The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear today made the first in an upcoming series of major announcements with the release of the series’ 10-weekend, 11-race schedule (with one TBA) for the 2011 season; included are fiveIndyCar weekends, two with American Le Mans, one with USAC and one where Star Mazda will race a double-header as the co-feature. Rising racing stars from around the world will hone their driving skills at three road courses, four street circuits and three ovals.
Patrón Highcroft Racing’s remarkable back-to-back championship success in the American Le Mans Series has drawn praise from the Governor of Connecticut, M. Jodi Rell, key industry leaders, media experts, team partners and motorsport legends. Victory in the LMP2 class by David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti clinched the LMP title for Highcroft at Saturday’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta.
The Global Tuner Grand Prix (GTGP) on October 22-24, 2010 is the only event of its kind in North America where both the best tuners and racers in the world will compete around this legendary circuit, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The GTGP is the season finale for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and features the Global Tuner Grand Prix, Challenge Race, Pirelli Drivers Cup and historic stock car races.
Here is a brief overview of each class competing in the GTGP:
The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 is returning to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 8-9, 2011, the raceway and GRAND-AM announced today.
“It is great to see the return of the Rolex Sports Car Series to the West Coast and particularly to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the home of sports car racing,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “These drivers put on one of the best shows, the racing is great and the drivers are very approachable.”
Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. and Graves Motorsports would like to congratulate Josh Hayes on his first AMA American Superbike Championship. The Championship is also the first for Yamaha in America’s premier road racing class since 1991 when Floridian Thomas Stevens won the title aboard a Vance & Hines Yamaha-prepared FZR750RR OW01 works bike.
“I cannot thank Yamaha and my crew enough for giving me this shot at the Superbike Championship,” said Josh. “I am glad I was able to add my name to the record book and bring home the R1’s first AMA Superbike Championship”.
Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement with Jorge Lorenzo whereby the Spaniard will remain with the factory for the next two years.
23-year-old Lorenzo, who joined Yamaha in 2008, has won an impressive seven races so far this season and is on target to take his first premier-class crown. He currently leads the standings by 56 points with five rounds remaining.
American junior formula car standout Connor De Phillippi ended his 2010 race season in perfect fashion on Friday (October 1), winning the Round 13
season-finale of the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear at Road Atlanta. With his first series victory, the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver from California secured the prestigious Rookie of the Year award via third place in the overall championship standings.
Aboard his Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh Hayes claimed his first career AMA Superbike championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday, Sept. 26. The championship is also the first for Yamaha in America’s premier road-racing class since Thomas Stevens took the crown in 1991. Meanwhile Team Graves YZF-R6 mounted Josh Herrin finished third in the AMA Daytona SportBike championship, while Austin Dehaven won the AMA SuperSport title on his R6.