Klein and Wilkins Finish 11th and 13th in Star Mazda Race at Infineon Saturday SONOMA, Calif., July 17 - Jonathan Klein of Long Grove, Ill. and Mark Wilkins of Toronto represented Andersen Walko Racing in Saturday's Star Mazda race at Infineon...
Klein and Wilkins Finish 11th and 13th in Star Mazda Race at Infineon Saturday
SONOMA, Calif., July 17 - Jonathan Klein of Long Grove, Ill. and Mark Wilkins of Toronto represented Andersen Walko Racing in Saturday's Star Mazda race at Infineon Raceway here, and both finished the very competitive 38-car, 45-minute race on the challenging 2.53-mile road course.
Klein, in the No. 98 sponsored by Kalfact Plastics; Fettes, Love & Sieben; Nexus Distribution Corp.; Midwest Steel & Services; Ironclad Performance Wear and ProStar Group, qualified 15th and finished 11th.
Wilkins drove the team's No. 97 in a cooperative effort with Aim Autosport. He was sponsored by Trizec Canada. He qualified 12th and finished 13th.
The competition is so stiff in this series, which is presented by Goodyear, that both of the AWR entries were only off the pole-winning time by a hair over a second. Only 1.217 seconds separated Klein's qualifying time from the best lap of the pole winner in quals Saturday morning.
Later Saturday afternoon Klein had a clean race. Wilkins spun once, but was able to regroup.
"We had a tire-blistering problem, but other than that we had a good race," said Klein, who had never driven at this track before. "Overall we're happy. Even though it's out of the top 10, we finished the race and got the points."
Michael McDowell sat on the pole and won the race, which was a support event for tomorrow's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) event.
Tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern time SPEED Channel viewers can watch how Klein finished fourth in the Star Mazda race July 3 at Connecticut's Lime Rock Park. If that isn't convenient, it's supposed to be rebroadcast at 11:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, July 24.
Today's race from Infineon is scheduled to be broadcast on SPEED at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Aug. 1 and again at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Aug. 6.
Now the series moves to Portland Int'l Raceway in Oregon for a race on July 24. It is scheduled to be shown on SPEED at noon Eastern on Sunday, Aug. 22.
AWR is based in Fairfield, N.J. and North Versailles, Pa.
For more information see www.andersenwalko.com