Aussie racer's Texas test could lead to 2010 Mazda series drive Australian Daniel Erickson will test a USA Star Mazda openwheeler in Texas next week -- and if all goes well, a drive in the 2010 Star Mazda Championship could ...
Aussie racer's Texas test could lead to 2010 Mazda series drive
Australian Daniel Erickson will test a USA Star Mazda openwheeler in Texas next week -- and if all goes well, a drive in the 2010 Star Mazda Championship could follow.
Erickson will evaluate the one-make 'slicks and wings' category with leading Star Mazda team Mundill Racing on Tuesday and Wednesday (December 1 and 2) at MSR Houston Raceway.
The Australian Motor Sport Foundation 2009 International Rising Star will have exclusive use of Mundill's current model Star Mazda car during the test, which will comprise four sessions each day in both directions around the 3.38km road course.
Star Mazda is one of the most popular USA openwheeler development categories, boasting 20-plus fields at most of the 13 rounds in this year's IMSA-sanctioned championship.
It's also highly lucrative, with $US1.5M in end-of-season awards and a fully sponsored drive in the USA Formula Atlantic Championship for the overall winner.
Erickson, who completed a successful debut overseas racing season in British Formula Ford last month, is looking forward to trying the rotary-engined Star Mazda car.
"Although the British-spec Spectrum Formula Ford that I drove this year had similar dry weather slick tyres to the Star Mazda's, almost everything else about the two cars is different," he said.
"To begin with, there's quite a step up in power -- from the Formula Ford's 115kW to the Star Mazda's 180kW.
"The other obvious difference is that the Star Mazda has front and rear wings, whereas Formula Fords don't have them.
"Changing gears will be a new experience with the Star Mazda's six-speed sequential transmission, compared to the Formula Ford's four-speed H-pattern shift.
"The Star Mazda's also has a stronger and stiffer carbon fibre chassis than the Formula Ford's steel spaceframe."
Erickson will return to Australia after the test to concentrate on raising the necessary funding for his 2010 racing season.
The 3.38km MSR Houston Raceway, venue for Australian Daniel Erickson's Star Mazda Test next week