Star Mazda Series
North American Championship
Pikes Peak International Raceway
Saturday Morning Practice Notes
Moses Smith posted the fastest time in Saturday's 30 minute practice session at Pikes Peak International Raceway as the Star Mazda Series North American Championship returns to Colorado's one mile oval for the first time since 1999. Smith, the points leader in the Star Mazda Series West Coast Championship, clocked a time of 27.967 seconds. Fellow West Coast Championship challenger Mike Anderson was second fastest and was followed closely by the defending Masters Champion, Scott Kusy.
"Pikes Peak International Raceway is an awesome track, and perhaps the smoothest track I have ever driven. My HASA Pool Products Star Mazda is just awesome right now. Ron and the rest of the crew at R-Sport have given me a car that can run anywhere on the track, and the Goodyear tires are working perfectly."
"I raced on the oval at Phoenix a few years ago when I was driving a spec racer and I enjoyed it then, but after several years off of the ovals I was a bit worried. We ran at Phoenix earlier in the season and the adjustment went smoothly and this weekend seems to be more of the same thing. The setup on my car has been working well and we've just been making small changes and I'm looking to just Hold it to the floor and go during qualifying."
"Mike Potekhen has given me a great car setup for this weekend, with all of his oval racing experience as a driver he can translate my thoughts into ways to make the car better. I've also been working on my driving as it is so important to drive smoothly around the track and I think I'm starting to figure things out."