David Ostella strapped into a Star Mazda race car recently as he took part in the Official Winter Test Session at Sebring International Raceway. After a decorated career in karting and a single season in the Formula BMW Americas Championship, the...
David Ostella strapped into a Star Mazda race car recently as he took part in the Official Winter Test Session at Sebring International Raceway. After a decorated career in karting and a single season in the Formula BMW Americas Championship, the Canadian teenager was thrilled to test with 240HP under his right foot, and is thinking positively about the season ahead.
"I love the car," he said of his maiden test with AIM Autosports. "It's bigger, faster, and once I ran my first few laps in it I really felt comfortable. At first I was a little nervous considering Sebring was my first time in the Star Mazda, but once I got going I was much more comfortable." The proof was on the clock from day one, as Ostella took nearly 1.5 seconds of his best lap from the first session to the second, and consistently moved up the overall classification. "Sebring is a long track with seventeen corners, so it took some time to get used to," he continued. "I have been on the half-track there in the past, but this was my first time on the full layout. The more track time I had, the better I was obviously, and I was also still getting used to the car and its capabilities."
With a night to digest opening day events, Ostella then returned on day two and unloaded the fifth-fastest time of the morning session, and seventh quickest outright. "It felt great to do that lap Wednesday morning," he said in recalling the run on new tires. "But the funny thing is, I didn't know until I came off because I was really just there for the track time! I'm really happy with the test overall. I know there were some returning drivers and race winners in the paddock, so to show that I work toward the front was very encouraging for the future."