Conor Daly won the 2010 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear with a win from the pole in the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport.
Driving the #22 Juncos Racing Daly to a record-breaking streak of nine poles and seven wins, the Indianapolis native had such a points lead that he technically became the champion the moment the race started, but rather than play it safe and cruise to the checkered, Daly led every lap to cross the finish line 0.764sec ahead of Venezuelan racer Jorge Goncalvez who started from the outside of the front row in the No. 9 Team Apex car.
Said Daly: "Even though I wasn't worried about the championship I still wanted to win for the Juncos Racing team and it was still a fairly tough race with Jorge right behind me for the first 10 laps. I knew it was going to be tough to pull any kind of a gap
“With the yellow flag right at the end leaving us with a green/white/checkered situation, I knew I had to be careful because the track was really slick by that point and I kind of tiptoed through the first turn and got a run while the guys behind me slid wide and that gave me a little bit of breathing room to bring it home. The Juncos team has put forward a tremendously professional effort all season and I can't thank them enough.He went on: “I'll be going into the last race at Road Atlanta with the same attitude I've had all season; put it on the pole and win the race, but I will be thinking about how I can help my teammates get on the podium so we can wind up the season in style."
Rounding out the top-3 after moving up from his 6th-place qualifying position, was California racer Connor De Phillippi. This was his second podium in a row driving the #11 JDC Motorsports machine. He also turned the quickest lap of the race, 1:17.055 on Lap 11. De Phillippi, the 2009 Skip Barber Pro Series champion, is racing in the Star Mazda Championship this season with backing from the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder.
Frenchman Tristan Vautier, winner of two races this year and starting from 3rd on the grid brought his Andersen Racing car home in 4th. Norwegian racer Anders 'The Viking' Krohn, the only driver who, before the start of the 45-minute race, still had a mathematical chance – however slim – of denying Daly the championship, qualified and finished 5th in a second Andersen Racing machine.