Series rookie gets 8th place points and retains top ten in overall points
Battling at another new circuit, World Speed Motorsports’ rookie standout Taylor Hacquard survived contact from behind and two caution flag periods to record an eighth place finish at the challenging Road Atlanta circuit in Round Eleven of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear.
Driving the #15 Wolfe Auto Group Pro Formula Mazda, Hacquard secured his grip in the top-ten overall as the season heads towards the finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with his eighth top-ten finish of the season in a hotly contested 25-lap event.
“I knew a top-five and potentially a podium was on the cards,” stated Taylor. “I was learning all weekend long, continuing to improve so I felt a strong result was possible. Once I was hit I just put my head down to bring the car home and at least I’ve moved up in the driver standings. I dealt with adversity and my confidence is pretty high now moving on to Laguna Seca – a track I do have some experience at which hopefully bodes well for me.”
Just several hours south of their Infineon Raceway headquarters, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has featured prominently with World Speed Motorsports, with Grant Ryley and Scott Bradley both picking up Star Mazda Championship victories at the circuit. The track also witnessed Bradley and Adrian Carrio locking up the 2001 and 2006 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear driver titles respectively.
The 2008 championship comes to a close when the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 16-18.