Montreal added to 2005 calendar

Star Mazda Championship to Race with Formula One in Montreal January 26, 2004. Pacoima, CA. Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear President Gary Rodrigues announced a modification to the 2005 schedule today, with the June 11th event...

Star Mazda Championship to Race with Formula One in Montreal

January 26, 2004. Pacoima, CA. Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear President Gary Rodrigues announced a modification to the 2005 schedule today, with the June 11th event switching from Watkins Glen with the Grand Am Series, to Montreal, Canada as part of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix festivities that same weekend.

"When we were presented with the opportunity to participate as part of the Formula One weekend we worked hard to turn it into a reality," Rodrigues said. "You can't pass up the chance to compete alongside the pinnacle of open-wheel racing, and a venue such as the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, with thousands of die-hard racing fans can only enhance the marketing potential for the drivers of our series."

This event will mark the first time the Star Mazda Championship has competed on the 2.709 road course around the Ile de Notre Dame, site of the 1967 World Fair and the Canadian Grand Prix since 1978, and the first time the series has participated with Formula One. The Star Mazda Championship is coming off the successful debut season of the new Pro Formula Mazda, which features a 240 horsepower Mazda Renesis rotary engine and purpose built carbon fiber chassis.

The 2005 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is already shaping up to be a historic season. The series has averaged over 30 car fields, and this season some of the hottest young drivers in North America have already announced their intentions to compete in the championship, some already with a connection to Formula One. Leading the list are Marco Andretti, grandson of the 1978 Formula One World Champion Mario Andretti, driving for the newly formed MJ Motorsports; Graham Rahal, son of 3-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal, who also served a brief stint as a driver with Wolf Racing in 1978, and later led the Jaguar Formula One effort; and Pablo Donoso, the 19 year old protege of Eliseo Salazar, who competed in 24 Formula One events.

Sanctioned by IMSA, the 12 round Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear kicks off its season on March 18th at Sebring International Raceway as part of the 12-hour of Sebring activities.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Eliseo Salazar , Graham Rahal , Mario Andretti , Gilles Villeneuve , Marco Andretti , Pablo Donoso