Edmonton, AB. September 15, 2011 -Rzadzinski had a successful penultimate weekend in the Skip Barber Summer Series bringing home a win and 3rd position finish on the tricky Autobahn Country Club South Course in Joliet, IL.
Friday practice brought a mixture of conditions as Rzadzinski’s sessions were a mix of rain and dry on the 2.1 mile road course. However, Stefan built up confidence and speed throughout the day and was eagerly anticipating qualifying on Saturday morning.
Unfortunately, Rzadzinski had a disappointing qualifying session where he could only manage to put the car in 8th spot on the grid. To make up for his qualifying, he had a sensational start in Race 1, where he went from 8th to 3rd by corner one and had already moved up to 2nd later that lap. In the end, Rzadzinski was classified 3rd, bringing home another podium finish for the 18-year-old Canadian driver.
On Sunday, everyone was running on the BFGoodrich R1 Slick tire rather than the treads which had been on the cars all weekend due to looming rain. Without any practice time, drivers were sent out on track for Race 2 of the weekend. With another strong start, Stefan moved into 2nd place by corner one and took the overall lead on lap two. Once in front, Rzadzinski never looked back as he put in a solid drive to finish over 5 seconds up on the second place finisher.
“I couldn’t do it without the help from all of my supporters, especially those back home in Edmonton.” said Rzadzinski. “With Northgate Industries, SuperTint, CSP Engineering, Shelemey Financial, West Edmonton Mall, Grant MacEwan University, BGR-Team Grote, The ABL Group, Diamond Truck International, and Invesco backing my efforts this year, I really owe it all to them.”
Rzadzinski will finish off the year in the Skip Barber Summer Series at Lime Rock Park on October 6-8, 2011. Stefan is also currently working hard at moving up the open wheel ladder with aspirations to be on the Road to Indy for 2012.