Adding more polish to his already gleaming season, Conor Daly won his sixth race from his eighth pole position of 2010 in Round 11 of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at Elkhart Lake's Road America.
The Indianapolis native, who dropped back to third on the opening laps but fought his way back into the lead by lap 5, survived a full-course yellow in the closing laps that led to a one-lap shootout and brought his No. 22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. Mazda across the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of Venezuelan racer Jorge Goncalvez, who started third on the grid in the No. 9 Team Apex / Wabash Capital Investments Mazda. Rounding out the top-3 with his first-ever Star Mazda Championship podium finish was Californian Connor De Phillippi, who qualified his No. 11 JDC Motorsports / MAZDASPEED Motorsports / Skip Barber Mazda on the outside of the front row, also his best-ever qualifying effort.
The top-finishing Expert and Master Series drivers were a replay of last weekend at Trois-Rivieres with Team GDT teammates J.W. Roberts (No. 65 Team GDT / General Data Tech Mazda and Carlos Conde (No. 31 Team GDT / Pronto-GMT / Olympus Securities Mazda winning their respective classes. Roberts' drive was particularly notable as, in winning his class, he also finished 11th overall; he has now scored eight class victories this season and has clinched the 2010 Star Mazda Master Series Championship.