Road Atlanta II: Velocity Motorsports race notes

Velocity Motorsports supports Racing For Kids® at Road Atlanta Prospect Hill, NC - The Star Mazda Series presented by Goodyear returned to the red-clay hills of northern Georgia for the penultimate round in the championship. Velocity...

Velocity Motorsports supports Racing For Kids® at Road Atlanta

Prospect Hill, NC - The Star Mazda Series presented by Goodyear returned to the red-clay hills of northern Georgia for the penultimate round in the championship. Velocity Motorsports's drivers Mark Patterson, John Pew and Phil Saville looked forward to the weekend race event. This weekend also had a very special feel as the Star-Mazda Series was supporting the Racing For Kids® program. The Velocity Motorsports Team was very much a part of the weekend events. "I am very happy that the team is behind such a great cause," stated Patterson. Retired Indy Racing League star Robbie Buhl is the national spokesperson for Racing For Kids® and heads the Racing For Kids® team. The national charity is designed to use the popularity of motorsports to bring attention and funding to the healthcare needs of children. Since being founded in 1989 drivers have visited with more than 15,000 sick youngsters in over 325 hospitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. "I first learned of the program when I competed in the Skip Barber Series," said Pew. "The organization is great and I look forward to supporting it." The Velocity Motorsports Star-Mazda race cars will carry the Racing For Kids® logos for the remainder of the season and the logos are also present on the driver's helmets. "It is a pleasure to race for the kids," said Saville. "It is great to also have Robbie Buhl behind this great program." For more information on Racing For Kids® visit www.racingforkids.org.

With only two races remaining in the season and the Master Series Championship was still up for grabs, John Pew is determined to win it this season. The team used the promoter test day as a car set up day for the race. Test driver, Oswaldo Negri, Jr., fresh off a podium finish the previous week in a Daytona Prototype with Mark Patterson, spent the test day sorting out the setups. "The team was pleased with the progress that Ozz made today in the test session," said team engineer Ian MacPherson. "The rest of the test day was great for car setups for the other drivers." The series drivers would get three official test sessions to finalize their car setups prior to qualifying. One of the test sessions were under wet conditions and only 12 of the 30 race cars ventured out on the circuit. Of course all three Velocity drivers took part in the session. Despite fewer laps in their qualifying session in group one, the Velocity drivers had good results with Pew leading the way with a 16th overall time. "It was one of our best qualifying sessions of the season," stated MacPherson.

The race would produce mixed emotions for the Velocity Motorsports team. After excellent starts by all three drivers, the team settled into race mode. However, early in the race Saville's side radiator would catch a rock and split bringing an early end to his race. Patterson would continue his steady pace during the race and come home in third place in the Masters Series. Pew would have a great race finishing 17th overall and first in the Masters Series.

The team heads across the country to California for the last round of the season at Laguna Seca. Pew continues to maintain his first place status in the Masters Series and 15th position in the overall standings. Patterson is in fourth place in the Masters Series and Saville is in sixth place in the Expert Series points. For more information on the television broadcasts, visit www.starmazda.com. For more team information, visit the BMS Group at www.burrismotorsport.com. And remember to support the Racing For Kids® program!

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Skip Barber , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , John Pew , Mark Patterson , Phil Saville