Pro Mazda - Jay Horak

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Jay Horak
Jay Horak
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Jay Horak
Biography of Jay Horak

Hobbies:  F1 and IndyCar fan, motorcycles, video games, traveling

Snapshot:  I am a huge Formula 1 and INDYCAR fan. I travel to the races to watch as much as I can and, in fact, I bought 10 years of main grandstand seating assignments to the COTA track. I love motorcycle riding but I get hurt too much so as I get older it’s becoming harder to push.

Racing goal:  Indy Lights is as far as I would like to go.

Racing hero:  Boris Said, Hans Stuck, Sir Jackie Stewart and Mario Andretti

My fitness routine includes:  Driving the simulator for an hour a day. Working out with weights every other day.

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions:  I hardly ever eat.

The one talent I wish I had:  Knowing everything about setting up a car. I want to know as much as my crew does.

An interesting note about me: I own Star Race Cars, the OEM for the Pro Mazda series.

2014: Finished second in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Expert Class after contesting eight of 12 rounds … posted three wins, four second and one third-place drive.

2013: Claimed the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Expert Class title with two wins, four second and two third-place finishes.

2011: Finished second in the ProAutoSports/ASA Racing PS0 (Production Sedan) Championship.

2010: Won the ProAutoSports/ASA Racing PS3 Championship.

2009: Won the ProAutoSports/ASA Racing PS3 Championship.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2015 Pro Mazda 8 0 0 0 1 0 6
2014 Pro Mazda 8 0 0 0 0 0 7
2013 Pro Mazda 8 0 0 0 2 0 8
Total 24 0 0 0 3 0 21
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
M1 Racing

Paul Mata, who served as team manager for Team GDT in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear for six years, has formed a new, multi-car team called M1 Racing that has all the ingredients of a championship contender. He has already signed Juan Camilo Acosta as one of M1 Racing’s drivers for 2013 in the series, which was recently renamed the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

Although M1 Racing is new it has the makings of a powerhouse team. It consists of many open-wheel veterans, including not only Mata but also noted engineers Eric Purcell and Remi Lanteigne, all of whom worked together on Team GDT this year. (Team GDT’s Star Mazda operation was disbanded at the end of the season and its owner, multi-time Expert Series champion J.W. Roberts, is pursuing other motorsports interests.)

M1 Racing purchased the bulk of the Star Mazda equipment previously owned by Team GDT and AIM Autosport. M1 Racing has established its headquarters at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, Texas, which is about a 15-minutedrive from Fort Worth. Being able to test on that facility’s 1.7-mile and 3.1-mileroad courses will give it a definite advantage in its pursuit of victories in the Pro Mazda Championship, which is part of the Mazda Road to Indy program.