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03/26/10
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Anders Krohn tops opening Star Mazda practice
Familiar names topped the time sheet the first time ever that the cars and drivers of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear took to the streets at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix.  Leading the list was Anders Krohn, pole-sitter for the Sebring season-opener last weekend.  His lap of 1:11.798 (90.253 mph) in the #47 Andersen Racing / Norse Cutting & Abandonment / Trallfa / Colosseum Mazda sets a bar that is likely to be raised later today during the afternoon session from 4:00 – 4:40 pm.  Second on the sheet, just .014-sec. behind, was Sebring race winner Tristan Vautier, who turned a lap of 1:11.812 (90.236 mph) in his #38 Andersen Racing / Moulin TP / Cecibon / Circuit du Laquais Mazda.  And rounding out the top-3 was Venezuelan Jorge Goncalvez, who qualified 7th and finished 2nd at Sebring in the #9 Team Apex / Wabash Capital Investments Mazda.  He turned a lap of 1:12.329 (89.591 mph) around the 1.8-mile, 14-turn course.

Rounding out the top-5 were Brazilian Caio Lara with a 1:12.545 (89.324 mph) lap in the #19 JDC Motorsports / MLD / ATW Mazda and Richard Kent, who had a disastrous outing at Sebring when a driveshaft on his #33 Team GDT / Traka Mazda broke on the reconnaissance lap, leaving him stranded by the side of the track while the rest of the field took the green.  He led early in the session and ultimately would up with a 5th-fast lap of 1:12.662 (89.180).

MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder scholarship winner Connor De Phillippi was 6th fast in the #11 JDC Motorsports / MAZDASPEED Motorsports / Skip Barber Mazda and the quickest of the trio of local drivers was St. Petersburg College student Nick Andries, who turned the 11th-fast lap of 1:13.574 mph (88.075 mph) in the #81 Andersen Racing / Team Pelfrey / Tampa Bay Auto Museum Mazda.

With a 17th-fast lap of 1:14.596 (86.868 mph), the quickest Expert Series (drivers 30-44 years old) racer was Californian Patrick O'Neill, making his first start of the season in the #64 / JDC Motorsports / O'Neill Construction Mazda.  The fastest Master Series (drivers 45 and older) driver, with a 22nd-fast lap of 1:16.611 (84.583 mph) was Puerto Rico racer Carlos Conde in the #31 Team GDT / Pronto-GMT / Olympus Securities Mazda.

Results

Pos

No. Name Best Tm Best Speed In Lap Diff Gap
1 47 Anders Krohn 1:11.798 90.253 23 - -
2 38 Tristan Vautier 1:11.812 90.236 26 0.014 0.014
3 9 Jorge Goncalvez 1:12.329 89.591 27 0.531 0.517
4 19 Caio Lara 1:12.545 89.324 21 0.747 0.216
5 33 Richard Kent 1:12.662 89.180 15 0.864 0.117
6 11 Connor De Phillippi 1:12.882 88.911 27 1.084 0.220
7 17 Mikael Grenier 1:12.888 88.904 18 1.090 0.006
8 22 Conor Daly 1:12.915 88.871 20 1.117 0.027
9 27 Court Vernon 1:13.011 88.754 21 1.213 0.096
10 18 Joao Horto 1:13.083 88.666 27 1.285 0.072
11 81 Nick Andries 1:13.574 88.075 26 1.776 0.491
12 66 Rusty Mitchell 1:13.583 88.064 17 1.785 0.009
13 28 Juan Piedrahita 1:13.841 87.756 18 2.043 0.258
14 13 Michael Furfari 1:13.851 87.744 27 2.053 0.010
15 85 Chris Miller 1:13.944 87.634 28 2.146 0.093
16 16 David Ostella 1:13.944 87.634 26 2.146
17 64 Patrick O'Neill 1:14.596 86.868 27 2.798 0.652
18 25 Tatiana Calderon 1:14.963 86.443 20 3.165 0.367
19 94 Hayden Duerson 1:15.211 86.158 27 3.413 0.248
20 20 Carlos Linares 1:15.280 86.079 22 3.482 0.069
21 65 JW Roberts 1:15.777 85.514 26 3.979 0.497
22 31 Carlos Conde 1:16.611 84.583 25 4.813 0.834
23 23 Walt Bowlin 1:17.504 83.609 22 5.706 0.893

After a final practice session this afternoon, Star Mazda Championship qualifying takes place from 8:50 – 9:35 am Saturday, March 27, with the 45-minute race scheduled to take the green light at 11:50 am Sunday, March 28.

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