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Laguna Seca: Dave MacDonald preview

MacDonald to Drive Mazda Protege for Tindol Motorsports In SPEED World Challenge TC Race Sunday at Laguna NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 11 - Trying to earn as many points as possible for Mazda in Sunday's SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car season...

MacDonald to Drive Mazda Protege for Tindol Motorsports In SPEED World Challenge TC Race Sunday at Laguna

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 11 - Trying to earn as many points as possible for Mazda in Sunday's SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., Tindol Motorsports has added kart racing star Dave MacDonald of North Canton, Ohio to its driver roster for that event.

Mazda is only two points down to Acura after 10 races in the manufacturers' championship, which will be determined by the outcome of Sunday's race.

MacDonald, a 21-year-old senior at Ohio State University majoring in business, marketing and finance, has been named to drive one of five Mazdas that the Charlotte, N.C.-based team has entered in the race, part of the Monterey Sports Car Championships. His car, a Mazda Protege sponsored by Sparco, Oakley and Xtrac, will be number 92.

Any points that MacDonald and his teammates can earn for Mazda will be crucial. In addition to MacDonald, Charles Espenlaub, Randy Hale, Johnny Kanavas and Ken Dobson will be carrying the team's colors at Laguna Seca. Espenlaub won the last race, held at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada last month.

MacDonald and his twin brother, Mark, have driven karts at the highest national level since they were 10, but this will be Dave's first professional road race.

He's looking forward to getting his first taste of the series and becoming one of the many race car drivers who have competed on the historic and picturesque 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course.

"The track is really challenging, and just the whole atmosphere of the Monterey/Carmel area is very appealing," MacDonald said. "The track has a lot of history. So many great drivers have competed there. I'm really looking forward to it."

MacDonald will work hard to get acclimated to the Mazda during a promoters' test day on Thursday. His brother Mark will act as his spotter and supporter throughout the weekend, leveraging the close bond between twins to gain what Dave hopes will be a competitive advantage.

There are two practice sessions at 8:55 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. on Friday before qualifying is held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Sunday's 50-minute race starts at 10:55 a.m. All times are local.

SPEED will broadcast the race on a same-day/tape-delayed basis at 6 p.m. Eastern. Live timing and scoring can be found on the Internet at world-challenge.com. Other interesting information can be found at speedvisionwc.com, scca.org, scca.com and mazdamotorsports.com.

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Drivers Ken Dobson , Charles Espenlaub , Randy Hale , Johnny Kanavas