Kaiser and World Speed Successful in Opening Race Weekend at U.S. Formula One Circuit
March 3rd, 2013
World Speed driver Kyle Kaiser started off his rookie season in the Pro Formula Mazda Championship by being the fastest car at the first official test day at Circuit of the Americas. By the end of the double header race weekend Kaiser had tallied two solid finishes that placed him sixth overall in the championship, and a mere four points outside of the third position.
"This weekend Kyle proved that he is in the right place in the Pro Mazda Championship, and we are proud to have him under our tent," stated Team Owner Telo Stewart. "It was a good first weekend. Kyle really rose to the occasion, especially in the second race after the low-temp rev-limiter forced him to start the race dead last. He quickly passed about three cars before it went yellow. Once we were green again he kept the charge going getting up to fifth. He ended up finishing in a respectable 6th position." In race one Kaiser started in 6th, and finished in 8th position.
Kaiser and the #18 Intervision/NetApp/Juniper Networks/Riverbed sponsored Pro Formula Mazda head to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg next. Rounds three and four of the series take place March 23rd and 24th on the challenging Florida street course.
About the series:
The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted in 2013 as a new series, replacing the Star Mazda Championship which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years. It is the second official step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system with the series' champion awarded a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to Firestone Indy Lights competition the following year. Series official timing reports from COTA can be found here.
About the track:
Circuit Of The Americas is a multi-purpose facility that will host the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S.
About Kyle Kaiser:
Kyle Kaiser was born in Los Gatos, California, on March 5, 1996. He started his karting career at the age of 7, winning multiple races before moving up to formula cars with Skip Barber Racing in 2010, winning the 2010 Western Region Rookie-of-the-Year title, finishing 2nd overall in the championship. Following a 3rd place finish in the 2011 Skip Barber Western Region Championship Kaiser joined World Speed Motorsports and captured the Pro Mazda class championship in the Formula Car Challenge, winning 8 races, and finishing on the podium in 11 out of the 14 races. When not on track, Kaiser is a high school junior at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California.