Adrian Carrio paces final practice at Mosport September 1, 2006. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Championship points leader Adrian Carrio, from Monument, Colorado, posted the fastest time in this afternoon's final practice session for Round Ten of...
Adrian Carrio paces final practice at Mosport
September 1, 2006. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Championship points leader Adrian Carrio, from Monument, Colorado, posted the fastest time in this afternoon's final practice session for Round Ten of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at Mosport International Raceway. Hometown hero Mark Wilkins continues to hold the fastest time of the weekend heading into qualifying.
Carrio, driving the #14 World Speed Motorsports Rockford Fosgate Mazda, lapped the 2.549-mile road circuit in a time of 1:14.587 (118.686 MPH) in the final forty-five minute practice session to edge out Ryan Justice, who set a time of 1:14.950 (118.111 MPH) in the #38 Northwest Autosport J&M Body Shops Mazda, for the top spot in the afternoon.
"It was a really good session for us as we made a couple minor changes that worked out for us this afternoon," the seventeen-year-old Carrio explained. "There were a few interruptions in the session so we'd only get a few laps at a time which was good with qualifying coming up as it helped me focus on getting a good lap in quickly. I also have to thank Telo and all the crew at World Speed Motorsports, my engineer Mike Doyle and driving coach John Olsen as their hard work has been key in my leading the championship."
While Carrio has been at the front of the field from the start of the season, Wilkins is only making his third start of the year in the #3 AIM Autosport Bluetooth Mazda after finishing tenth in the 2005 championship and is thrilled to be up front on his home track after missing the race last year with a broken foot. "It was a heartbreaker to not be able to race here last year so it feels great to back with the opportunity to see what I can do here in the car," Wilkins, whose time of 1:14.361 (119.046 MPH) in the morning session was well under the current track record of 1:14.685 set in 2004 by Dan DiLeo, commented. "It has taken me a couple of races to get back up to speed, especially at that first race at Trois-Rivieres, but the team found something when we tested here and I've run a lot of laps here and know where to place the car so I'm looking forward to the race."
With practice complete Ron White, who scored his first victory of the season at Road America two weeks ago, was second fastest on the day with a time of 1:14.588 (118.684 MPH) in the #69 Ross Smith Racing Maxwell Paper Products Mazda, Carrio's time from this afternoon leaves him third overall on the day, Justice holds down fourth place, while Kevin Lacroix, fro St. Eustache, Quebec, sits in fifth place with a fast time of 1:15.189 (117.735 MPH) in the #74 John Walko Racing Uni-Select Auto Parts Mazda.
Qualifying for Round Ten of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is slated to begin on Saturday, September 2nd at 8:00 AM Eastern Time.
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