Gabby ChavesJunior formula car star Gabby Chaves enjoyed a superb return to North American race competition this past weekend (March 24-25), with an impressive debut in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. The newly-signed JDC MotorSports rookie was among the drivers to watch during the season-opening doubleheader on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., ultimately capturing a third place podium finish in race one and a fourth place result in race two. Chaves is now poised to challenge for top honors when the Mazda Road to Indy series travels to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend (March 31-April 1) for Rounds Three and Four.

“I’m very pleased with the results in St. Petersburg,” said Chaves. “Unlike most of the field, I came into the season-opener with very little time in the car. The JDC crew did a great job giving me a fast car and helping me become comfortable in my new surroundings. Being able to challenge series veterans for top honors in my first event is a fantastic way to start the season. I’m really looking forward to getting better each time out, and I can’t wait for the next two races at Barber Motorsports Park.”