For the fourth time in five starts David Ostella finished top-seven over the weekend as the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear visited Road America. Better yet, that number could well be five-for-five but for a broken shifter at...
For the fourth time in five starts David Ostella finished top-seven over the weekend as the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear visited Road America. Better yet, that number could well be five-for-five but for a broken shifter at Autobahn, and through the stretch of strong finishes Ostella has already surpassed his point total from the first half of the season with two races remaining on the schedule. The first to admit he was fortunate in Wisconsin when he took four spots on the final lap, the sophomore nevertheless is getting the job done in the second half of the season.
"One car broke on the final lap and there was a big crash in turn five that I was thankfully able to steer clear of," Ostella said in recounting a lap that took him from eleventh to seventh. "I got by one car in the corner and another on the exit, but obviously you become more concerned with everyone's safety with such a bad looking incident rather than how it affected your own race."
About his own race, after a solid standing start, Ostella soon realized he was in for a long afternoon with an inability to launch off the final turn and two cars were able to pass by using the draft along the straight early on. Ostella then retook the pair in turn five on the final lap, and if anything, perhaps there was karma at work.
"My start was okay, nothing spectacular, but my race was lost when I was hit during passing on the straight of all places." he said looking back. "After that something with the car was bent and it was really hard to drive. Both times the cars were using the draft and working fully past me and there was no need for them to turn in when they did. I had nowhere to go and really there's just no reason for the contact to have happened."
"Practice and qualifying was good and we were getting to where we needed to be," he continued. "The track was great and the elevation changes were awesome. It was a really long lap and just a fantastic experience to drive. We'd like another shot at that one, but we'll take the seventh and head for home!"
Home holds dual meaning for the Ostella as his next event at Mosport International Raceway will be his closest race to home in Maple, Ontario, and will also conclude a run of three races in three weekends. David has raced in all with support from Global Precast Intercontinental, Alpinestars, Masters Insurance, Pro Green Demoliton and RAW Integrated Ltd.