F-MAZDA: Winter Series set for opener in Somoma

Winter Series Races Open at Infineon Raceway First two races open at the historic Sears Point course this weekend This weekend is the opening of the Star Mazda Winter Series. "It is great to open the Star Mazda Winter Series with the car count...

Winter Series Races Open at Infineon Raceway
First two races open at the historic Sears Point course this weekend

This weekend is the opening of the Star Mazda Winter Series. "It is great to open the Star Mazda Winter Series with the car count we have," stated Ben Hettema series official. "We will have close to 20 cars on track, and a dozen of those cars are Pro Formula Mazdas."

Star Series competitor Billy Goshen will be back for his second season. Goshen was very competitive in last year's series, and after a full season in the 2008 Star Series he is sharper than ever. Goshen recorded one podium finish, 3 top fives and 9 top tens in the 12 race Star Mazda Championship Series this season. Goshen Motorsports has also entered Japanese F3 driver Toshihiro Deki in the Winter Series.

Young guns may think that they are the favorites for these events, but they will certainly be surprised by some of the regular Molecule Formula Mazda Challenge drivers. "This is the home track to many of the registered competitors, and some of these guys have 50 or more days a year on this track," mentioned Eric McCombs Series Administrator. "Patrick O'Neill who has won more than one local championship has a shop right next to turn 11, and he is on the track anytime it is available. Also 2008 Star Mazda Master's Champion Chuck Hulse has threatened a late entry, and Hulse has won at Infineon Raceway many times."

The Star Mazda Winter Series is comprised of 6 races over 3 weekends. The next two weekends will take place at Phoenix International Raceway in December and January on the 1.5 mile road course.

-credit: Formula Mazda Challenge

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Series Road racing
Drivers Billy Goshen , Chuck Hulse