DARREN PALMER â€“ US FORMULA MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP 21st September 1998 PALMER FINISHES WITH CANADIAN VICTORY Australian Darren Palmer has finished the Star Formula Mazda series on a high note with a recent win at the former home of the Canadian...
DARREN PALMER – US FORMULA MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP 21st September 1998
PALMER FINISHES WITH CANADIAN VICTORY
Australian Darren Palmer has finished the Star Formula Mazda series on a high note with a recent win at the former home of the Canadian Grand Prix, Mosport.
Palmer qualified on the front row at a time of 1.26.89 only three tenths behind pole set by Marty Hahnfeld.
Located about 100km east of Toronto, Mosport is an unforgiving very fast 2.45 mile road course.
"I made a solid start and everybody jostled through turn one with nobody really making up any ground," Palmer said. "Marty Hahnfeld and I were a good second faster than any other competitor, and we quickly developed a nice gap on the rest of the field.
"We spent much of the first six laps nose to tail until lap seven when Marty hit the wall coming out of turn five.
"I had a great race to the flag running most laps within half second of each other. "
Last years series champion Bob Kaminsky came in fourth, enabling Palmer to close the points gap to tie for second in the championship in his first year.
Hahnfeld took the championship win with 268 with Palmer and Kaminsky only eight points adrift.
Now full of confidence after his success, Palmer will now contest the Valvoline Run-Offs to be staged at Mid-Ohio from October 5 to 15.
His efforts this season have already earned him an Indy Lights test, possibly scheduled for late September or early November.
"I'd love to do Indy Lights next year and we have had some discussions with Brian Stewart Racing about a possible deal," Palmer said.
"I am due back in Australia about the same time to do the Bathurst 3-Hour so we may have to juggle the schedule."