The schedule for the 2011 Star Mazda Championship has just been released. The US-based junior series features eleven events over a ten race weekends, while playing a supporting role to the IZOD IndyCar Series, the American Le Mans Series and one with USAC.
It will run on four street circuits, three ovals and three road courses, starting the final weekend of March in St Petersberg. The season will then reach a climax in September at the wonderful Laguna Seca circuit in California and will also take in a mid-season double header at Quebec’s Trois-Rivieres circuit.
The calendar has some changes to what was run this year: 2011 has seen the addition of the Milwaukee Mile, Sonoma Raceway and Baltimore, but has lost Sebring, New Jersey, Autobahn Country Club (Chicago), Road America and Road Atlanta.
Star Mazda counts itself as part of the Road to Indy campaign to encourage young drivers on a path to the IndyCar Series. Since taking the 2010 title, Juncos Racing man Conor Daly has recently tested in GP3 and will be testing the Indy Lights program with AFS/Andretti-Autosport later this week.
One date in April has still to be confirmed, but may well be Barber Motorsports Park as a support to the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama.
2011 Star Mazda Championship Schedule
March 26-27: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with IndyCar
April : TBA
May 27-28: O’Reilly Raceway Park with USAC
June 18-19: The Milwaukee Mile with IndyCar
June 24-25: Iowa Speedway with IndyCar
July 22-23: Mosport with ALMS
August 6: Trois-Rivieres
August 7: Trois-Rivieres
August 26-27: Infineon Raceway with IndyCar
September 3-4: Baltimore Grand Prix with IndyCar
September 16-17: Laguna Seca with ALMS