|For Immediate Release - July 20, 2005|
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Velocity Motorsports Mid-Season Update
Prospect Hill, NC - The last four rounds of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear have sent the Velocity Motorsports Team across North America. The North Carolina based team began their journey to the Formula 1 race weekend in Montreal, Canada, in June. The fast but chicane filled circuit would provide a challenge for all drivers since most of the Star Mazda drivers had never raced on the circuit. During practice for the event, Velocity driver Phil Saville, was showing speed by running 16th quickest in the forty plus car field. Saville showed his track skills during the first few laps by passing many competitors. However the car suffered a broken suspension and his weekend came to an end. Master Series drivers, John Pew and Mark Patterson, were also experiencing the racing on the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit. The two drivers would, however, have different experiences for the weekend race. Pew would experience hitting the wall on the exit of the Casino hairpin but continued to maintain his points lead in the Masters Series. Patterson would bring his Mazda-powered race car home in 18th place overall and 2nd in the Masters Series.
The 5th round of the championship would send the team to their only oval race of the year. The one mile oval at Pikes Peak International Raceway and its 10-degrees of banking would give the Velocity drivers a new challenge from the typical road course. Saville would be absent for the event, so the team banner would be carried by Pew and Patterson. Practice groups were set up so that the drivers could get open track time to set up their car. Qualifying was by single car laps with Pew finishing in 21st and Patterson in 24th. The intense race would be exciting with wheel to wheel action for all competitors. Pew would place in 19th position overall and 2nd in the Masters Series; Patterson would end up 7th in the Masters Series.
Rounds six and seven would take the teams to the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, for a double race weekend. Patterson would not be able to attend the weekend and was replaced by Dave House. The team had a very busy schedule ahead of them with two qualifying sessions and two races. Race #1 qualifying put Saville in 18th, Pew in 23rd and House in 40th starting positions. The long course at Infineon has a lot of elevation change and tight corners. The first race had several incidents that would add to the excitement. Pew would bring his car home in 19th place in the points and 2nd in the Masters Series. Race #2 would have Saville and Pew starting in 21st and 22nd with House starting in 31st position. Lap one would have a huge outcome on Saville’s weekend as he was knocked out of the race by another car and suffered a huge accident. Saville would be ok after the wreck. House would finish the race in 23rd place overall and Pew would continue to maintain his points lead in the Masters Series with a 3rd place finish.
All of the race action from the summer will be televised on The SPEED Channel. Visit www.starmazda.com for the schedule. The team’s next event will be at the Portland International Raceway on Saturday July, 30th.