2008 revised schedule announced

THE STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY GOODYEAR ANNOUNCES REVISED 2008 SCHEDULE Sebring, FL (March 13, 2008) -- With the unification of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League now official and a new open-wheel landscape beginning to take shape,...

THE STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY GOODYEAR ANNOUNCES REVISED 2008 SCHEDULE

Sebring, FL (March 13, 2008) -- With the unification of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League now official and a new open-wheel landscape beginning to take shape, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear has announced a revised 12-race schedule for 2008 with all races in major markets and all of them broadcast on the SPEED Channel. A revised broadcast schedule will be announced shortly.

Events at Houston, Cleveland and Toronto have disappeared from the schedule, but the Star Mazda Championship will still begin its 18th season with its traditional date at the 56th annual Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring International Raceway on March 14 and wind up the season at the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 18. The most substantial change to the schedule involves running two Star Mazda Championship races during the Portland weekend, July 26 -- 27, and the addition of a double race weekend at the brand-new New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 12 -- 14.

Previously-scheduled Star Mazda Championship races at Miller Motorsports Park, Watkins Glen, Portland (now a double weekend), Road America, Trois Rivier0x00e8s, Mosport, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca remain unchanged.

"Given the challenges and short time frame that the unification presented us with, this new schedule represents the minimum possible disruption while preserving the maximum possible benefits to our teams, drivers, sponsors and corporate partners," says Star Mazda Championship President Gary Rodrigues. "We even wind up with three races where we are a featured event rather than a support race. I would like to particularly thank Mazda for their extraordinary efforts and their commitment to the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder, of which the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is a proud and important part."

-credit: www.starmazda.com

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