David Ostella is among those headed to Sebring International Raceway this week for IMSA Spring Training. The Star Mazda Championship driver will join other series' regulars in the first testing session of the 2010 season. On board to test with AIM...
David Ostella is among those headed to Sebring International Raceway this week for IMSA Spring Training. The Star Mazda Championship driver will join other series' regulars in the first testing session of the 2010 season. On board to test with AIM Autosport from Friday to Sunday, the 18 year old is as thrilled as ever to slide back behind the wheel.
"I am so excited to get back in the car this week," Ostella said Tuesday. "It's been too long, and going to do the 25 Hours of Thunderhill turned into a tease as I didn't really get to race!"
Ostella will fly out Thursday and be on track all weekend. He's been spending the off-season staying in shape while honing his skills on a simulator and attending classes at St. Thomas of Villanova College. This season will prove pivotal in both his racing and academic future, as his success will guide him through the next few seasons.
"I will finish high school this June and then, depending how this season of Star Mazda goes, we will decide if I head to university in the Fall or wait," he said. "That said, I'm really looking forward to this season. I think it's shaping up very well and the Star Mazda Championship now provides a great opportunity for drivers on the Road to Indy. We should have a great field this year as well, and I think I can produce a championship run if everything goes to plan and we don't have major mechanicals leading to lost points."
Returning his attention to the weekend and testing, Ostella was very matter- of-fact on the task at hand in Sebring. "It's not about being the fastest ultimately," he said. "This test is more about learning the car and all the changes that have come for this season. The team needs to learn the car in more detail, and just get back into the groove of things. We may try a few different things, but generally just want a good, solid test to start the season."