Scott Jenkins, Environmental Fibers International and Team Bucknum Racing to team up again in 2005 February 23, 2005. Portland, OR. Scott Jenkins and Team Bucknum Racing announced today that they would continue their partnership for the ...
Scott Jenkins, Environmental Fibers International and Team Bucknum Racing to team up again in 2005
February 23, 2005. Portland, OR. Scott Jenkins and Team Bucknum Racing announced today that they would continue their partnership for the 2005 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, with Environmental Fibers International, the premier recycler of paper and stretch plastics in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, serving as the primary sponsor once again.
"I'm very excited about returning to the Star Mazda Series with Team Bucknum Racing to go after the championship in 2005," Jenkins said. "Our partnership last year produced one pole position and five podium finishes, and we were in the running for the championship right up to the final lap of the season. Jeff Bucknum and his employees have reorganized the team to a fashion that will be very competitive and Jeff and I believe that we will be the team to beat in 2005."
The team already has a leg up on where they started last season, as this time around they have been able to schedule several preseason test sessions to continue their development of Jenkins' Pro Formula Mazda. "We started the 2004 season having taken delivery of the car just a few days before the first race at Sebring so we were learning as we were going along," Jenkins explained. "This off-season we were able to implement a testing program which has gone very well. We have been working very hard to balance the car for longer runs to be there at the end to take the checkered flag and we believe will be stronger throughout the season."
Team owner Jeff Bucknum is also enthusiastic, commenting, "Everyone at Team Bucknum Racing is looking forward to another season with Scott Jenkins leading the way from the driver's seat. Scott has shown himself to be a fast and consistent driver, winning multiple championships for Team Bucknum, and brought us close to another title in 2004. We're pleased to be able to continue the relationship and continue to run at the front of the Star Mazda field."
Jenkins is also pleased to have Environmental Fibers International backing him up once again. "Having Environmental Fibers International on board again as a partner is a great feeling," Jenkins expressed, "they are they leader in their field here in Portland and a solid part of the community, and being a Portland resident myself, it is a pleasure to be able to work with such a company."
The opening round of the Star Mazda Series presented by Goodyear, the premier open-wheel development series in North America, is scheduled for March 18th at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. The 2005 championship will feature 12 races across the United States and Canada supporting the American LeMans Series, Formula One and USAC events. Jenkins will also have the opportunity to race in front of his hometown fans when the series makes an appearance at Portland International Raceway on July 30th.
About Scott Jenkins
Scott Jenkins is one of America's promising young stars. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Jenkins has won multiple karting championships, the 2001 Star Mazda Series West Coast and Oval Series Championships and has been named the SCCA Oregon Region Driver of the Year three times. He finished third in the 2004 Star Mazda Championship recording one pole position, five podiums, and seven top five finishes. In an amazing display of consistency he finished in the top ten in every race of the season and was the only driver to complete every lap of every race.
About Team Bucknum Racing
Team Bucknum Racing was formed in 1999 by Jeff Bucknum and Bryan Willman. Since then 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.