MJ Motorsports announces new team, Star Mazda Championship effort January 1, 2005. Carson, CA. Motorsports engineer Michael James announced today the creation of MJ Motorsports, co-owned by himself and his wife Jennifer, and revealed their ...
MJ Motorsports announces new team, Star Mazda Championship effort
January 1, 2005. Carson, CA. Motorsports engineer Michael James announced today the creation of MJ Motorsports, co-owned by himself and his wife Jennifer, and revealed their intentions of competing in the 2005 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. Though a new creation, MJ Motorsports is already a championship winning organization and is looking at the unprecedented task of defending the 2004 Star Mazda Series Championship won by Michael McDowell.
"With the announcement from Star Race Cars that they would stand down their factory team at the conclusion of the 2004 season, Jennifer and I put together a plan to keep the championship winning organization together," James explained. "We saw an opportunity to build on the knowledge gained in 2004, and the Star Mazda Series is such a fantastic arena to compete in that I couldn't walk away, so we arranged a deal to purchase the race weekend assets of the factory team."
In addition to the material, MJ Motorsports will bring to the track many of the crew members that were pivotal in capturing the 2004 championship. "We were offered an opportunity to continue to compete on a top level team while at the same time maintaining the chemistry & procedures established in 2004," said Crew Chief Russ Gaglio. "After working with MJ as an Engineer, I believe he is committed to building a winning team and is willing to go the extra mile to make sure the job is done right."
It is also the goal of MJ Motorsports to continue the tradition of the factory effort in promoting young drivers and helping them reach their potential. James elaborates, "It is the intension of MJ Motorsports to aid under-funded drivers in acquiring sponsor packages to compete in this series. "Imagine how different the series would be if Drivers like Moses Smith, Michael Potekhen or Michael McDowell were not involved. We hope to be able to help other drivers in the same way other teams have aided these young men."
McDowell, who turned his championship effort into a full-time ride in a Daytona Prototype for Ten Motorsports alongside Memo Gidley, Michael Valiente and Jonathan Bomarito, was equally enthusiastic about this new team. "With the new Pro Car and a brand new series MJ was able to get a new group of people and the racecar up to speed in a matter of months," McDowell stated. "We then went on to dominate the series with MJ giving me the best engineered cars throughout the season. I think that MJ Motorsports will be the team to beat for years to come and who knows I might even jump in for a few races."
MJ Motorsports will operate out of their new facility in Gardena, California.