Michael McDowell Does it Again Saturday, August 20, 2004. Elkhart Lake, WI. Michael McDowell demonstrated again his impressive skill behind the wheel with his fifth win this season. This win came in round seven of the Star Mazda North...
Michael McDowell Does it Again
Saturday, August 20, 2004. Elkhart Lake, WI. Michael McDowell demonstrated again his impressive skill behind the wheel with his fifth win this season. This win came in round seven of the Star Mazda North American Championship at Road America as one of the support series races for the American LeMans Series.
Michael McDowell was, as he often is, the fastest driver in the first session of the weekend. He continued this trend by keeping his Star Race Cars/Drive4USA car at the top of the timing sheet in all but two sessions of the weekend. Unfortunately, one of the two sessions that he wasnâ^À^Ùt on top was qualifying. â^À^ÜIt is always nice starting up front,â^À^Ý admitted McDowell, â^À^Übut I have been able to win from farther back than the second row so starting in third didnâ^À^Ùt worry me.â^À^Ý McDowellâ^À^Ùs teammate, Dan DiLeo, was fast all weekend but was able to pull out a lap in qualifying almost a second faster than his prior laps and three tenths quicker than McDowell.
In the race McDowell was able to move ahead of the second place qualifier, Scott Jenkins, on the opening lap and put himself in position to challenge for the lead. Moments later the first of two full course yellows came out delaying McDowellâ^À^Ùs inevitable charge to the front. When the course went green McDowell was ready and took advantage of a bobble by DiLeo and the lead was his. Raphael Matos was then able to make a move and take over second from DiLeo, and while Matos kept the pressure on McDowell, he was not able to match McDowellâ^À^Ùs fast lap of the race or come within seconds of McDowell at the checkered flag. This win keeps McDowell in a tight battle with DiLeo for the season championship going into round eight of the ten race series.
Round Eight of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear will be held at Road Atlanta as part of the Petit Le Mans weekend activities. Round Seven from Road America will be televised on Speed Channel on September 19th at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.