Miller Motorsports Park, Utah, USA (May 16, 2009) – Given that he dominated all but one of the four practices session over the two days leading up to the race, and put his #11 JDC Motorsports car backed by Molecule on the pole by a margin of just under 4/10ths, it came as no surprise to anyone that he eventually crossed the finish line ahead of 32 other cars to win Round Three of the 2009 Star Mazda Championship at Miller Motorsports Park. The manner of it, however, was a bit more interesting.
Christodoulou, starting from the inside of the front row, got an excellent start and pulled into the lead; his intent to drive a clean race from the front and leading every lap seemed to be going according to plan. Then a full-course yellow resulting from contact between two mid-pack cars – as it so often does – nearly changed everything. After two laps of full course Yellow, on the re-start, it was his team mate Alex who emerged from the four-abreast charge into Turn One leading the pack. « I couldn’t believe it when the safety car came out, I was just hoping it wasn’t going to be a repeat of the Virginia race. » Said Christodoulou
Christodoulou was pushing Ardoin all the way making multiple attempts to try and get past, he tried a late out brake into the 1st corner, both drivers with in inches of making contact but keeping it clean, after Christodoulou pushing Alex throughout the majority of the race Alex finally made the mistake under pressure from Christodoulou, dropping him back down the field.
Christodoulou, on the other hand, was quite content, having driven a flawless – if not quite according to plan – race, grabbing fastest lap and to score his second victory of the season (he won from the front row at Sebring) and consolidate his lead in the points championship that he had shared entering the Miller weekend with Peter Dempsey, winner of Round Two at Virginia International Raceway.
Christodoulou was also the top-finishing driver among those signed up for the Racing For Kids program and will have $500 donated in his name to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City and a matching amount to a children’s hospital in the U.K.
« It definitely wasn’t an easy race, » said Christodoulou, the 2008 U.K. Formula Renault Champion. « Alex was pretty quick, got a decent re-start and he pulled away at the start while I was battling it out with the guys behind me. I caught back up with him and pushed him as hard as I could into the first corner and I think he hit the kill switch, and that was it for him. Obviously I passed him, took the lead and just kept my head down and took it to the end. »