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Scott Jenkins moves to the pole position at Mid-Ohio
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Saturday, June 26, 2004 - 12:03pm

Lexington, Ohio. Scott Jenkins has been moved into the pole position for this afternoon's Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after Guy Cosmo's pole winning time was disallowed for a technical infraction. Jenkins, driving for Team Bucknum, will lead a highly competitive field of cars to the green flag as 14 of the 41 cars posted times within one second of the pole winning time.

Joining Jenkins on the front row will be the winner of the opening round of the championship at Sebring, Daniel DiLeo. Sitting directly behind Jenkins and DiLeo will be defending series champion Luis Schiavo and Nick Steele, who will be making only his 23 start in any category of racing.

The new Pro Formula Mazda has also attracted some familiar names into the Star Mazda fold, with IndyCar Driver Richie Hearn, fresh off his run in the Indy 500 in May, devoting himself to his new team, Hearn Motorsports, and their Brazilian protégé Raphael Matos, who will start fifth. Also competing in their first race weekend is Andersen-Walko Racing, who will field cars for Mike Andersen and 17 year old hotshoe Jonathan Klein and Blueacre Racing who will assist Terry Borcheller as he does double duty at Mid-Ohio, racing in both the Star Mazda event as well as the American LeMans Series event on Sunday.

The 2004 Season marks the debut of the new Pro Formula Mazda which features a carbon fiber chassis, manufactured by Elan Motorsports Technologies, and powered by the Mazda “Renesis” rotary engine as found in the new RX-8. Drivers are competing for a prize package worth over $500,000. With the winner receiving $100,000 and a new RX-8. To keep series costs and competition fair, the series has a single engine builder, spec shocks, tires, springs, spark plugs, gear ratios and brake pads, making the driver the most vital component in the car.

Round Two of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear will be held with the American Le Mans Series event at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course on June 26 at 3:35 PM Eastern Time. The Mid-Ohio round of the championship will be broadcast by Speed Channel on July 11 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. For more information please visit www.starmazda.com.

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