Raphael Matos Captures First Pole of Season at Mosport Saturday, August 7, 2004. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Raphael Matos, of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will lead the field to the green flag for Round Six of the Star Mazda Series North American...
Raphael Matos Captures First Pole of Season at Mosport
Saturday, August 7, 2004. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Raphael Matos, of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will lead the field to the green flag for Round Six of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear after setting the pace in qualifying with his Showtime/Samsung/Skip Barber/Hearn Motorsports Mazda, lapping the 2.5-mile Mosport International Raceway in 1:14.685. With his qualifying effort, Matos has also provide Richie Hearn, a championship driver in his own right, his first pole position as the team owner of the recently formed Hearn Motorsports.
Setting the second fastest time of the session, which was held under overcast skies and temperatures in the mid-sixties, was Daniel DiLeo, of Toronto, Canada, who lapped the circuit in 1:14.816 in the Select Auto/Star Race Cars Mazda. DiLeo, the current series points leader will look to continue his streak of podium finishes, having finished on the podium in each of the first five races of the season.
Starting third will be Michael McDowell in the Drive4USA/Star Race Cars/Sparco Mazda who navigated the track in 1:14.944. McDowell, who saw his string of three straight victories ended at Portland, has now had his string of three straight pole positions snapped as well. Joining McDowell on the second row will be series rookie Andre Desmarais in the Wheels Recondre Mazda who edged out his Racers Edge Motorsports teammate, and defending race winner, Luis Schiavo by six-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:15.944.
With ideal qualifying conditions for the new Pro Formula Mazda, which features a carbon fiber chassis and the 240 horsepower Mazda Renesis rotary engine as found in the RX-8, Matos shattered the previous track record of 1:20.857 set by Guy Cosmo in 2002. In fact all thirty drivers entered in the event set times faster than Cosmo's track record.
Saturday's 30-lap race is scheduled to start at 12:35 PM Eastern Time.