Dallas-Based M1 Racing Fields Four Cars at Mid-Ohio
 August 1, 2014| 
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Lexington, Ohio — Carlos Conde, the 2010 Star Mazda Masters-class champion, will drive a M1 Racing-prepared #23 in this weekend's doubleheader for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Conde, an investment banker from Scarsdale, N.Y. whose passion is motorsports, will be sponsored by the Monticello Motor Club. He is a founding member of that facility, which is an automotive resort and private racetrack located in Monticello, N.Y.

M1 Racing, which is based in Dallas, will field Pro Mazda cars for the reigning Pro Mazda Expert-class champion, Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., and promising rookie Felipe Donato of Guarani das Missoes, Brazil as well. AutoEnginuity sponsors Horak's #37, while Donato's #9 carries the colors of Top House Design and Inova Marketing. Donato made his series debut at the series' most-recent doubleheader June 28-29 in Houston.

Although Mid-Ohio will be Conde's first Pro Mazda start of the year, he has been racing in the North American Ferrari Challenge Series. He was on the podium in that series' Coppa Shell championship in all four of that series' last races, including a victory at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Although he missed the first six races due to work commitments, he is currently fifth in the Coppa Shell championship with six races remaining.

"I competed in the Ferrari Challenge series from 2007 through 2009 and then stopped," Conde noted. "In 2010 I won the Masters-class Star Mazda championship with six victories in my class that year.  From 2011 until 2013 I raced at the Monticello Motor Club. I look forward to this weekend's challenge in Pro Mazda."

Horak had two thirds in the Pro Mazda Expert-class  last year at Mid-Ohio driving for M1 Racing.

Qualifying for the Pro Mazda series is slated for 12:30 p.m. on Friday, with Race 1 at 5:35 p.m. Saturday and Race 2 at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.All times are Eastern.

Updates will be posted on M1 Racing's Facebook page throughout the weekend.

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