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January 25th, 2011
Sonoma, CA

Standing Start drivers and coaches had a great 2010 season, and ended up on podiums across the country. Stan Kohl's won the 2010 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear West Coast Region championship in the Pro Formula Mazda Class. Chris Cumming finished fourth overall in the IMSA GT3 Challenge, and was on the podium four times in only his first season in sedans. Standing Start manager and coach John Olsen won the Racing Driver Club 4 Hour Enduro at Mazda Raceway.

The drivers and coaches are gearing up for the 2011 season and many of them will be at the Rolex 24 at Daytona including Mikel Miller, Taylor Hacquard, & Chris Cumming. Standing Start is already working with new drivers on testing days, and inside of driver development camps in preparation for the 2011 season.

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Chris Cumming Back-to-Back Podiums at MMP in GT3
July 11th, 2010
Tooele, UT

Chris Cumming headed to Miller Motorsports Park in Utah this past weekend, and came home with some hard earned trophies. The field was close as usual, and the pressure was high. “Chris was battling hard in both races which was an extreme mental and physical workout. We were very proud of his on-track performance at MMP and we're looking forward to getting him onto the top step before the end of this season." Complete story and results here>>
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Standing Start Driver Dave House Podiums Back to Back Weekends

July 5th, 2010
Portland OR

Dave House a perenial race favorite in the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear brought home a collection of trophies over the June 25-27 Infineon Raceway, and July 2nd-4th race weekends. House was coached at these events by Standing Start coach Grant Ryley.
Race story and results posted here >>

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Standing Start Open Wheel Champion Jumps into Sedans
March 18th, 2010
Sebring, FL

Chris Cumming, who won the 2007 Star Mazda West Coast Championship and the 2008 and 2009 Star Mazda presented by Goodyear Expert Championship with Standing Start coaching, has decided to compete in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Challenge. This weekend is his first race in the new car. He will have Standing Start coaches at every event to help him get the most out of himself and his Porsche.
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Standing Start Provides Series Coach to FCC presented by Goodyear
February 18th, 2010
Sonoma, CA

The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear announced today that a Standing Start coach would be at every event to provide coaching and other support to the series. More information on the series can be found at:
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Standing Start Driver Wins Another Star Mazda Championship
Oct 13th, 2009
Sonoma, CA

Chris Cumming, who won the 2007 Star Mazda West Coast Championship and the 2008 Star Mazda presented by Goodyear Expert Championship with Standing Start coaching, has added a new title to his ever growing resume. This past weekend at Mazda Raceway in Monterey California Cumming won the 2009 Star Mazda presented by Goodyear Expert Championship.
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Standing Start Coach Tests in Indy Lights Series

Oct 4th, 2009
Sonoma, CA

Standing Start coach Ron White tested an Indy Lights car at Homestead recently with Andersen Racing.

“We had a good test; the weather was on our side and I was excited to work with Andersen Racing for the first time,” White said. 

“I’d like to thank the team for the opportunity to gain some of the knowledge and experience that I’ll need to compete in Firestone Indy Lights next year. I look forward to working with them again. The team was very organized and everyone worked very well together. They were very friendly to me as well.

“The car had good power and it was fun to drive,” White added.

Team co-owner John Andersen was also very pleased with the test. “Ron adapted well to the car, and as the day progressed his times got better and better,” he said.  “We shared the day with some other drivers who had more experience in a Firestone Indy Lights car, and Ron ran competitive times. I think he learned a lot, and we were very pleased with him and how he handled himself in the car.” 

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Standing Start Driver Wins Regional Formula Mazda Championship
Sonoma, California (November 8, 2008) --

At th Formula Car Challenge final race Kevin Woods brought his car home in seventh place overall to seal the championship and the Rookie of the Year title. "My thanks go out to everyone at World Speed for their hard work in putting together this race series and for providing me with an excellent car all year. They have helped me develop as a driver with the help of Standing Start and I'm already looking forward to next season."
Standing Start Driver Wins Regional Formula Atlantic Championship

Willows, California (October 30, 2008) --

This past weekend was the double points single race SCCA finale at Thunderhill Raceway. Sean Prewett in his rookie year of competition in the San Francisco Region not only won the final race of the season, but took home the coveted Formula Atlantic championship.

"The FA class here in the SFR region is really competitive as there are many good drivers in some really fast equipment," stated World Speed Team Manager John Olsen. "Sean had his work cut out for him day one, and he just kept at it."

SEAN PREWETT POST RACE NOTES: "After a difficult weekend at Laguna my goal going into Thunderhill was to have a strong showing but more importantly to work on eliminating mistakes on the track. During the race my teammate and competitor for the championship, Kevin Woods, made a rare error and I knew to have a shot to gain points on him I needed to capitalize by winning the race. I was able to pass Frank in turn 9 on the lap after the restart and after that just concentrated on keeping a gap and hitting my marks. We all struggled for grip on the new surface and John Olsen made a number of changes to the car during the weekend making it much easier to handle, so I have to thank him for his efforts. I would like to thank everyone at World Speed for a great year, in particular my mechanic Adrian for keeping the car in top shape and also my Standing Start coach Ron White for helping me improve on the track."

Standing Start Driver Cumming Wraps Up Championship

Millville, New Jersey (September 15, 2008) --

Driving the #16 Inviro Medical Pro Formula Mazda, World Speed Motorsports' Chris Cumming is the newly crowned Expert Class champion for the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear after recording his seventh class victory of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

"This has been an incredible season. I came into the season hoping to run well and to be able to clinch the championship with two races left and to have a shot at the top ten overall in points is awesome," revealed the Vancouver, British Columbia based driver.

"Everybody at World Speed Motorsports has been at the top of their game from the beginning of the season and I need to thank them for all their hard work in getting me to this place. It is an incredible feeling to come into a series as competitive as this and to know that you have a shot at climbing the podium."

Cumming, who joined the World Speed Motorsports stable in 2006, has earned his second championship in two seasons with the team, capturing the 2007 Star Mazda West Coast Series Championship in a shootout with Patrick O'Neill. "Chris has been working hard all year, and really made some marked improvements," stated Team Owner Telo Stewart. "We are very proud of him and excited for his second championship in as many years."

Chris' Standing Start coach Mikel Miller had this to add, "Chris is really starting to take a close analytical look at what he needs to do to improve, and he is implementing what he learns session by session. Taking the time to pour over data and videos can be tedious but when you see the results the very next session you begin to see it is time well spent."

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