Robbie Montinola joins Team Bucknum Racing for the 2005 Star Mazda Championship March 8, 2005. Laguna Niguel, CA -- Robbie Montinola, Filipino-American driver, announced a partnership to compete in the 2005 Star Mazda North American Championship...
Robbie Montinola joins Team Bucknum Racing for the 2005 Star Mazda Championship
March 8, 2005. Laguna Niguel, CA -- Robbie Montinola, Filipino-American driver, announced a partnership to compete in the 2005 Star Mazda North American Championship with Team Bucknum Racing. Montinola will debut in the #28 Team Bucknum entry for the 2005 season and team up with Scott Jenkins who finished third in the 2004 Star Mazda Championship.
"I am extremely excited to be competing with Team Bucknum Racing in the Star Mazda series," Montinola said. "I can't wait to be back in the racecar at Sebring. The team spent the off-season concentrating on engineering the cars and is 100% dedicated to winning the championship. We showed good speed in testing and I am very comfortable in the car. I definitely feel I am with the right team to battle for the 2005 Star Mazda Championship."
Team owner Jeff Bucknum is happy to welcome Montinola to the team. "We're thrilled to have Robbie Montinola compete with Team Bucknum Racing this year. Robbie has great potential to be a leading contender in the championship. He is a quick, consistent, and dedicated driver and we look forward to the season," Bucknum said.
About Robbie Montinola
Robbie Montinola began his racing career at the Skip Barber Racing School in 2000. Since then, Montinola continued on to win the 2002 Formula Dodge Western Championship and was a top contender in the Formula Dodge National Championship. In 2003, Montinola won a Barber-Champ Car Scholarship towards the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Montinola continues his path up the open-wheel ladder with the 2005 Star Mazda series and looks forward to competing in the leading driver development series in the United States.
Team Bucknum Racing was formed in 1999 by Jeff Bucknum and Bryan
Willman. The team has chalked up some remarkable accomplishments including launching an American Le Mans Series team, being invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and winning four championships in the Star Mazda Series.
In 2005 TBR is focusing solely on what has arguably become the most important open-wheel developmental series in the United States, the Star Mazda Series. The Arizona-based team has the longest current string of entries in Star Mazda national events at 51; 2005 will be the team's sixth consecutive season in the series.
The team has a fascinating lineage and bright future. In the 1960s, Ronnie Bucknum, Jeff's father, racked up successes in Indy cars, Formula One as the first driver for Honda and sports car racing with Roger Penske, a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring and a third at the 24 hours of Le Mans.