All Star Formula Mazda Racers:
following is an overview of the rules for the 2003 Star Mazda Series. Since
there are now several Star Mazda Series running throughout North America, and
there may be local variations, we suggest you clear up any questions you may
have with Series officials for the specific series you run. These provisions
apply to the North American Championship and the Star Mazda Series West, as
2003, the Star Mazda Series North American Championship consists of nine races,
all of which will be broadcast on Speed Channel. Eight of the races are scheduled
with the American Le Mans Series, one is with CART. All are sanctioned by IMSA.
North American Championship races require IMSA licenses for drivers and crews.
Star Mazda Series West, for 2003, is made up of eleven races, scheduled on
eight weekends, three of which coincide with the Speed Channel broadcast, North
American Championship. Those three races will be IMSA-sanctioned and require
IMSA credentials. The other five weekends of racing are SCCA Nationals and will
require the usual SCCA driver and crew licenses. Only the best nine results
for each West Series driver will be counted for championship points.
for IMSA-sanctioned events, the Series will be governed by SCCA General Competition
Rules and Formula Car specifications for Formula Mazda, which may be periodically
amended in Fastrack, plus Series and event Supplemental Regulations. The Star
Mazda Series may add, clarify, or change the rules as needed at any time, through
the Series Supplemental Regulations, bulletins, or general announcements at
the events. At IMSA-sanctioned events, IMSA rules will prevail in the event
of rules conflict, except as amended by specific Series Supplemental Regulations,
bulletins, or announcements. Each competitor is responsible for having a current
set of rules and to be familiar with those rules.
qualify for championship points and year-end prizes, drivers must register with
each Star Mazda Series they wish to enter and have paid up accounts with Star
Race cars. Points will be awarded for each Series based on the finishing order
in each Series race, counting only that Series drivers starting the race. The
top 35 drivers shall be credited Series points in order as follows:
1st 44, 2nd 40, 3rd 37, 4th
34, 5th 32, 6th 30, 7th 29, 8th
28, 9th 27, 10th 26, 11th 25, 12th
24, 13th 23, 14th 22, 15th 21, 16th
20, 17th 19, 18th 18, 19th 17, 20th
16, 21st 15, 22nd 14, 23rd 13, 24th
12, 25th 11, 26th 10, 27th 9, 28th
8, 29th 7, 30th 6, 31st 5, 32nd
4, 33rd 3, 34th 2, 35th 1. A bonus
point will be awarded for the fastest qualifying driver at each Series race.
may register with each Series using the forms attached. A fee of $750 is due
for each North American Championship
or West Series driver entry. There is no additional charge for a qualified Series-entered
driver to also enter the Masters or Experts class. Fees are paid once each year
and must be on hand with the Series Registrar before qualifying starts for a
Series race to be counted.
who have had their 45th birthday before March 1, 2003, may enter
the Masters Class. Drivers in the North American Championship who have had their
30th birthday, but have not yet had their 45th, by March
1, 2003, may enter the Expert Class. Masters or Expert drivers in each Series
will be scored separately in addition to the normal Series scoring. Standings
will be published from race to race and year-end awards will go to the top five
drivers in each championship. Points in the Masters and Experts categories
are awarded: 1st 20,
2nd 16, 3rd 14, 4th 12, 5th
11, 6th 10, 7th 9, 8th 8, 9th
7, 10th 6, 11th 5, 12th 4, 13th
3, 14th 2, 15th 1.
points payout for the 2003 Star Mazda Series North American Championship is
listed below. The 2003 Star Mazda Series West pays the top 15 drivers by dividing
the year-end points fund based on the total points scored by those drivers and
calculating the dollars per point. The greater the participation, the bigger
the fund. In 2002, the points fund totaled $42,000.
North American Championship:
1st New Star Formula Mazda Pro Car; 2nd $25,000,
3rd - $15,000, 4th - $12,000, 5th - $11,000,
6th $10,000, 7th - $9,000, 8th - $8,000, 9th
- $7,000, 10th - $6,000, 11th - $5,000, 12th
- $4,000, 13th - $3,000, 14th - $2,000, 14th
- $1,000, plus Rookie of the Year - $5,000 bonus.
in the past, Series races are open to any driver with the appropriate competition
license for the event, driving a Star Race Cars Formula Mazda that is in compliance
with Series Rules. Star Race Cars will attend and support customers at each
of the North American Championship and West Series Races scheduled.
NOTE: Open testing is usually
available the day before all Series races, through the track or race promoter.
testing is prohibited at Series tracks, one week before each race.
North American Championship Awards permanent car numbers based on previous participation.
Contact Tony Rodrigues if you wish to confirm your numbers for any event. Tony
is in charge of timing and scoring and also feeds information to the press,
announcer, and scoreboard. Make sure he has approved your transponder, car number,
and other scoring info. His contact information is listed on the officials list.
you have questions about the Series, entries, licenses, or any forms, feel free
to contact our office 818-686-3350. Much of what you need can be downloaded
from IMSA, SCCA, and Star Mazdas web sites.
Series will award Goodyear tires, free of charge, to a driver or drivers determined
by random drawing at each race. To be eligible to win the tires, the driver
must be properly registered in the Series, entered in the Series race, and not
have previously won free tires in this years program. Tires are usually drawn
for at a drivers meeting and the driver must be present at the time of the
drawing to win.
questions are usually best directed to Todd Cook, either by phone or in person
at the track. Please raise any issues you may have in mind as far in advance
as possible. The Series takes a dim view toward attempts to trap someone at
the last instant with something that could have been easily resolved, with reasonable
would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors whose steadfast support has
been so essential to our continued growth, especially Mazda North American Operations
and Goodyear. Things continue to get bigger and better every year within the
Star Mazda Series format. Your input through survey responses and in person
has been very helpful. Please let us know whenever you have a suggestion.
you at the races!
Gary E. Rodrigues