Sean Burstyn Reunites with Juncos Racing for Autobahn Doubleheader Event This Weekend [IMAGE] Vero Beach, Fla., July 27, 2010 - Sean Burstyn, who competed with Juncos Racing in the team's inaugural season in the Star Mazda Championship presented...
Sean Burstyn Reunites with Juncos Racing for Autobahn Doubleheader Event This Weekend
[IMAGE] Vero Beach, Fla., July 27, 2010 - Sean Burstyn, who competed with Juncos Racing in the team's inaugural season in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear in 2009, will reunite with the Florida-based team for this weekend's doubleheader event at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois. Burstyn turned out his best result of the season last year at the 3.56-mile course with a fifth place finish, making the track both a likeable and memorable place for the young South Beach, Florida native.
"I'm so excited to be back," said Burstyn. "Last year I was privileged to be able to drive with the best team, car and driver in the series, and I'm proud to be able to do that again this weekend at Autobahn Country Club. I also want to thank my sponsor, The Collection, for supporting me at this event. I'm looking forward to recreating another great race weekend with the Juncos Racing team."
Burstyn, who is now a college student at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and Executive Board member of ChabadGW, also participated in a private test with Juncos Racing at the southern Chicago road course two weeks ago as part of his preparation for this weekend's activities. Burstyn will be sponsored for the weekend by The Collection, a luxury automotive dealership based in South Florida.
"I'm so glad to have Sean (Burstyn) back racing again," said Team Owner Ricardo Juncos. "He was one of the first Juncos Racing drivers starting back in 2003, so the amount of years we have spent together makes his relationship with the whole team that much stronger. Last year at Autobahn Country Club, Sean achieved an amazing result of fifth place in the first race that weekend, and I believe he could've finished even better than that for the second race if he hadn't had problems with his throttle.
"We tested there two weeks ago and after almost a year of not driving a racecar, Sean really surprised us with the quick lap times he was doing. I'm very confident that this weekend will be a good one for him and the whole team. Autobahn Country Club is a track that he really likes and has always been fast at, so I know he is looking forward to it as much as we are."
Teammates Conor Daly, Tatiana Calderon and Rusty Mitchell also participated in the private test two weeks ago to prepare for rounds eight and nine of the 2010 Star Mazda Championship. Daly, 18, has had an impressive run in the 2010 season thus far by winning four races in a row, matching the record for most consecutive races won, and never finishing outside the top four positions in seven total rounds. The Noblesville, Indiana native now leads the driver's championship by an overwhelming 41 points over Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn.
Rookie Tatiana Calderon left the last event at New Jersey Motorsports Park with her personal best race of the season under her belt. The young Colombian matched her best result of ninth position and thrived on the 2.25-mile road course. The 3.56-mile track at Autobahn Country Club is anticipated to be the perfect match for the 17-year-old's precise driving style, giving her the perfect chance to achieve her first top-five finish of the 2010 season.
This weekend will be the third race weekend with Juncos Racing for veteran Star Mazda driver Rusty Mitchell. The Texas boy joined the Championship leaders for round five at Iowa Speedway in June with plans to finish the 2010 season strongly as a Juncos Racing competitor and help the team in its running for the Team Championship title. Mitchell had an extremely successful test at Autobahn Country Club two weeks ago, leaving as one of the fastest drivers of the week and setting exciting expectations for success this weekend.
The doubleheader weekend in Joliet, Illinois will also constitute rounds four and five of the Visit Florida Cup, this season's "championship within a championship". The driver with the most points at the end of the seven-race Cup will win a Floridian dream vacation, courtesy of Visit Florida, the state's official tourism corporation. Conor Daly is currently tied for second place in the Cup with 110 points, just eight points behind leader Tristan Vautier. Thanks to the partnership with Visit Florida, this weekend's events will also be broadcast live on HDNet.