JDC MOTORSPORTS PODIUMS IN FIRST-EVER STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP RACES AT AUTOBAHN Guasch extends Masters Series lead with a pair of victories and is joined by doubleheader runner-up Christodoulou in the post-race celebrations MINNEAPOLIS, MN.
JDC MOTORSPORTS PODIUMS IN FIRST-EVER STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP RACES AT AUTOBAHN
Guasch extends Masters Series lead with a pair of victories and is joined by doubleheader runner-up Christodoulou in the post-race celebrations
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July 28, 2009) -- The first-ever visit to the Autobahn Country Club by the Star Mazda Championship powered by Mazda on July 25-26, resulted in yet another podium scoring performance by JDC MotorSports. Rookie standout Adam Christodolou finished as the race runner-up in Rounds Eight and Nine, while Michael Gausch added two Masters Series wins. Alex Ardoin, finishing 19th and seventh, and Caio Lara taking the checkered flag in 11th and 10th added valuable points to the Minnesota-based squad's team championship total, while Gerry Kraut finished as the Masters Series runner-up in his lone race of the event.
When Christodoulou looks back at the Autobahn doubleheader, one thing that will stick out is the number two. The No. 11 Molecule/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports race pilot was P2 in every session except one, earning Christodolou his fifth and sixth podium finishes of the season via a pair of runner-up finishes. While the English rookie lost ground to the current championship leader in Illinois, he remains second in the title fight, and very much a threat for top honors throughout the second half of the season.
The Autobahn road course in Illinois proved to be a difficult track to master for Lara and his JDC crew. The Brazilian, having been among the leaders in each of the seven rounds leading up to the doubleheader, struggled to find the right setup for his No. 19 MLD/ATW/Molecule/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry throughout the weekend. That being said, the second year driver still secured yet another top-10 result, his eighth of the year, keeping him among the top-five in the title chase.
Much like his Brazilian teammate, Ardoin was not quite able to master the 21-turn race track during the doubleheader. While the No. 51 Oral & Facial Surgery Center/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports race pilot was routinely among the top-10, he failed to live up to his pre-race expectations of challenging for a race win. With the 19th place finish in race one, due to an early race incident resulting in a broken front-wing, and the seventh place result in race two, Ardoin now sits sixth in the chase for the series title.
For Guasch, the Illinois doubleheader went almost exactly according to plan. The quickest Masters Series driver right from the get go, the Californian overcame a slight setback in the first qualifying session to steer the No. 91 Molecule/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports into victory lane twice during the weekend. Guasch, who has now won five of seven races contested by the Masters Series drivers, holds a sizeable 46 point advantage in the standings.
Kraut once again showed, that when in attendance he is a threat to win in the Masters Series. Piloting the No. 55 Dougherty & Co./Dougherty Funding LLC/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports car, the team co-owner challenged his teammate for top honors before eventually taking the checkered flag in second. Kraut, as planned, did not take part in Round Nine due to prior work commitments.
JDC MotorSports continues it pursuit of race wins and the series titles in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear on August 16, on the historic Trois-Rivieres street circuit in Quebec.