Scuncio Cops Second Star Mazda Run

Martin Scuncio was a winner in the Star Mazda nightcap Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.
Martin Scuncio was a winner in the Star Mazda nightcap Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.

LEEDS, Ala. — Argentine racer Martin Scuncio, driving the No. 22 Juncos Racing Mazda, ended Jack Hawksworth’s two-racing winning streak in Sunday’s second Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear race at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scuncio crossed the finish line 0.651 seconds ahead of Hawksworth in his previously-invincible No. 82 Team Pelfrey / TORGOEN Swiss Watches / EXA Networks Mazda, and 1.601 seconds ahead of Juncos Racing teammate Connor De Phillippi.

The top-finishing driver in the Expert Series, a race-within-a-race for drivers 30 and older, was Larry Pegram, a top racer in the AMA SuperBike Series who periodically trades two wheels for four and now leads the Expert Series championship.

“I’m very happy for myself, my team and all the people who’ve helped me over the years, this one is for them,” said Scuncio, an F3 champion in Chile and veteran of both European and U.S. open-wheel racing. “The Juncos Racing team gives me a good car every time, but I have not always made the best use of it, until today. My car felt very strong and I was able to pass Connor in Turn 11 on the third lap and stay ahead of him. It wasn’t easy, but I felt very much in control and now that I know this feeling, I believe I will experience it again soon.”

Scuncio, 20, made a splashy debut in the Star Mazda Championship in 2010 with a one-off race at the final event in Road Atlanta where he narrowly missed being on the pole and finished fourth in the race.

In 2011, he improved on his record in the season opener, starting from the pole and finishing second. He only ran a partial 2011 season, scoring two podiums and finished 13th in the championship.

Rounding out the top five were Gustavo Menezes and Juan Piedrahita.