2008 Star Mazda Championship

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2008 Star Mazda Championship
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The 2008 Star Mazda Championship was a season of the open wheel racing series the Star Mazda Championship. It consisted of a 12-race schedule beginning in March and ending in October, with only the best eleven race results counting towards the championship. As with 2007, the series featured races exclusively on road and street courses. In addition to the main championship that is typically tested by young, developing drivers, there were also additional class titles for older drivers.

John Edwards won the championship ahead of Joel Miller and Peter Dempsey despite missing the first round of the championship.[1] Edwards won four races, the same as Dempsey, but Dempsey had three finishes of 20th or worse, one of which counted in his points total, while Edwards worst points-scoring finish was 4th. Miller won only once, in the season opener. Noted British drivers Charles Hall and Tom Gladdis also participated in the series and finished fifth and sixth in points, respectively. Each won a single race. British driver Richard Kent won the final race of the season in his series debut, despite not being registered for the championship. Notable international female drivers Natalia Kowalska and Michele Bumgarner also competed in the series despite not being registered for the championship.[2]

Chris Cumming won the Expert class for drivers 30 and older and Chuck Hulse won the Masters class championship for drivers 40 and older.[3]

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Circuit Location Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Supporting
1 United States Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida March 14 United States Joel Miller United Kingdom Tom Gladdis United States Joel Miller JDC Motorspors American Le Mans Series
2 United States Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah May 17 United States John Edwards United States John Edwards United States John Edwards AIM Autosport American Le Mans Series
3 United States Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York June 7 United States Alex Ardoin United Kingdom Charles Hall United Kingdom Charles Hall Andersen Racing Grand Am Rolex Sports Cars
4 United States Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon July 26 United Kingdom Tom Gladdis United Kingdom Tom Gladdis United Kingdom Tom Gladdis Andersen Racing stand-alone
5 July 27 United Kingdom Tom Gladdis United Kingdom Tom Gladdis United States John Edwards AIM Autosport
6 United States Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 9 United States John Edwards Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Andersen Racing American Le Mans Series
7 Canada Circuit Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Quebec August 17 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Andersen Racing stand-alone
8 Canada Mosport International Raceway Bowmanville, Ontario August 23 United States John Edwards Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Andersen Racing American Le Mans Series
9 United States New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey September 13 United States Joel Miller United States John Edwards United States John Edwards AIM Autosport stand-alone
10 September 14 United States John Edwards Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Andersen Racing
11 United States Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia October 3 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey United States John Edwards AIM Autosport American Le Mans Series
12 United States Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California October 18 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey United Kingdom Richard Kent Andersen Racing American Le Mans Series

Championship standings[edit]

Driver's[edit]

Pos Driver SEB
United States
SLC
United States
WGL
United States
POR
United States
ROA
United States
TRO
Canada
MOS
Canada
NJ
United States
ATL
United States
LAG
United States
Points
Overall
1 United States John Edwards 1 6 26 1 2 2 4 1 3 1 2 422
2 United States Joel Miller 1 3 2 22 3 19 4 2 2 4 2 4 406
3 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey 3 4 4 24 27 1 1 1 3 1 19 3 398
4 United States Alex Ardoin 4 10 3 2 6 4 3 5 23 2 18 5 365
5 United Kingdom Charles Hall 2 2 1 29 4 3 5 19 6 5 22 342
6 United Kingdom Tom Gladdis 5 5 1 2 5 8 3 5 13 8 334
7 United States Billy Goshen 10 8 5 3 5 14 19 7 12 6 7 7 324
8 Brazil Caio Lara 12 28 22 10 11 8 7 8 16 14 6 6 286
9 United States Kristy Kester 8 18 13 4 12 7 17 12 13 12 16 10 284
10 Canada Taylor Hacquard 9 6 18 5 10 22 10 20 9 11 10 20 281
11 United States Scott Rettich 14 24 15 23 18 6 9 21 7 8 5 22 269
12 Canada Chris Cumming 17 15 11 6 8 24 11 13 21 10 17 21 259
13 United States Jeffery Kester 16 25 20 9 9 20 15 9 8 9 20 19 259
14 United States Chuck Hulse 18 26 14 13 16 11 12 16 11 15 12 11 259
15 Brazil Ernesto Otero 26 13 8 8 7 8 6 6 20 23 243
16 United States J. W. Roberts 21 19 23 16 20 16 14 14 19 22 14 14 230
17 United States Rusty Mitchell 19 13 21 20 11 14 18 13 9 203
18 United States Gerry Kraut 19 17 17 12 28 12 15 11 24 192
19 Brazil Rick Rosin 20 14 10 15 16 3 8 176
20 United States Phil Fogg, Jr. 11 14 14 16 18 13 135
21 United States Michael Guasch 29 11 22 17 19 16 106
22 United States Richard Zober 22 16 17 22 17 99
23 United States Mike Hill 13 9 7 79
24 United States Eric Freiberg 11 7 21 71
25 United States Chris Hundley 15 18 45
26 United States Nick Haye 6 30
27 United States John Zartarian 7 29
28 Mexico Juliana González 15 21
29 Puerto Rico Carlos Conde 17 20
30 United States Cody Jolly 27 14
30 United States Keith Young 22 14
32 United States Dan Tomlin, III 23 13
33 United States Dan Tomlin, Jr. 24 12
34 Canada Yannick Hoffman 25 11
Expert class
1 Canada Chris Cumming 17 15 11 6 8 24 11 13 21 10 17 21 188
2 United States J. W. Roberts 21 19 23 16 20 16 14 14 19 22 14 14 166
3 United States Phil Fogg, Jr. 11 14 14 16 18 13 100
4 United States Richard Zober 22 16 17 22 17 74
5 United States Dan Tomlin, III 23 14
Masters class
1 United States Chuck Hulse 18 26 14 13 16 11 12 16 11 15 12 11 192
2 United States Gerry Kraut 19 17 17 12 28 12 15 11 24 150
3 United States Michael Guasch 29 11 22 17 19 16 84
4 United States Chris Hundley 15 18 28
5 Puerto Rico Carlos Conde 18 14
5 United States Keith Young 22 14
6 United States Dan Tomlin, Jr. 24 12
Unregistered drivers
United Kingdom Richard Kent 1
Finland Valle Mäkelä 4 7 21
Canada Kyle Marcelli 4
United States Patrick O'Neill 16 7 17 18 21 15
United Kingdom Jonny Baker 12 9 23
United States Court Vernon 9
Poland Natalia Kowalska 12 30 29 13 13 10
Chile Kevin Toledo 10 20
United States Bobby Caldwell 10
United States Ron White 12
Philippines Michele Bumgarner 27 20 19 27 15
United States David House 23 15 21 25
United States Bob Kaminsky 15
United States Frank McCormick 17 24 17
United States Dave Mundy 21 18
United States Michael Gesser 18 25
United States Stan Kohls 21 20 19
United States Brian Johnson 25 23
United States Jason Vinkemulder 23
United States Pedro Serramalera 28 26
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap

Note: Expert and Masters classes have different point system than the overall championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2008 Star Mazda Champion: John Michael Edwards, Junior Open Wheel Talent, October 19, 2008, Retrieved 2011-07-25
  2. ^ Bumgarner: From karting to formula racing, Manila Standard Today, May 30, 2008, Retrieved 2011-07-04
  3. ^ 2008 Star Mazda points, Star Mazda Championship, Retrieved 2011-07-25

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