Road Atlanta: JDC Motorsports preview

JDC MOTORSPORTS CONTINUES ITS STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE AT ROAD ATLANTA With one title already clinched, the Minnesota-based team will be seeking continued success in Georgia MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (October 1, 2008) -- As part of the ...

JDC MOTORSPORTS CONTINUES ITS STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE AT ROAD ATLANTA
With one title already clinched, the Minnesota-based team will be seeking continued success in Georgia

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (October 1, 2008) -- As part of the renowned American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans event, JDC MotorSports travels to Road Atlanta this week not only as one of the premier teams in the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, but also as contender to repeat as the Overall Driver Champions. In addition to rookie standout Joel Miller and Masters Series race winners Chuck Hulse and Gerry Kraut driving for the squad, the Minnesota-based team will add Chris Hundley to its line-up in Georgia.

For Miller, the upcoming race at the high-speed 2.5-mile road course is one of great significance. Not only does the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder race pilot want to display his skills and talents to the many key motorsports figures who will be on hand, he is also seeking to regain the championship lead that he relinquished at the previous event in New Jersey. Piloting the No. 20 MAZDASPEED/K&N Air Filters/Sparco/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, Miller enters the single-race event sitting second in the title fight, a mere five points adrift of the leader. One of six drivers still in contention for top honors come season's end, the Hesperia, Calif., driver has one win and six podium finishes thus far in 10 races.

Thanks to a pair of Masters class victories in Rounds Nine and Ten, Hulse enters the weekend with something that no other drivers has enjoyed thus far this season, a championship title. The talented California race pilot clinched the '08 Masters Championship (for drivers 45 and over in age) in the previous event, and will now set his sights on finishing among the top-10 overall. Piloting the No. 12 Silicon Salvage/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, Hulse has seven class wins and two overall top-10 finishes this season.

As the team's co-owner, Kraut returns to the cockpit of his No. 55 Dougherty & Co./Dougherty Funding LLC/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports car at Road Atlanta, having missed three of the past four races due to work commitments. Despite running a limited campaign in 2008, the Minnesota driver enters the prestigious event second in the Masters Championship fight, thanks to two wins and three runner-up finishes.

A long-time open-wheel competitor, Hundley will contest his first Star Mazda Championship race at Road Atlanta. Driving the No. 4 Limousine Connection/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, the Californian joins JDC and the highly competitive series having previously found success in the Formula Ford 2000 ranks.

Round 11 of the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear commences on Tuesday (September 30th) with the JDC MotorSports drivers and the rest of the field taking part in a promoter's test day. One day later, the event officially gets underway via two 45-minute practice sessions. The grid will then be set on Thursday (October 2nd) via traditional split qualifying. The penultimate race of the 12-race calendar is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday (October 3rd) with the Star Mazda cars launching from a standing start.

-credit: jdc

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Chuck Hulse , Gerry Kraut