North Palm Beach, FL - 2005 Star Mazda Masters Series Champion John Pew began his 2006 racing season with high hopes for the year. His plans were to defend his championship with Velocity Motorsports and compete on a limited schedule in the Rolex...
North Palm Beach, FL - 2005 Star Mazda Masters Series Champion John Pew began his 2006 racing season with high hopes for the year. His plans were to defend his championship with Velocity Motorsports and compete on a limited schedule in the Rolex Sports Car Series. His season would experience some class wins but ended early with a shoulder injury.
John began the year racing in the famed Rolex 24 at Daytona with the Synergy racing team. "It was a last minute deal and a lot of fun. I had raced at the Daytona but never in a Porsche," stated Pew. "It took some getting used to but I adapted and it was a great experience."
March was a very busy month for Pew since he was racing back to back weekends in completely different race cars. First he would return to Sebring for the first Star-Mazda race of the season. John would get the season off to a great start and win the Masters Series while running upfront overall. Then it was off to Miami-Homestead for his first race in a Daytona Prototype. "Driving the Daytona Prototype was a big transition from a formula car," said Pew. "I was pleased to join Shane Lewis and the Southard team for the event. I was not able to get any pre-race testing, so I had a steep learning curve with limited track time. This experience did wet my appetite for the Daytona Prototypes and I look to race them again in the future!" exclaimed Pew.
John has been coached the past two seasons by recent Rolex Sports Car Series winner Oswaldo Negri, Jr. "This year John showed a lot more speed over his championship year and was greatly improved on the technical side," stated Ozz Negri. "Unfortunately, he did not get the results that he deserved. His results were not representative of his racing skills. I believe he could have easily finished in the top 12 overall this season. I know John is working very hard for 2007 and I look forward to seeing him back on the track."
Pew would continue to run upfront in the Star-Mazda Championship by claiming another class win in the Masters Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. His season, however, would experience a huge blow at the Formula 1 weekend in Montreal. John would get caught up in one of the biggest Star- Mazda accidents in the series' history. John would end up spending several days in a Montreal hospital. He would return to the Velocity team looking to return to the front.
"I believe my shoulder injury started to show itself at the Milwaukee Mile. Then the accident at Montreal made it worse," said Pew. "I dealt with the pain the rest of the season, but late in the season it be came too much at Mosport. I could not hold the wheel anymore in the high speed corners. I got lucky when the race was run in the heavy rain, which meant slower speeds. This ended up being my last race of the year," stated Pew. "I have to say that the event at Trois Rivieres was my highlight of the season," said Pew. "The race was fun, great circuit, great fans and a great town." "While John has only been driving for the last few years, his behavior in and out of the race car is truly professional," stated Velocity Motorsports Team owner, Ken Erb. "Many of the younger drivers in the series could learn quite a bit about how to prepare and how to think from him. There have been times during the season when his car was not the best. However, John always did the best he could. When his car was good, he was as quick as some of the young guns in the series," stated Erb.
John is now going through a strict regime of rehabilitation for his shoulder after surgery that took place last month. Depending on how everything progresses, he should be able to get back in a race car early next year. His vast experience in the Star-Mazda cars has opened the door to opportunities in the Indy Pro Series and he looks forward to racing again in a Daytona Prototype. "I am intrigued by the challenge of a more powerful IPS car and racing in the ultra-competitive Rolex Series, also the American Le Mans Series continues to interest me." John is working with the BMS Group as they pursue a personal sponsor for 2007. A marketing partner of John Pew's will be able to enjoy the benefits of partnering with a driver with such a diverse background and the opportunity to showcase their company in many different markets. For 2006, John enjoyed the continued support of NVG Residential www.nvgresidential.com. "I wanted to give NVG another championship in '06 but, circumstances related to the injury did not allow that to happen," said Pew. "I thank NVG for their support this season both on and off the race track."