JDC MOTORSPORTS SET FOR INAUGURAL NEW JERSEY STAR MAZDA RACES Joel Miller and Chuck Hulse enter doubleheader leading the Overall Championship and Masters Series title fights MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (September 11, 2008) -- JDC MotorSports...
JDC MOTORSPORTS SET FOR INAUGURAL NEW JERSEY STAR MAZDA RACES
Joel Miller and Chuck Hulse enter doubleheader leading the Overall Championship and Masters Series title fights
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (September 11, 2008) -- JDC MotorSports continues its drive towards repeating as both driver and team champions of the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear series this weekend (September 13-14) with a pair of races at the newly-constructed New Jersey Motorsports Park race facility. Joel Miller, Chuck Hulse and Ernesto Otero will again drive for the Minnesota-based team in Rounds Nine and Ten, and they will be joined by West Coast standout Patrick O'Neill in the doubleheader.
After a multi-week break from Star Mazda competition, Miller is among a long list of drivers anxious to resume racing. The rookie standout enters the first-ever series races at NJMP not only as one of the favorites to visit victory lane, but also as the championship leader. Piloting the No. 20 MAZDASPEED/K&N Air Filters/Sparco/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, Miller has one win and five podium finishes thus far in 2008, including a runner-up finish in the most recent round in Canada.
"I am looking forward to the challenges of a new circuit," stated Miller. "Being as we are at the end of the season with only a few races left, points are key, but I want to stand on the top step of the podium this weekend. It has been a long time since Sebring and we are due for a great weekend."
Much like his younger teammate, Chuck Hulse travels to New Jersey keen on resuming his charge towards a series title. Behind the wheel of the No. 12 Silicon Salvage/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, the Californian has won the Masters category five times in eight races, earning the championship lead.
"I'm excited about the upcoming doubleheader in New Jersey," commented Hulse. "I'm hoping my years of experience will get me up to speed quicker than some of the younger drivers. I'm going into the doubleheader with the goal of not only challenging for top honors in the Masters class, but cracking the top-10 as well."
For Otero, the upcoming two races will be the first time that he has entered an event on equal terms with the majority of the field, as the series has not previously raced at the brand new Thunderbolt Raceway. Piloting the No. 18 Brazilian Green Beef/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, the Brazilian has six consecutive top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign.
O'Neill joins the defending series champions for the first time, having already achieved a great deal of success behind the wheel of a Star Mazda car. As the current West Coast-based MOLECULE Formula Mazda Challenge leader in the Pro Mazda class, the San Francisco native will pilot the No. 64 O'Neill Construction/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry having already taken part in three Star Mazda Championship races this season with another team, earning one top-10 finish.
While currently second in the Masters Series title fight behind his teammate, team co-owner Gerry Kraut will not take part in the New Jersey doubleheader. The Minnesota-based driver is expected to return to the cockpit of his No. 55 Dougherty & Co./Dougherty Funding LLC/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry in Round 11 in October.
As part of the Mazda Grand Prix of New Jersey event, the JDC MotorSports Star Mazda foursome will get their first chance to sample the Thunderbolt Raceway configuration on Friday (September 12) via three 30-minute promoter's test day sessions. The action officially gets underway one day later with two 45-minute morning practice sessions on Saturday morning. Following the lunch break, the grid will be set for Round Nine via the traditional split qualifying session, with the cars scheduled to launch from a standing start for race one less than two hours later. On Sunday (September 14), the JDC drivers will return to their cockpits early in the morning for a second qualifying session, prior to Round 10 getting underway just after the lunch break.