Hearn to Field One Car at Montreal Star Mazda Feature LAS VEGAS, Nev., June 6, 2005 -- Hearn Motorsports will drop back to one entry for the upcoming Grand Prix of Canada-round of the 2005 Star Mazda Series North American Championship in ...
Hearn to Field One Car at Montreal Star Mazda Feature
LAS VEGAS, Nev., June 6, 2005 -- Hearn Motorsports will drop back to one entry for the upcoming Grand Prix of Canada-round of the 2005 Star Mazda Series North American Championship in Montreal. The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit will play host to the fourth race of the formula car series June 9-11th. Hearn Motorsports, owned by IndyCar Series driver Richie Hearn (Henderson, Nev.), has entered team regular Brian Thienes (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the Thienes Engineering No. 77 Star Mazda for the 45-minute race. It will be the team's first visit to the street course and as part of a support series for the Formula One World Championship. Because of the hectic weekend schedule, the Star Mazda Series will have two, 40-minute practice sessions but no qualifying. Therefore, the grid for Saturday's race will be based on driver point totals through the first three races of the season. While the final grid will not be set until race weekend, Thienes is currently 18th in driver points.
Traditionally, the primary entry for Hearn's team is the No. 70 Star Mazda. The car was scheduled to be started eighth on the grid by Matt Jaskol (Las Vegas, Nev.) who piloted it to two podium finishes in the first two races of the season. However, funding issues kept Jaskol out of the car at the third event of the season, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which dropped him in the standings. Jaskol withdrew his name from consideration for the No. 70 at Montreal late last week leaving the car open. Because of the timing of Jaskol's decision-- who will be attending to another commitment-- there was no time for Hearn, a six-time starter in the Indianapolis 500 including a 25th in this year's race, to find a replacement driver. Therefore, the No. 70 Hearn Motorsports entry will not be utilizing its top-ten grid position.
Richie Hearn: "We're all excited about going to Montreal and racing on the Formula One weekend. We're going to focus on Brian's car. It will be tough getting up to speed quickly because we don't have much time on track there. But I think Brian will do a good job. The 70-car, which was going to be eighth on the grid, will just sit there, which is pretty disappointing. We had Matt [Jaskol] in the car but he called at the last minute and won't be able to make it. So, we haven't had time to test anyone else. We'll focus on Brian and it should go pretty well. The track is pretty tight and passing will be tough. We know Brian will be 18th on the grid so he'll have his work to do. But, if it is like the usual street race, there'll be a lot of cars falling out. Keeping your nose clean is the most important thing at a place like that."
For more on Hearn Motorsports and its 2005 Pro Formula Mazda Series' effort please visit www.RichieHearn.com. More on Brian Thienes can be found at www.ThienesEngineering.com .
The Grand Prix of Canada Star Mazda race can be seen with tape delay on July 3 at 11 am (EDT).