VP POWERS DALY, KARAM TO FIRST WINS ON ROAD TO INDY
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 28, 2010) At the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, VP’s VP100 race fuel powered Conor Daly to his first victory of the 2010 Star Mazda Championship, while Sage Karam of Nazareth, PA used VP110 to win Round 2 of the USF2000 National Championship. By winning from the pole for Juncos Racing , Daly charged to the top of the Star Mazda championship points battle with 82. Meanwhile, Karam concluded a perfect weekend for Andretti Autosport by leading all 20 laps in Round 2, backing up his victory in Saturday's Round 1 season opener, handing Michael Andretti his 50th victory as a team owner and taking the lead in the USF2000 Championship class' driver point standings.
"This is a historic moment, a historic race in the history of modern open-wheel racing,” said Daly, son of F1/Indy Car/Sports Car racing legend Derek Daly. “The first 'Road to Indy' race with all the series involved competing on the same weekend and I'm honored and happy to have won. The two full-course yellows were a little bit of a worry, but they happened early in the race and I was able to pull out a bit of a gap in the later stages. The Juncos Racing team gave me a perfect car and I was able to be very consistent and hit my marks on every lap. The level of cameraderie and cooperation in the team is just fantastic and I'm looking forward to a very competitive season."
Being the first race on Sunday's card that featured the IZOD IndyCar Series meant that the USF2000 drivers had to be careful not to be too aggressive too early, since their Cooper tires were cold and the track was green. That was no problem for Karam, who had an even bigger margin of victory on Sunday than he had in Saturday's season opener for the series, which is part of both the Road to Indy and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports driver development programs.
Karam had a whopping 16.732-second lead over the first of two drivers from Cape Motorsports by Wayne Taylor Racing who shared the podium with him on Sunday. Josh Fielding of Chesterfield, England took the runner-up honors, while Patrick McKenna of Dublin, Ireland finished third for his second podium finish in as many days.