DALY MAKES A STATEMENT IN CANADA AT THE GRAND PRIX OF MOSPORT
CANADA (AUGUST 28, 2010) Conor Daly won the 2010 Star Mazda Championship by taking the pole in Round 12 at the Grand Prix of Mosport. Daly was breaking records in his #22 car achieving a streak of nine poles and seven wins. The VP sponsored racer racked up such a points lead that he technically was the champion before the race had started.
Rather than play it safe, Daly showed his ferocity by leading every lap and finishing 0.764 seconds ahead of Jorge Goncalvez, the Venezuelan 2nd-place finisher. "Even though I wasn't worried about the championship I still wanted to win for the Juncos Racing team and it was still a fairly tough race with Jorge right behind me for the first ten laps and I knew it was going to be tough to pull any kind of a gap," said Daly.
"With the yellow flag right at the end leaving us with a green/white/checkered situation I knew I had to be careful because the track was really slick by that point and I kind of tiptoed through the first turn and got a run while the guys behind me slid wide and that gave me a little bit of breathing room to bring it home,” described the young driver.
Rounding out the top-3 after moving up from his 6th-place qualifying position, was California racer Connor De Phillippe. Frenchman Tristan Vautier, winner of two races this year and starting from 3rd on the grid brought his #38 Mazda home in 4th.
“The Juncos team has put forward a tremendously professional effort all season and I can't thank them enough. I'll be going into the last race at Road Atlanta with the same attitude I've had all season; put it on the pole and win the race, but I will be thinking about how I can help my teammates get on the podium so we can wind up the season in style," stated an excited Daly.
While the overall series championship and the Master Series championships have been settled, there is one remaining prestigious title to be won in the season finale -- the inaugural VISITFLORIDA Cup, a 7-race championship-within-a-championship. For information about the Mosport race visit www.MazdaRacing.tv. CLICK HERE for more info about VP’s road racing blends.