When the 2009 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring gets underway this week, seventeen-year-old David Ostella from Maple, Ontario, will be among those in the paddock. The Canadian teenager is about to begin his second season of formula car racing, and...
When the 2009 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring gets underway this week, seventeen-year-old David Ostella from Maple, Ontario, will be among those in the paddock. The Canadian teenager is about to begin his second season of formula car racing, and will make his debut in the Star Mazda Championship with Toronto-based AIM Autosport - the defending Series Champions.
"Every day closer I get to the race, the more anxious I am to get back in the car," he said over the weekend from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "I just love the car! The moment I stepped into the it I felt comfortable, and AIM just has a great set-up. Everyone in the team knows each other and works well together, and they have a great team chemistry under the tent. I'm really looking forward to continuing my development as a driver and opening the season at Sebring!"
After an impressive career in kart racing that led to a record-setting Ontario Championship and a World Karting Association Championship in the United States, the St. Thomas of Villanova senior began his car racing apprenticeship last season in the Formula BMW Americas Championship where he began to learn what it takes to race as a professional.
"The year of FBMW was great," he said looking back at his rookie season, one in which he climbed the podium in supporting the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. "I learned so much in the races that I know I am prepared for this season and beyond. I learned how to pass, I learned how to defend my position, and I showed I could be fast and run up front as I began to learn the basics of formula car racing. It was just a great learning experience."
Making the upward move to Star Mazda this season, Ostella will race thirteen rounds in support events for the American LeMans Series, Grand-Am, ARCA and be the featured class during an August stop at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The Series will also visit Mosport International Raceway in August, an event that the young driver is already looking forward to.
"I can't wait to race at Mosport, so close to home," he said while outlining the schedule. "I did a test day there in Formula BMW and I just loved the track, like so many drivers do. And it will be fantastic to have friends and family able to come out and see the race cars and what an event entails. So many of my classmates know that I race, but don't really know what that really means. There is just so much to look forward to this season!"
The Star Mazda Championship drivers will have a practice session Wednesday and another Thursday morning before qualifying Thursday afternoon. Round one of the Championship presented by Goodyear will be run Friday afternoon.