Road Atlanta: Tuesday test notes

Petit Le Mans Practice Sessions Underway, Carrio fastest in Unofficial Practice September 26, 2006. Braselton, Georgia. After a three week hiatus the drivers of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear have taken to the Road Atlanta ...

Petit Le Mans Practice Sessions Underway, Carrio fastest in Unofficial Practice

September 26, 2006. Braselton, Georgia. After a three week hiatus the drivers of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear have taken to the Road Atlanta circuit as practice begins for Round Eleven, the penultimate round of the 2006 championship. Under sunny skies, a marked contrast from their race at Mosport as the remnants of tropical storm Ernesto swept through, thirty-six competitors participated in today's three unofficial practice sessions, with championship points leader Adrian Carrio posting the fastest time of the day.

Driving the #14 World Speed Motorsports Rockford Fosgate Mazda, the seventeen-year old Carrio lapped the 2.54-mile, twelve turn circuit in a time of 1:20.908 (113.017 MPH) in the first of the day's three practice sessions. Ron White, from Santa Clara, California, topped the final session, posting the second fastest time of the day with a lap of 1:21.065 (112.798 MPH) in the #69 Ross Smith Racing Maxwell Paper Products Mazda. Mark Wilkins, led the second practice session and finished with the third fastest time overall at 1:21.531 (112.154 MPH) in the #3 AIM Autosport Bluetooth Mazda.

The championship welcomes back several competitors as Daniel Herrington and Brad Jaeger are both returning to the series this weekend. Herrington, who led the championship early in the season before accidents at Montreal and Portland forced him to the sidelines, has joined Phenom Racing Group for the final two races of the season and clocked the fifth fastest time of the day in the #92 Phenom Racing Group Molecule Mazda. Jaeger has finally recovered from injuries sustained on the opening lap of Round Five at Montreal and returns to the #2 Andersen Racing Team entry.

Official practice kicks off on Wednesday, September 27th at 8:30 AM with the first of two thirty minute practice sessions on the day. Round Eleven of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear will be held on Friday, September 29th in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta.

-credit: starmazda

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Mark Wilkins , Brad Jaeger , Ross Smith , Adrian Carrio , Daniel Herrington , Ron White