Andersen Racing's Dempsey Posts Third Star Mazda Victory in a Row Saturday at Mosport BOWANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 23 - Andersen Racing's Peter Dempsey posted his third consecutive victory in the Star Mazda Championship presented...
Andersen Racing's Dempsey Posts Third Star Mazda Victory in a Row Saturday at Mosport
BOWANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 23 - Andersen Racing's Peter Dempsey posted his third consecutive victory in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear by winning Round 8 Saturday at Mosport International Raceway, while one of his teammates, Tom Gladdis, placed third.
Dempsey, of Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland, started third in the 22-car field in his No. 21, which is sponsored by LotusWorks, Center Jewellers.ie, Quayside.ie, Motorsport Ireland, Allied Interior Products and Trojan Complete IT Solutions. He took the lead from polesitter John Edwards on lap seven, right after he set the fastest lap of the race on lap six with a 1:16.942 (115.053 miles per hour).
At that point a full-course yellow waved, with Dempsey leading over Edwards, Joel Miller, and two more Andersen Racing drivers: point leader Charles Hall of Sheffield, England and Gladdis, of the Isle of Wight and Gibraltar. Gladdis had started fourth, while Hall took the green in fifth place.
Hall was involved in a scuffle shortly after the restart that forced him to make a pitstop with his car, which is sponsored by Blimpie, AccentBanking.com, Pardoes Solicitors and Allied Interior Products. He lost a lap but returned to the fray to place 19th, slipping to fourth in the point standings.
Gladdis, whose No. 5 touts Marrache & Co., persevered to finish third behind Dempsey and Miller and give Andersen Racing the majority of the podium positions. A full-course yellow for a car off course on lap 12 complicated by oil on the track caused the event to end under yellow after 20 laps were completed within its 45-minute allotted time span.
Andersen Racing's Natalia Kowalska of Biesiekierz, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland came from the rear to finish tenth with her car, which is sponsored by Natan Developers. A fifth Andersen Racing driver entered in the event, Richard Kent of Olney, England, didn't start the race due to engine problems.
According to the series, the Mosport Star Mazda race is scheduled to be broadcast on SPEED at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 12. More information can be found on the series' Web site at starmazda.com.
Unofficially Joel Miller now has the overall point lead by a single point over Dempsey. Alex Ardoin, Charles Hall, John Edwards and Tom Gladdis follow. Each driver's best 11 finishes count for the championship, however. With drops, Dempsey is on top by two points over Miller, followed by Edwards, Gladdis and Hall. Andersen Racing leads the team point standings with 256 points to JDC Motorsports' 187.
A doubleheader at the brand-new New Jersey Motorsports Park Sept. 13-14, a race at Road Atlanta Oct. 3 and the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Oct. 18 are next on 2008 schedule.
Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. It is the official development team of Rahal Letterman Racing. For more information see andersenracingteam.com, andersenracepark.com and starmazda.com.
Some post-race quotes follow:
Peter Dempsey: "Three in a row! I want to thank Andersen Racing, my s ponsors, and the companies that make the series happen, Mazda and Goodyear.
"Edwards made a slight mistake in Turn 5 that allowed me to get close, and then I got him in Turn 8. Then when we got back to the start/finish line there was a full-course yellow.
"On the restart I was able to keep ahead of him. I extended my lead and then another full-course yellow came out, and it ended under yellow.
"I wasn't expecting to win today; I thought I'd probably get fourth. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped."
Natalia Kowalska: "I actually had to start 23rd because I crashed in qualifying, and had to change more than one tire. I overtook three or four cars on the first lap. If it wasn't for the long full-course yellow, I think we had a top-six car at least.
"It's my first top-10 finish in the series, and it was a good race for me. We did a good job. I had a new engineer this weekend, Reme Lanteigne, and we worked together well. I want to give a big thank you to the whole team. They are awesome."
Charles Hall: "We got up to third. On the restart we were fourth, and then I'm not sure exactly what happened. I was running close with Joel Miller and John Edwards. My car had a bad understeer, and I went straight off. It hurt the suspension. I pitted and got back out, but that dropped us to fourth in the championship. One podium will put us back into second though, so it's not over yet."