Red Bull Driver Search Finalist Casey Neal Tests Pro Mazda Atlanta, GA January 23, 2006: Red Bull sensation Casey Neal took his first laps in a Star Mazda at Roebling Road racetrack on January 21. Racers Edge Motorsports provided the...
Red Bull Driver Search Finalist Casey Neal Tests Pro Mazda
Atlanta, GA January 23, 2006: Red Bull sensation Casey Neal took his first laps in a Star Mazda at Roebling Road racetrack on January 21. Racers Edge Motorsports provided the opportunity for the young 17 year-old High School Junior from Middletown, OH to commence his transition from karts to the opening rungs of professional motorsports.
"I really want to thank Racers Edge for this great opportunity," said Neal. "They gave me more than 100 laps of flawless race car and I was able to totally concentrate on learning the performance capability of the Star Mazda. It was a thrilling day for me."
Neal quickly got down to business as Jon Mirachi of Racers Edge guided Neal up to speed without incident other than an occasional spin. Neal responded with continued faster pace until he consistently set very competitive lap-times late in the day.
"Casey clearly has an abundance of raw talent," said Mirachi. "He was easily able to pick up on the changes to the car and exploit them. He gave the team good feed back and responded well to coaching. He is definitely ready to make the move up to cars and given the opportunity, will have a bright future in racing ahead of him."
Neal has created a stir in open wheel racing with his sensational performance to date. With limited experience in race cars, Neal was able to win the U.S. Finals of the Red Bull Driver's Search by winning all eleven of eleven sprint race events conducted by Red Bull at Sebring last year. As a result, he was chosen as one of two American drivers to represent the USA in the Red Bull World Finals at Estoril. Now Neal looks to focus his attention on racing in the USA with the Star Mazda Series at the head of the list.