Sebring: Team Bucknum Racing race notes

Scott Jenkins earns top ten finish at Sebring March 18, 2005. Sebring, FL. Scott Jenkins began his run for the 2005 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear title with an eighth place finish in Friday's opening round at Sebring ...

Scott Jenkins earns top ten finish at Sebring

March 18, 2005. Sebring, FL. Scott Jenkins began his run for the 2005 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear title with an eighth place finish in Friday's opening round at Sebring International Raceway, as part of the American Le Mans Series 12 Hours of Sebring activities. Driving the #31 Environmental Fibers International Team Bucknum Racing Mazda, Jenkins hopes to use this top-ten finish as a springboard to success for the season.

"While I would've preferred to finish on the podium today it still feels good to get a top ten finish to start the season," Jenkins said. "The Star Mazda Championship has become so competitive, and the field has gotten so deep that you can't afford to have a bad result. The Team Bucknum crew gave me a solid car and now I'm looking to build on this result in the same way I did last season."

Jenkins, from Portland, Oregon, finished seventh in last year's event at Sebring, and remained in the championship hunt till the very end of the 2004 championship, finishing third behind Michael McDowell and Dan DiLeo. This season he believes the addition of crew members from Team Bucknum's American Le Mans Series effort will help push him to the title.

"This season team owner Jeff Bucknum committed the team's efforts to this championship, and as a result he has brought over the crew that produced multiple class victories for the team in LMP2 competition," Jenkins revealed. "With this being their first race weekend in the series I think everyone is pleased the results were so strong. They are a great crew and will pick up on the intricacies of this car and this series quickly."

The opening round of the championship will be televised by Speed Channel on Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Round Two of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear will be held at Road Atlanta on April 15-17.

To learn more about Scott Jenkins please visit his website at www.scottjenkins.us.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Michael McDowell , Jeff Bucknum