ONTARIO (JULY 24, 2011) João Victor Horto, a Brazilian racer in his second season of competition in the Star Mazda Championship, scored his first win today in Round 6 of the 2011 season at Mosport International Raceway. The young racer was running on a special blend of VP100 made specifically for the Star Mazda series.  

Horto, who qualified 5th, drove his #18 Juncos Racing Mazda to a 2.69-second margin of victory over 2nd-place finisher Connor De Phillippi. Horto made his move into the lead in the closing stages of the race as De Phillippi and pole-sitter Sage Karam swung too wide in turn 5.

"Juncos Racing worked really hard to give me a great car for the race and I was able to fight with the top-4 cars right from the start," said Horto, the Brazilian karting champion who finished 7th in the 2010 Star Mazda Championship.  "Sage went off into the dirt in Turn 2 but got back on and kept fighting with Connor so I just waited for my chance.  They were side-by-side into Turn 5 and I got a run and was able to pass on the outside going down the back straight.  It feels amazing to win my first Star Mazda race and now that I know what it takes, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season.  The next race is at Trois-Rivières, a street circuit, and I really like street circuits, so we'll go for the win there, too."

Also on VP fuel, De Phillippi started from the outside of the front row, got the best start, led the first half of the 35-lap race and survived unscathed a wheel-banging battle with Karam during the second half.   Starting from 6th and finishing third, her second podium of the season, was the series' lone female racer, Tatiana Calderon of Colombia in the #10 Juncos Racing Mazda.
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