Chaves Wins Star Mazda Race 2 at Mazda Raceway

Colombian racer Gabriel 'Gabby' Chaves scored his first-ever victory in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear in today's Race 2 at Mazda Raceway. Starting from the pole and leading every lap in the #19 JDC Motorsports / CLARO / Marca Colombia / Tecpro Mazda, he took the checkered 15 seconds ahead of yesterday's winner and 2012 series champion Jack Hawksworth in the #82 Team Pelfrey / TORGOEN Swiss Watches / EXA Networks Mazda. With his victory, Chaves became the sixth race winner of the season, including Hawksworth, Sage Karam, Connor De Phillippi, Martin Scuncio and Camilo Schmidt.

Finishing third and scoring his second podium of the weekend was Connor De Phillippi, driving the #2 Juncos Racing / ModSpace Racing / One24 Mazda; he won this race from the pole last year. Walt Bowlin won the Expert Series race-within-a-race for drivers 30 and older, finishing 16th overall in his #23 AIM Autosport / Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Mazda.

"This win is a great victory for me personally, for the JDC Motorsports team and my sponsors, CLARO and Marca Colombia," said a jubilant Chaves, who also set the fastest race lap. "I had a very fast car yesterday even though I finished second to Jack, and today, as soon as the race started, I felt very much in control and was able to pull out a good gap and work on driving each lap as perfectly as possible. We have had a very consistent season, with nine podium finishes, but now that I know what a Star Mazda victory tastes like, I'll go to the final race at Petit Le Mans in a few weeks hungry for another one."

Of the other battles being fought this weekend, Hawksworth, a rookie in the series, clinched the Rookie of the Year title as well as the series championship, and his team, Team Pelfrey, clinched the team championship. And with six in-class victories, Walt Bowlin also won the Expert Series championship.

Suffering most from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune this weekend was Sage Karam and the Andretti Autosport team. A pair of off-course excursions in yesterday's Race 1 put an end to his hopes of snatching the championship away from Hawksworth, and today, after starting 4th and running with the leaders, had a suspension failure put an end to his day and dropped him to a 19th-place finish. Adding insult to injury, his Andretti teammate, Zach Veach, went off in the closing laps, damaging his suspension and forcing him to retire just two laps from the end. He was credited with a 17th-place finish.

Notable drives include Camilo Schmidt, surprise race winner at Edmonton in the #21 Linares Racing Mazda who started 15th and raced his way up to 6th. His teammate, Carlos Linares, however, never made it to the start/finish line; a coming-together with two other cars during the starting scramble put his #20 Linares Racing / Mindeporte Mazda into the wall fifty yards shy of the starter's stand. And Lloyd Read, the 2011 West Coast Formula Car Challenge Champion who made his debut in the Star Mazda Championship this weekend, qualified an excellent 10th in the #16 JDC Motorsports / Flextronics Mazda and worked his way up to 7th by the finish. And Venezuelan racer Bruno Palli, who started 17th in the #15 Juncos Racing / Team Viso Venezuela Mazda ran a smart race to finish 10th.


Pos No. Name Hometown Team Laps
1 19 Gabby Chaves Bogota, Colombia JDC Motorsports 31
2 82 Jack Hawksworth West Yorkshire, England Pelfrey 31
3 2 Connor De Phillippi San Clemente, CA Juncos Racing 31
4 57 Diego Ferreira Maracay, Venezuela Juncos Racing 31
5 81 Petri Suvanto Nurmo, Finland Pelfrey 31
6 21 Camilo Schmidt Merida, Venezuela Linares Racing 31
7 16 Lloyd Read JDC Motorsports 31
8 83 Gustavo Menezes Coto de Caza, CA Pelfrey 31
9 9 Juan Piedrahita Bogota, Colombia JDC Motorsports 31
10 15 Bruno Palli Maracay, Venezuela Juncos Racing 31
11 22 Martin Scuncio Concepcion, Chile Juncos Racing 31
12 66 Zack Meyer Toronto, Canada Aim Autosport 31
13 18 Kyle Kaiser . World Speed Motorsports 31
14 33 Ryan Tveter Oyster Bay, NY Team GDT 31
15 53 Andres Mendez Bogota, Colombia Team GDT 30
16 23 Walt Bowlin Tarpon Springs, FL Aim Autosport 30
17 77 Zach Veach Stockdale, OH Andretti 26
18 91 Ashley Freiberg Homer Glen, IL JDC Motorsports 14
19 88 Sage Karam Nazareth, PA Andretti 11
20 20 Carlos Linares Caracas, Venezuela Linares Racing

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