In its debut season in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, Juncos Racing will go into the final round of 2009 this week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as the Championship leaders. After 12 races, Juncos Racing has achieved four wins, four poles, and 15 top-ten finishes among five different drivers.

Driver of the #3/Juncos Racing/Motorsport Ireland/ Collection machine, Peter Dempsey, showcased his talent in a dominating performance at Road Atlanta just over a week ago. The young Irishman was fastest in three out of the four official sessions, qualified on pole, and won the race by a crushing 7.7 seconds. The 23-year old is currently leading the Championship by 15 points over the only other remaining title contender, Adam Christodoulou of JDC Motorsports.

Should Christodoulou win both the pole position and the race, Dempsey needs to finish in at least sixth position to win the overall Championship. After finishing third in the Championship last year, Dempsey has returned to the Star Mazda Championship for 2009 determined to stay focused, consistent, and ultimately win the title he’s been craving.

“Heading to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the position we are in shows how determined the team is, and I really hope we can make our dream of winning the Championship happen”, says Dempsey. “At this point we need to keep on top of everything to make sure we get the results we need. I am 100% ready for the last race and so is my team. We are going into this weekend with a lot of confidence after our success at Road Atlanta.”

Toshihiro Deki, driver of the #80/Juncos Racing car, will enter the final round with a four-point lead in the Expert Series Championship over Chris Cumming of World Speed Motorsports. In his rookie season, the Japanese native has won three races in the Star Mazda Championship Expert Series races (for drivers ages 30-44) and is looking for his fourth and final win of the 2009 season in California this weekend.

In addition to two Championship leads, Juncos Racing also remains third in the Team Championship standings out of 11 teams, an admirable achievement for a first-year team.

With two very talented competitors representing Juncos Racing, the team will take on the 13th and final race of the 2009 Star Mazda Championship this weekend, October 8-10, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.