Colin Braun to enter Road Atlanta event

Young Star to Tackle Star Mazda Next OVALO, Texas, Sept. 18 - Many teens with a love of cars make a beeline to their local motor vehicle department to take their driver's test as soon as they blow out all 16 candles on their birthday...

Young Star to Tackle Star Mazda Next

OVALO, Texas, Sept. 18 - Many teens with a love of cars make a beeline to their local motor vehicle department to take their driver's test as soon as they blow out all 16 candles on their birthday cake.

Colin Braun has been anxiously waiting the day he turns 16 too, but he'll have to wait to take his driver's test a week after his birthday when he's back home in Ovalo, Texas.

Why?

On his birthday he'll be going quite a bit faster than he can on the highway. He'll be racing a 150-mph Star Mazda car at Road Atlanta Motorsports Park in Braselton, Ga., that day.

Braun will turn 16 on Wednesday, Sept. 22, the first day of practice for the Star Mazda event at Road Atlanta, which supports the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans headliner that weekend.

He'll get his International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) license instead of his Texas driver's license on his birthday so he can drive in the Star Mazda race at Road Atlanta two days later, on Friday, Sept. 24. Although statistics aren't kept by the professional motorsports sanctioning body for this sort of thing, he is one of the youngest IMSA drivers ever, if not the very youngest.

The rising star has already won two formula car championships. He won the first eight races in a row and clinched the 2004 Formula TR 2000 Pro championship by that series' midpoint earlier this year. Last year he won the Fran Am 1600 Pro championship and was its Rookie of the Year too.

He wasn't old enough to enter Star Mazda races until now, but he tested Forest Barber's Feeds the Need Racing Star Mazda car last month at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada and also at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Both tests went extremely well, convincing Barber to let Braun drive the car again in an actual race.

And like all good race car drivers, Braun wants to thank the sponsors who are supporting his first Star Mazda event: Speed Secrets, Feeds the Need Racing, Latus Motors/Harley Davidson, Blueace Motorsports, Stand 21, Bell Helmets, Silkolene and Performance Friction.

The 45-minute Road Atlanta Star Mazda race, which is presented by Goodyear, is scheduled to get the green flag at 1:35 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Sept. 24.

It is slated to be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the SPEED Channel at noon Eastern time on Oct. 10.

For more information see www.tracc5.com, www.starmazda.com, www.americanlemans.com and www.feedstheneedracing.com.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Colin Braun , Forest Barber