Andersen Racing's Baker Finishes 10th; Goring Gets 16th After Stirring Drive In Star Mazda Race at Toronto TORONTO, Ontario, - Saturday's Star Mazda presented by Goodyear race on Canadian National Exhibition Place's 1.755-mile street circuit was...
Andersen Racing's Baker Finishes 10th; Goring Gets 16th After Stirring Drive In Star Mazda Race at Toronto
TORONTO, Ontario, - Saturday's Star Mazda presented by Goodyear race on Canadian National Exhibition Place's 1.755-mile street circuit was a test of survival skills. Both of Andersen Racing's drivers, Jonny Baker and Jonathan Goring, recorded better performances than their tenth and 16th-place finishes suggest.
Baker, from Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England, started 15th in the 22-car field, masterfully avoided all the carnage, and finished a solid tenth.
Goring, the 17-year-old from Norfolk, Conn., who won the last race and is second in points, qualified sixth with his No. 14, which promotes the Skip Barber Racing School, Alfas Unlimited and NPA Graphics. He brushed the wall early and suffered suspension damage that made his car a handful to drive, but he still battled back up from 12th to sixth again. The suspension piece finally collapsed with two laps to go and Goring ended up 16th in the final rundown for the 45-minute race, which was part of the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto Champ Car weekend.
The June 24 Cleveland race, which Goring won, is slated to be shown on SPEED at 2 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow, Sunday, July 8.
Today's Toronto race, the seventh round of the 12-race series, is scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday, July 21 at noon Eastern on SPEED, and rebroadcast on Monday, July 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern on the same network.
The next Star Mazda race is Aug. 10-11 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Andersen Racing is committed to offering a program that gives up-and-coming drivers the proper training to reach open-wheel racing's major leagues. It fields multiple cars in the F2000 Championship Series, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and the Indy Pro Series.
Post-race quotes follow:
Jonny Baker: "It was a pretty good result considering everything. We weren't where we wanted to be in qualifying because we had no left-front brakes in the qualifying session. The team did a great job to fix that and get me back out. I enjoyed working with my new engineer, John Poulter.
"I didn't get a particularly good start, but this race it was all a question of surviving. I said I wasn't going to take any chances and I'd just try to finish. I didn't have any incidents despite a lot of craziness in the race.
"I had a nice dice with Eric Freiberg towards the end, but he had more straight-line power than I did."
Jonathan Goring: "On one of the opening laps I had a little contact with the wall. I just brushed the wall, but it damaged the suspension. I drove a wounded car all the way. I got back up to I think sixth from about 11th or 12th, but it finally broke with two laps to go. It was the upper-rear A-arm on the left side.
"It was disappointing. Everybody told me I drove a great race, but the results don't show it and it hurts us in the points."