To All Star FM Racers:
Mosport was another weekend
of terrific Star Mazda Series racing. We now have had five different winners
out of five North American Championship races. The talent pool is obviously
deep in the 2001 competition, and the parity of the teams was demonstrated especially
well at Portland where four different teams shared the front two rows after
qualifying. Fourth fastest at that track was 0.04 seconds off pole and the front
row had identical times down to the 0.001 of a second! I do not think it could
be any better.
The recognition that the Series
does help develop and showcase talent has received another boost with last year’s
“Rookie of the Year” Jason La Point landing the seat in Lynx Racing’s Toyota
Atlantic. He joins Joey Hand at DSTP and Grant Ryley at Worldspeed as recent
graduates from Star Mazda who have joined top Pro Atlantic teams.
Please return the enclosed entries
ASAP if you plan to run the Petit Le Mans and/or the Mazda Raceway CART events.
Paddock space will be at a premium and we may need to consolidate some one or
two-car rigs into some multi-car setups. We do not want to turn anyone away,
so get your entry in early and help us help you.
The Charlotte event was cancelled
officially while we were on our way to Mosport. At this point, it is too late
to book another 2001 date and get it on Speedvision. Therefore, the CART weekend
at Mazda Raceway will be the season finale for both the North American Championship
and the West Series. We expect to have all the banquet details worked out in
time for the next bulletin. Plan for Sunday night.
At the ALMS weekend in September,
we have again secured the third floor of the start/finish tower for Star Mazda
guests and VIPs. If you want to treat sponsors, loved ones, or yourself to great
food and a commanding view of Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, contact our office
(818-909-5355, Norma). Cost is $300/person and includes three-day passes, lunches
Saturday and Sunday, cold drinks all day both days, closed circuit TV, and preferred
parking in the tower area.
After the September race we
will be moving into our new facilities:
10639 Glenoaks Boulevard
Pacoima CA 91331-1613
The building and everything
in it will be brand new, so please bear with us while everything gets sorted
There are two proposals now
being discussed at SCCA that are very important to FM. First is the proposed
abandonment of the FM tire rules. Second is the addition of a second FM engine
builder, more “convenient” to the East Coast. We think both ideas would be mistakes
for the class. Simply put, the tire rule lowers the cost of racing an FM and
lets more drivers compete on an equal footing. The second engine builder is
not necessary since motor rebuilds are far less frequent in FM than in other
classes and exchange motors are usually available at the track through Star
FM dealers. That is about as convenient as can be. In addition, the prospect
of competition between engine builders will inevitably lead to loss of parity
and higher prices. Let SCCA know how you feel, or expect to live with the consequences.
After the penalties were announced
following the Portland race, there has been a lot of constructive discussion
about rules for starts and restarts in particular. We are drafting some thoughts
for discussion and possible implementation this year so that clarity can be
achieved and fairness maintained. We also hope sportsmanship will not be lost
in the process of highly competitive racing.
See you at the races!
Gary E. Rodrigues