EDMONTON, Alberta – Rookie Camilo Schmidt came out on top of a wet and wild Star Mazda Championship Series event Saturday at Edmonton City Centre, earning his first series victory in the process.
Given that his previous best finish in the series was ninth and he had qualified 15th, it would have been easy enough to write his victory off as luck.
Well, except for the fact that he got a monster start when the lights went green and climbed from 15th to fifth by lap five.
Then of course the rain came, and the carnage, and the confusion, and the collisions. So yes, there was some luck, but also a tremendous drive from Schmidt.
“It was the craziest race I was ever in,” Schmidt said through his teammate and interpreter Carlos Linares. “But I got a very good start and was able to move up a lot of places before the rain came down really heavy, and we decided to stay out on dry tires while a lot of people went into the pits.
“When the race went to green, everyone started spinning and crashing and I was able to stay out of the way. I’m very proud to be able to have this result for the Linares Racing team.”
Polesitter Sage Karam ended the race second. Gabby Chaves was third, followed by Martin Scuncio and Connor De Phillippi.