Twenty-three drivers from ten countries continue their battle for the inaugural
VISITFLORIDA Cup at this weekend’s double-header, broadcast live on HDnet
Autobahn Country Club / Joliet, IL (July 31, 2010 ) – Starting from his second pole of the season, Quebec
racer Mikael Grenier drove a flawless race to his first victory in this afternoon’s Race 1 / Round 8 of the
HARRAH’S Autobahn Grand Prix Presented by MAZDA. Rounding out the top-3 were Brazilian Caio Lara
and American Conor Daly. The top-finishing Expert Series driver (ages 30-44) was Texan J.W. Roberts and
the first Master Series racer across the finish line was Puerto Rican racer Carlos Conde.

“It may have looked pretty easy for me onTV or in the stands, but in the car it was
harder,” said Grenier, who led every lap of the 45-minute, 17-lap race in his the
#17 Andersen Racing / Slow Cow / April Super Flow / NAPA Auto Parts / HS
Telecom / Desharnais Mazda. “I built up a little bit of a lead so I could relax, but
then we had a safety car come out with about five minutes to go, so when the
race went green for the final few laps, it was like starting all over again. The
Andersen Racing team gave me a great car and we’re working hard to do this again tomorrow.”

Fans can watch the weekend race action live on HDnet as drivers battle for the inaugural VISITFLORIDA
Cup a 7-race championship-within-a-championship sponsored by Florida’s official tourism corporation.
The broadcasts, airing both Saturday, July 31 and Sunday August 1 from 1-4 pm Eastern (12 -3 pm Central),
begin with a half-hour “Mazda Prerace Show presented by Visit” from 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Eastern, followed by three hours of live racing (1-4 pm Eastern), including the Star Mazda Championship
presented by Goodyear, the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda and the Playboy MX-5
Cup. The two 45-minute Star Mazda Championship races are both scheduled to start at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Unlike the morning qualifying session, which was conducted in the rain, the race itself was dry, resulting in
lap times almost 30 seconds quicker around the 3.6-mile Autobahn Country Club circuit. Grenier took the
pole with a 2:43.240 and his fastest lap of the race was a 2:14.498. No doubt this contributed in some
measure to the topsy-turvy nature of the race in which it seemed front and back of the field were
marching in opposite directions on the results sheet.Lara, one of the season’s four race winners with his first-ever victory in Round 6 at New Jersey, qualified

14th in his #19 JDC Motorsports / MLD / ATW Mazda and confirmed his emerging talent with a superb
drive. And Daly’s effort was all the more impressive for the fact that he was demoted to the rear of the
23-car field; he was 5th in qualifying this morning but in post-race inspection his #22 Juncos Racing /
INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. Mazda was found to have an aerodynamic part
that was ‘outside the permissible range of adjustment.’ And the Autobahn track, comprised mainly of
medium and high-speed corners, is widely recognized as being a difficult track on which to pass due to the
lack of braking zones.

Other notable drives include both female drivers in the field; Tatiana Calderon of Bogota, Colombia,
moved up from 12th on the grid to finish 4th – her best result of the season so far – in her #25 Juncos
Racing / JAC Motors Mazda. However, she tried a ‘hail Mary’ pass on Norwegian racer Ander ‘The Viking’
Krohn and caused his #47 Andersen Racing / Norse Cutting & Abandonment / Trallfa / Colosseum Mazda
to spin and drop back to 7th. It also brought out the safety car in the closing stages of the race and, as a
result – per the Star Mazda rule book – Calderon was moved back behind Krohn, who then moved up one,
placing them 6th and 7th respectively.

All of which was to the benefit of local racer Ashley Freiberg of Homer Glen, Illinois, a regular in the Skip
Barber Series making a one-off Star Mazda Championship appearance in her home-town event. She
overcame ongoing mechanical difficulties in practice that limited her on-track time to a handful of laps,
qualified 9th and moved up to finish 5th in the #91 Team GDT / Collision Damage Experts / Azko Nobel /
Charleyhorse Restaurant Mazda. One of the other fast young Canadians in the field, David Ostella from
Maple, Ontario, also benefited from Calderon’s imprudent move; he drove the #16 AIM Autosport / GP
Global Precast Mazda from 10th on the grid to cross the line in 5th and be moved up to 4th, his best finish
of the season.

Several drivers suffered the slings and arrows of racing fortune, including Frenchman Tristan Vautier who
won Race 2 / Round 8 at New Jersey and qualified his #38 Andersen Racing / Moulin TP / Cecibon / Circuit
du Laquais Mazda on the outside of the front row. He suffered a mechanical problem that caused his car
to stop on track on Lap 2; the corner workers tried to get him re-started but couldn’t, and pushed his car
behind the safety barrier. Venezuelan driver Jorge Goncalvez, who put his #9 Team Apex / Wabash Capital
Investments Mazda 4th on the starting grid, had a problem on Lap 10 and pulled into the pits, credited
with a 21st-place finish. Conor De Phillippi, the 2009 Skip Barber Pro Series champion and winner of the
MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder scholarship, started from 7th on the grid in the
#11 JDC Motorsports / MAZDASPEED Motorsports / Skip Barber Mazda but dropped back to finish 14th.
At the end of today’s race, Conor Daly remains in the championship lead with 326 points, four wins, five
poles and a podium finish in every race but one… in which he finished 4th. Anders Krohn remains in
second with 280 points, one pole three podiums and a top-5 finish in every event… except today’s, wherehe finished 6th. Caio Lara moves up from 5th to 3rd with 263 points, one win, three podiums and a top-10
finish in every race. Joao Victor Horto drops from third to fourth with 2626 points, four podiums and a
top-10 finish in every race but one. And race winner Mikael Grenier moves up from seventh to fifth with
255 points, one win, two poles, three podiums and five top-5s. The Star Mazda Championship awards 44
points for a win, and one point for pole.
Qualifying for Race 2 / Round 9 takes place this evening from 6:35 pm to 7:20 pm. The second of the
weekend’s two races begins at 1:00 pm Central (2.00 pm Eastern), Sunday, July 26.

Pos No. Name Laps Diff Avg. Speed Best Tm Sponsor
1 17 Mikael Grenier 17 81.140 2:14.498 Slow Cow, April Super Flow, NAPA Auto Parts, HS Telecom, Desharnais
2 19 Caio Lara 17 3.667 81.029 2:15.275 MLD/ATW/Molecule
3 22 Conor Daly 17 4.285 81.011 2:13.769 INDECK, The College Network, Merchant Services Ltd.
4 16 David Ostella 17 9.640 80.850 2:15.151 GP Global Precast
5 91 Ashley Freiberg 17 10.923 80.811 2:17.302 CDE, AKZO Nobel, Charley Horse, C + D Supply
6 47 Anders Krohn 17 12.544 80.763 2:14.386 Norse Cutting and Abandonment, Trallfa Industries, Colosseum
7 25 Tatiana Calderon 17 6.061 80.957 2:15.208 JAC Motors
8 21 Kevin Toledo 17 14.204 80.713 2:17.069 THL / Autodromo Codegua / Info-Centro
9 81 Nick Andries 17 14.444 80.706 2:17.507 Indy 500/ American Icon Team Pelfrey
10 18 Joao Horto 17 14.870 80.693 2:17.034 Wabash Capital Investments, BomBril – Programa LeiLoes
11 28 Bob Kaminsky 17 16.444 80.646 2:17.395 Air Tigers Inc. / Slick
12 20 Carlos Linares 17 16.986 80.630 2:17.805 Instituto Nacional De Deportes
13 66 Rusty Mitchell 17 17.365 80.619 2:16.090 Motorola, Petro Comm.
14 11 Connor De Phillippi 17 19.227 80.563 2:16.634 Mazdaspeed Motorsports, Skip Barber
15 75 Jeff Garibotti 17 21.289 80.502 2:18.678
16 65 J.W. Roberts 17 30.340 80.233 2:18.076 General Data Tech
17 31 Carlos Conde 17 35.851 80.071 2:20.069 Pronto-GMT, Olympus Securities
18 37 Dom Bastien 17 36.854 80.041 2:23.595 Andersen Race Park
19 55 Gerry Kraut 17 48.944 79.688 2:18.257 Dougherty and Co./Dougherty Funding LLC.
20 23 Walt Bowlin 17 1:23.656 78.689 2:23.470 Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery
21 9 Jorge Goncalvez 11 6 Laps 49.976 2:16.778 Wabash Capital Investments
22 85 Chris Miller 9 8 Laps 84.389 2:17.457 Miller Milling, Red Line Oil
23 38 Tristan Vautier 2 15 Laps 89.984 2:18.333 Moulin TP, Cecibon, Circuit du Laquais, Fontanel

For more information on the Star Mazda Championship and its drivers, as well as the Mazda Motorsports
ladder system, please visit and For information, interviews
and photos, contact Star Mazda Communications Director Peter Frey at (818) 398-5733 or

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