Star Mazda Series - Last Year's Champions Return To Mosport
Bowmanville, July 20, 2011: After a month-long break in the 2011 racing calendar, 2010 Champions Juncos Racing will resume the 11-race schedule this weekend with Round Six at a track that holds special meaning to them-Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario. The 2.4-mile road course was where last year the young team was crowned with their first championship title in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear with driver Conor Daly. Daly won both the pole position and the race at Mosport last year and clinched the 2010 title at the event with a record-breaking seven wins and twelve podium finishes throughout the season.
Though Juncos Racing has not yet won a race this season, its four talented drivers-Tatiana Calderon, Gustavo Menezes, Martin Scuncio and J.V. Horto-have each accomplished a podium finish in just the first five races, proving their worth and competitive abilities. In fact, a Juncos Racing driver has been on the podium in every event this season except for one, and even then they all finished in the top-ten positions.
Tatiana Calderon collected her first career podium earlier this year after a brilliant drive at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The 18-year-old's second best finish of fifth came at the end of this year's "Oval Season" at Iowa Speedway, the most recent race at the end of June.
Tatiana Calderon: "I'm so happy with the way my season has gone so far. I think I keep getting better, stronger and more confident with every race. I can't wait to race at Mosport this weekend and keep this good momentum going!"
Another driver who has gained serious momentum this year is teammate Gustavo Menezes. The 16-year-old rookie and international karting star made the considerable jump from go-karts to Formula cars this year and hasn't disappointed; he has improved his finishes in every race to date and succeeded in his first podium finish at last month's Iowa Speedway event.
Gustavo Menezes: "It's definitely been an exciting season so far. Finishing third at Iowa Speedway was amazing, and I think it's a really good sign for the rest of the year. This will be my first time at Mosport, so I'm really looking forward to getting on the track this weekend!"
Martin Scuncio, Juncos Racing's other rookie driver, will also being experiencing the 10-turn course at Mosport International Raceway for the first time this weekend. The Chilean racer has had an impressive debut thus far with two podium finishes and one pole position, and he currently lies fifth in the driver's championship with six races remaining to fight for the title.
Martin Scuncio: "So far, my season has had some really good moments and some not so great moments, but as a whole, it's been very successful. I've never been to Mosport before, but I'm really excited to race here this weekend and keep fighting for the championship title."
Teammate J.V. Horto recently found his stride with his first podium finish of the season at Iowa Speedway. The second-year Brazilian racer struggled at Mosport last year, but after matching his career-best finish of second at the last race, a new wind of confidence has driven him to go for his first win this weekend.
J.V. Horto: "After a great finish at Iowa Speedway, I'm sure we are going to keep the momentum going from here on out. I'm really looking forward to getting to Mosport this weekend and hoping I can get my first win here this year!"