World Speed Winning Races, Championships, and Getting Ready For 2013
Team is having a successful 2012 as the season starts winding down
World Speed Motorsports has been spending 2012 racing in as many venues and events as possible providing their development drivers with a ton of valuable experience. "So far this season we have competed in 3 different SCCA regions, the Star Mazda Series, and the Formula Car Challenge," noted Team Manager John Olsen. "Racing in all of these different series concurrently allows our drivers to get three years worth of experience in one season."
Kyle Kaiser ,who is competing in a Pro Formula Mazda with World Speed, has won multiple SCCA races in the PFM this season and is currently the points leader in the class in the Formula Car Challenge. Kaiser has won 4 races so far this season, and has podiumed in 7 out of 10 races. The team is planning to enter Kaiser in the 2013 Star Mazda Championship, and recently entered him in the Star Mazda double header at Mazda Raceway.
Kaiser qualified 8th for race one, and set the fourth fastest lap in race two. "Kyle did a great job of showing his speed and that he can run in this field. He definitely learned some lessons too, but all and all he proved he belongs here and we are all really looking forward to next season," stated WSM Team Owner Telo Stewart.
The FCC presented by Goodyear National Championships took place in August during the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The National Championships were decided based on the sum of points from two races, as well as a point for the fast qualifier and a point for fast race lap in each class. This was the first time that the National Championships were decided in Sonoma. At the end of the weekend FCC presented by Goodyear rookie Michael Whelden had scored the highest as was crowned 2012 FCC presented by Goodyear FS2.0 National Champion.
There are some other notable WSM successes for this season. Renny Damon is leading the FS class in the SFR and CalClub regions of the SCCA. Vince Gaddini is currently in second place in both regions in the Formula Atlantic class. Frank McCormick, who has been racing with World Speed for two decades, is currently in third place in the Formula Atlantic class in the SFR Region of the SCCA.
There is still a lot of racing planned for 2012, including participating in the FCC presented by Goodyear Winter Series, and a few more SCCA races before a final tally of trophies and championships can be made. "We are proud of all of our drivers this season. Every one of them has specific goals and they are all working hard to reach them," added Stewart. "That is a great part of what we do, and is the real highlight for our team each season."
World Speed Motorsports and Championship Winning Engineer Return to the Star Mazda Series TOGETHER for 2013
Pro Formula Mazda powerhouse team and Kent Stacy team up to build a formidable partnership
It was announced earlier in the season that World Speed Motorsports is planning a full time return to the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear in 2013. Kent Stacy will be the lead engineer of the effort, and has been working with the team since mid-2011. World Speed and Stacy have won eight overall Star Mazda Championship titles, and have accumulated countless race wins. Last season Stacy engineered Turner Motorsport's BMW racecars, and they won the Grand American Road Racing GS Driver and Team Championships.
"We have always prided ourselves on our engineering and all of Kent Stacy's experience is a perfect continuation of that, he and all of the team work very well together," stated World Speed Team Owner Telo Stewart. "Star has always been one of our homes in racing and we are both looking forward to being back at it with the right drivers and team," added Stacy. Both World Speed and Kent Stacy are based at Sonoma Raceway in California which makes on and off season testing convenient.
WSM and Stacy have been working with up-and-coming driver Kyle Kaiser. Kaiser is currently leading the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear West Coast Region points battle, and has won races in SCCA and NASA this season. "Kyle has been a welcomed addition to the team, he is fast and just keeps getting faster," noted Team Manager John Olsen. Olsen last worked in the Star Series full time as World Speed's coach in 2006 when the team won the overall championship. Kaiser is committed to run in the 2013 Star Mazda Championship with World Speed, and the team is looking for two suitable teammates for Kyle.
"World Speed Motorsports has always been about developing champions," noted Communications Director Mark Milazzo. "A lot of teams talk about development, but we have the tools and manpower to implement it. I don't know of any other team who has designed their own development racecar, racing series, and who travel to as many races as we do." Last season World Speed competed in 60 unique races, and participated in well over 100 test days with their three full size transporters. The team also won 4 open wheel championships in 2011.
Drivers interested in a team that understands what is needed to win the Star Mazda Championship, and is capable of delivering it should contact Team Owner Telo Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707.935.9761.
About the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and the Mazda Road to Indy
The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is a highspeed training ground for future stars of the sport and a major part of the Mazda Road to Indy.
Top young drivers from around the world compete on major motorsport weekends in front of huge crowds for prizes worth more than $1.2 million.
The Mazda Road to Indy provides a clearly-defined path for career-minded young drivers to progress up through the ranks to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series with scholarship funding for the champion at each level to move up.
- The 2012 USF2000 champion wins a scholarship to move up to 2013 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear.
- The 2012 champion in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear wins a scholarship to move up to the 2013 Indy Lights series.
- The 2012 Indy Lights champion wins a scholarship to move up to the 2013 IZOD IndyCar series - including the Indy 500.
About Mazdaspeed Motorsport and MAZDA USA
Mazda is the brand of choice for road-racers across North America. More than 9,000 grassroots racers compete in various classes with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). Racers who are years away from earning a driver's license can now begin a professional motorsports careers in the Mazda family.
A driver can begin in karts and progress through a variety of diverse series ranging from the Skip Barber series, Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear, NASA and SCCA club racing, USF2000, Star Mazda, Continental Tire Challenge, up to Grand-Am GT and ALMS, all with Mazda. No other car company has ever connected the dots this way.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
World Speed Core Values:
· To do the right thing in all things
· To fulfill the visceral love people have for speed, competition and technology
· To be the best run and operating business in the racing world
· To have a positive effect on the world that we live and work in