Wahington DC: Race report

Moses on top of the podium at Washington DC Cadillac Grand Prix. The 1.7-mile temporary circuit built in the parking lots of RFK Stadium provided winner Moses Smith with plenty of challenges on his path to victory. The struggle began in during...

Moses on top of the podium at Washington DC Cadillac Grand Prix.

The 1.7-mile temporary circuit built in the parking lots of RFK Stadium provided winner Moses Smith with plenty of challenges on his path to victory.

The struggle began in during the first lap in the form of a "brush" with fellow front row starter, Guy Cosmo. Cosmo, who finished the race in third, reported, "I was trying to get a run off of the start and when I turned into the first corner we brushed."

Halfway through the inaugural Star Mazda Race at the Cadillac Grand Prix at RFK Stadium, in the heart of Washington, DC, Moses believed his victory chances had been lost. Moses was experiencing some handling difficulty due to the earlier contact and was passed by Scott Speed in the tenth lap. However, a late race caution period and a daring pass on the restart with two laps remaining catapulted Smith to the top of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship podium.

"Those last two laps were tough," an excited Smith said afterwards. "We were able to close up when the caution flag came out there at the end and I was just hoping we'd go green. I was able to move inside of Scott Speed and then spent the last two laps trying to keep everyone behind me."

Smith managed to accomplish that task, bringing home his red HASA Pool Products Star Mazda a mere twenty five thousandths of a second ahead of a hard charging Speed.

Moses Smith had never raced on a street course before, and didn't know what to expect. He relished his victory, and the opportunity to race here.

"I tell you," he said, "this is an awesome facility. For them putting it together, and it being in a parking lot and everything else, it's absolutely smooth out there. It has great curbing, good visibility through the whole place. It's a world class facility."

Moses' #76 HASA Pool Product/R-Sport race vehicle was equipped with an "In Car Camera" as he eked out his gripping .025-second victory. The race was televised and you can view this thrilling race for the checkered flag on the SpeedChannel on August 17th.

North American Points (After 6 of 9)
1-Guy Cosmo (237)
2-Scott Speed (218)
3-Moses Smith (214)
4-Tim Jennings (196)
5-Douglas Peterson (169)
6-Justin Pruskowski (166)
7-Scott Kusy (165)
8-Joe Pruskowski (148)
9-Rob Walker  (139)
10-John Olson  (134)

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Moses Smith , Scott Speed , Joe Pruskowski , Scott Kusy , Justin Pruskowski , John Olson , Doug Peterson