Road America qualifying notes

DiLeo earns pole position at Road America Saturday, August 20, 2004. Elkhart Lake, WI. Daniel DiLeo padded his championship points lead with an additional point after capturing the pole position this morning in qualifying for Round Seven of the...

DiLeo earns pole position at Road America

Saturday, August 20, 2004. Elkhart Lake, WI. Daniel DiLeo padded his championship points lead with an additional point after capturing the pole position this morning in qualifying for Round Seven of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship at Road America. With his second pole position of the season, after a record setting lap of 2:04.621, DiLeo now leads Michael McDowell by 31 points heading into this afternoon's 19-lap race.

Lining up second on the grid will be Scott Jenkins, of Portland, Oregon, who brought his Environmental Fibers International/Team Bucknum Mazda car around the 4.048-mile circuit in 2:04.934, edging out McDowell and his Drive4USA/Sparco/Star Race Cars Mazda by 0.072 seconds.

Starting fourth overall will be Raphael Matos; the reigning Skip Barber national champion from Belo Horizonte, Brazil lapping the circuit in his Hearn Motorsports prepared Showtime/Samsung/Skip Barber sponsored Mazda in 2:05.203.

Brian Frisselle, selected this weekend to be a participant in the 2004 Red Bull Driver Search, held the pole position for much of the session before dropping to fifth in his Ventura Travel Service/Skip Barber Mazda prepared by long-time sportscar entrant G&W Motorsports.

With forty drivers entered for the event, the Star Mazda Series will present the largest field of any professional open-wheel racing series in North America this season, and continue the successful debut season of the new Pro Formula Mazda. The Pro Formula Mazda features a carbon fiber chassis powered by the Mazda "Renesis" Rotary engine.

Saturday's race is scheduled for 19-laps and is slated to begin at 3:05 PM Central Time.

Notes:

Jamie Bach, of Saukville, Wisconsin, is celebrating his 21st birthday on Saturday. Currently sixth overall in series points, Bach has qualified his Sirius Satellite Radio/Mazdaspeed/BK Motorsports Mazda seventh as he looks to return to the podium.

CR Crews III, the sixteen-year old hot shoe from Frisco, Texas, that claimed a podium finish in only his second series event at Lime Rock Park, will join Brian Frisselle in the 2004 Red Bull Driver Search. Crews will start twelfth this afternoon. Crews, the youngest driver in the series, is tied with Matos for seventh in the championship.

Dan DiLeo has finished on the podium in each of the first six events of the season and leads the Rookie-of-the-Tear standings in addition to the overall championship. DiLeo's teammate McDowell, last year's Rookie-of-the-Year, has won four races this season.

Round Seven of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear will be televised on Speed Channel on September 19th at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Michael McDowell , Skip Barber , Brian Frisselle , Daniel DiLeo