Frenchman Tristan Vautier claimed his second victory of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear driving the No. 38 Andersen Racing / Moulin TP / Cecibon / Circuit du Laquais Mazda in Round 3 of the VISITFLORIDA Cup at New Jersey Raceway Park. Starting from the outside of the second row, he took the lead from polesitter Conor Daly's No. 22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. Mazda on the opening lap and led all the way to the checkered flag.
Finishing second – his third podium of the season – in the No. 18 Team Apex / Wabash Capital Investments Mazda was Brazilian Joao Victory Horto. Rounding out the top three was Norwegian racer Anders Krohn, scoring his third podium of the season in the No. 47 Andersen Racing / Norse Cutting & Abandonment / Trallfa / Colosseum Mazda. Krohn was holding tight to second place until the final lap when his gearbox stuck in sixth and Horto was able to pass.
"It's the end of a long nightmare for me and the Andersen Racing team with a win in the first race and then so much bad luck in one race after another," says the young driver from Grenoble, France who won the season-opener at Sebring. "I was able to make a four-second gap over Conor by about halfway, but then his tires went off toward the end and I finished seven seconds ahead of Joao. I has so much emotion crossing the finish line that I almost broke my steering wheel because I was so happy. The Andersen Racing team has worked so hard for this, and all my sponsors who helped make it happen. And to hold this VISITFLORIDA trophy again makes me feel like we have turned a corner and we can show what a good team we are during the rest of the season."
Rounding out the top five was Horto's Team Apex teammate, Venezuelan racer Jorge Goncalves.