Michael Guasch Joins JDC Motorsports for 2009 Star Mazda Championship; Master Class Competitor Seeks to Keep Championship in Organization JDC Motorsports has added another Star Mazda veteran to their ranks today with the announcement that...
Michael Guasch Joins JDC Motorsports for 2009 Star Mazda Championship; Master Class Competitor Seeks to Keep Championship in Organization
JDC Motorsports has added another Star Mazda veteran to their ranks today with the announcement that Masters Class competitor Michael Guasch has joined the organization for the 2009 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. Guasch, who wrapped up a third place finish in the 2008 Masters Class championship despite missing over half of the season, looks to take up the mantle of 2008 class champion and former JDC Motorsports driver Chuck Hulse.
Joining a powerhouse organization that captured the overall series championship in 2007 with series rookie Dane Cameron, and following up with strong 2008 campaigning, including the class championship for Hulse, Guasch is looking forward to his 2009 prospects. "With the season debut at Sebring right around the corner I am excited to be running under the JDC Motorsports banner for the 2009 Star Mazda Championship," Guasch commented. "John Church has put together a proven championship caliber organization and I'm looking forward to running alongside Alex Ardoin and Caio Lara as they seek the overall championship while I aim for the Master Series title."
As the founder of Molecule Labs, a company that has introduced a revolutionary product for the care and cleaning of Nomex racing suits, Guasch cut down his racing activities following the 2006 season to focus on the development and introduction of the Molecule products, sponsoring the Pacific Coast Motorsports ChampCar entry and sponsoring and participating in the regional MOLECULE Formula Mazda Challenge Championship based at Infineon Raceway near his hometown of Walnut Creek, California.
Guasch's desire to return to the Star Mazda Championship came when the MOLECULE Formula Mazda Challenge participated alongside the series at Miller Motorsports Park. Running against the other Masters Class competitors Guasch started thinking about returning to the series for a full season. He would enter the championship at the Portland rounds of the event and capture the class victory in the first race of the doubleheader weekend and compete in five races in 2008. In addition to finishing third in the Masters Class despite the limited number of events he would claim second place overall in the Star Mazda West Coast Championship and third in the MOLECULE Formula Mazda Challenge.
"It was difficult to step back from the national level of competition following the 2006 season and I still followed the Star Mazda championship closely," Guasch explained. "In 2007 I attended the Portland weekend as a sponsor for Pacific Coast Motorsports and it was hard not to want to jump behind the wheel when the Star series drivers were on track. Running with the series last year in conjunction with the regional series and winning at Portland reinforced my desire to come back for the full season. JDC Motorsports was the perfect fit as it allows me to continue my working relationship with Rick Cameron who engineered my car last season for the Formula Mazda Challenge events."
"I was able to watch Mike develop a lot as a driver last season as we worked together at the west coast events," Cameron revealed. "As he started looking towards the 2009 season and his goal of going for the Master Class championship the idea of working together at JDC Motorsports made perfect sense. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with him as he chases the championship."
JDC Motorsports co-owner John Church is equally enthused. "Mike has shown that he is a true competitor and everyone at JDC Motorsports is looking forward to working with him as we get the season underway," Church said. "His desire to follow in the footsteps of our championship winning drivers makes him an asset to our organization."