MONTEREY, Calif. – Colombian racer Gabriel Chaves scored his first victory in the Star Mazda Championship Series presented by Goodyear in today’s event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Starting from the pole and leading every lap, he took the checkered 15 seconds ahead of yesterday’s winner and 2012 series champion Jack Hawksworth.
With his victory, Chaves became the sixth race winner of the season, joining Hawksworth, Sage Karam, Connor De Phillippi, Martin Scuncio and Camilo Schmidt.
Finishing third and scoring his second podium of the weekend was Connor De Phillippi. Walt Bowlin won the Expert Series race-within-a-race for drivers 30 and older, finishing 16th overall.
“This win is a great victory for me personally, for the JDC Motorsports team and my sponsors, CLARO and Marca Colombia,” said Chaves. “I had a very fast car yesterday even though I finished second to Jack, and today, as soon as the race started, I felt very much in control and was able to pull out a good gap and work on driving each lap as perfectly as possible. We have had a very consistent season, with nine podium finishes, but now that I know what a Star Mazda victory tastes like, I’ll go to the final race at Petit Le Mans in a few weeks hungry for another one.”