Contact: Brian Mackey
Mackey Marketing Group
CASEY NEAL'S STAR MAZDA SEBRING DEBUT
Sebring, FL: Casey Neal's debut in Star Mazda was a quick one, in
than one. The 2005 Red Bull Driver Search World Finalist showed why
attracted so much attention in such a short period of time with an
impressive, albeit short, showing at Sebring International Raceway
opening round of the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear
March 17. Neal qualified 4th on the starting grid with a time of
while his second fastest lap was 2:01.467, a faster 2nd best lap
those posted by the top 3 drivers on the grid. In fact, Neal's 2nd
lap was the fastest of all 2nd fastest laps, showing a consistency
that was sure to help him in the race.
But at the green flag, Neal fell victim to a first turn incident
him off the track and out of the race. Neal took the green flag in
Drive4USA/Elf Racing Lubricants sponsored John Walko Racing entry
strong start and was attempting to pass polesitter Brad Jaeger, when
the rev-limiter and decided to tuck in behind Jaeger entering turn
this juncture, another competitor touched wheels with Neal damaging
right-front suspension and disabling the steering resulting in Neal
off the track at turn one and ending his race early.
"It was a major disappointment," said Neal. "The car was superb and
really looking forward to a competitive race. The team that John
together was superb. Walko's crew provided me with a car that was
and both engineer Bruce Croker and mechanic (2005 Star Mazda
Mechanic-of-the-Year) Caleb Stream helped me immensely in my
Star Mazda racing. I was sorely disappointed to sit on the pit wall
debut race of the Star Mazda Series."
Neal has caught the attention of numerous veteran industry sponsors
up-and-coming driver talent. Most notably, he was one to two
selected as 2005 Red Bull Driver's Search World Finalists. Then, at
Sebring, the veteran driver development initiative, Drive4USA added
support of Neal. It marks the first time that both the Red Bull
Search Finalists and the Drive4USA Driver Development initiative
their support for the same driver. In addition, Elf Racing
their strong history of support for up-and-coming drivers is a
sponsor of Neal. Elf Lubricant's Laurent Siret first noticed Neal's
as a sponsor of Casey Neal during his impressive karting career.
Casey Neal will next compete at the Houston round of the Star Mazda
on May 13-14 as part of the Champ Car Series event schedule.
For additional information on Casey Neal visit
Mackey Marketing Group, Inc.
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