Utah: Thursday practice notes

FIRST PRACTICE TOOELE, Utah - Ron White, driver of the No.69 Team G.FRO Ad-Tech RC Twenty Pro Formula Mazda, led the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear's morning practice session Thursday at Miller Motorsports Park in preparation for...

FIRST PRACTICE

TOOELE, Utah - Ron White, driver of the No.69 Team G.FRO Ad-Tech RC Twenty Pro Formula Mazda, led the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear's morning practice session Thursday at Miller Motorsports Park in preparation for the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix with a best time of 2:38.692 (101.767 mph).

"It felt pretty good," White said. "We were seven-tenths quicker than second place, and we definitely have some more left, so we still gotta keep working at it and go out and put it on the pole and try to win this thing."

Devin Cunningham posted the second-fastest time in the No.33 AIM Autosport Discovery Channel Pro Formula Mazda.

"Practice went well," Cunningham said. "We knew we were very quick yesterday; it was just a matter of putting on some sticker tires and seeing what the car could do."

Cunningham overcame a sticky APV valve after Wednesday's morning session, and has been posting top-5 times since.

"It's my fourth formula car race and I'm second for the first practice," Cunningham said. "And on top of that, having people like Dane Cameron and Lorenzo Mandarino behind you is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to the next practice session."

Cunningham was followed by Series points leader Dane Cameron in the No.19 Ocean Tomo 300 /mockett.com Pro Formula Mazda.

"We struggled quite a bit yesterday," Cameron said. "We definitely made quite a few positive changes overnight. We still have quite a bit to go, but we are definitely headed in the right direction. We picked up time from yesterday, and the car feels much better."

Lorenzo Mandarino, in the No.23 Northwest Autosport Pro Formula Mazda, and Russell Walker, in the No.28 John Walko Racing Pro Formula Mazda, rounded out the top-5. The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear Pro Formula Mazdas will practice again at 3:45 p.m. EDT.

What the Star Mazda drivers are saying about Miller Motorsports Park:

"We definitely made quite a few positive changes overnight. We still have quite a bit to go, but we are definitely headed in the right direction. We picked up time from yesterday and the car feels much better. It's cooler than yesterday afternoon, I think. Two months ago, after Sebring, we tested here with here with some other teams, and we were quite a bit faster. For some reason, we were doing low, low 37's when we were here and the track felt really good, but it seems like the track has lost some grip. But the LMP cars are going to run tonight, so that should help us out quite a bit. The track will definitely be different tomorrow morning after they run." - Dane Cameron, No.19 Ocean Tomo 300 /mockett.com Pro Formula Mazda

"Practice went well. We knew we were very quick yesterday, it was just a matter of putting on some sticker tires and seeing what the car could do. To tell you the truth, we only got about two quick laps without being stuck in traffic or having a guy spin in front of me or go off. It was a bit frustrating. But it's my fourth formula car race and I'm second for the first practice. And on top of that, having people like Dane Cameron and Lorenzo Mandarino behind you is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to the next practice session. I'm pretty confident."

"I think because of the cooler track temperature, the engine will pull a lot harder. I think mostly the track will be better. Yesterday, we had a sticky APV valve, so we were losing about 16 mph down the straights. We figured it out after the first practice session. I can't wait to get out there for the next practice session."- Devin Cunningham, No.33 AIM Autosport Discovery Channel Pro Formula Mazda

"It felt pretty good. We were seven-tenths quicker than second place, we definitely have some more left, so we still gotta keep working at it and go out and put it on the pole and try to win this thing. It's looking good so far today, just gotta keep getting better every session.

The track didn't have as much grip, so we have to keep working on the car. The guys at G.FRO are doing a good job. We still have two more practices and qualifying, so it's not over yet. This weekend, the team has done a much better job than normal, they really stepped it up and they are doing a very good job this weekend, learning from it and getting better. Everybody keeps working harder every week." - Ron White, No.69 Team G.FRO Ad-Tech RC Twenty Pro Formula Mazda

"The weekend's been pretty good so far. We just tried a race distance in that session, on old scrub tires, so the time wasn't really relevant at all. But the balance is good. The afternoon session is important to lay down a time. The track conditions have changed quite a lot. Everyone has good setups. We definitely have a good setup, so hopefully this afternoon we'll have the right setup to do it. There's a lot of dust on the track. The ALMS cars will go out and they'll lay down a lot of grip on the track. It does change the balance of the car a lot. We've just gotta keep confident that we'll have a good run this afternoon." - James Davison, No.7 Velocity Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda

"Practice went well. We made a couple of adjustments that seem to be working well. We are still moving in a positive direction. The competition is getting faster, but so are we." - Alex Ardoin, No.51 Mundill Pro Formula Mazda

SECOND PRACTICE

James Davison posted a time of 2:59.988 in his No.7 Velocity Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda to top the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear's final practice chart Thursday for the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix.

"Once everyone was under equal conditions with new tires, it helped us see what to try to prepare for," Davison said. "The team's done a good job, it looks good for tomorrow." Ron White, in the No.69 Team G.FRO Ad-Tech RC Twenty Pro Formula Mazda, posted the second-fastest time.

"Practice went well," White said. "We were off by two-tenths, but I mean, we never really got a clean lap. We've got some more stuff to learn. I think it will be a lot better come race time."

Dane Cameron was third in the No.19 Ocean Tomo 300 /mockett.com Pro Formula Mazda, followed by Jonny Baker in the No.6 AIM Autosport Pro Formula Mazda and Nick Haye in the No.37 JDC Motorsports NHR Racing Pro Formula Mazda, Marco Di Leo in the No.21 Maxwell Paper Racing Pro Formula Mazda, Lorenzo Mandarino in the No.23 Northwest Autosport Pro Formula Mazda and Jonathan Goring in the No.14 Skip Barber Racing School Pro Formula Mazda.

Devin Cunningham, driver of the No.33 AIM Autosport Discovery Channel Pro Formula Mazda finished ninth, followed by Russell Walker in the No.28 John Walko Racing Pro Formula Mazda rounded out the top-10.

"We knew very well we weren't going to be the fastest," Cunningham said. "We were on old tires, so we knew we would lose time. But we're going to be prepared for what Saturday brings."

The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear Pro Formula Mazdas will practice again at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday.

-credit: star mazda

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Skip Barber , James Davison , Ron White , Russell Walker , Dane Cameron , Jonathan Goring , Devin Cunningham , Jonny Baker , Nick Haye , Lorenzo Mandarino