horto Team Apex Racing 2:02.886
10. Anders Krohn Andersen Racing 2:02.902
11. Court Vernon Juncos Racing 2:03.015
12. Caio Lara JDC MotorSports 2:03.395
13. Michael Furfari AIM Autosport 2:03.475
14. Chris Miller JDC MotorSports 2:03.609
15. Garry Findlay Mundill 2:05.002
16. Gerry Kraut (M) JDc MotorSports 2:05.592
17. Cory Lewis Team GDT 2:05.609
18. Dom Bastien (M) Andersen Racing 2:07.420
19. Tatiana Colderon Juncos Racing 2:07.769
20. Carlos Conde (M) Team GDT 2:08.147
21. Walt Bowlin (M) AIM Autosport 2:14.087
22. Zach Meyer JDC MotorSports 2:58.281

Day Two Afternoon Session Results
Pos. Driver Team Fast Time
1. Conor Daly Juncos Racing 2:01.256
2. Anders Krohn Andersen Racing 2:01.540
3. Tristan Vautier Andersen Racing 2:01.788
4. Jorge Goncalvez Team Apex Racing 2:01.812
5. Court Vernon Juncos Racing 2:02.193
6. Joao Horto Team Apex Racing 2:02.374
7. Connor De Phillippi JDC MotorSports 2:02.381
8. Rusty Mitchell Mitchell Motorsports 2:02.528
9. Mikael Grenier Andersen Racing 2:02.605
10. Richard Kent team GDT 2:02.616
11. David Ostella AIM Autosport 2:02.756
12. Caio Lara JDC MotorSports 2:02.768
13. Chris Miller JDC Motorsports 2:02.949
14. Michael Furfari AIM Autosport 2:03.087
15. Garry Findlay Mundill 2:04.598
16. Tatiana Calderon Juncos Racing 2:05.234
17. Cory Lewis Team GDT 2:05.328
18. Gerry Kraut (M) JDC MotorSports 2:06.538
19. Dom Bastien (M) Andersen Racing 2:07.756
20. Carlos Conde (M) Team GDT 2:07.933
21. Walt Bowlin (M) AIM Autosport 2:10.649
22. Zach Meyer JDC MotorSports No-Time
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