If you haven't been following the Star Mazda Championship this year, you've missed some great racing. With Sage Karam fresh off two consecutive victories, the championship has been knotted up tighter than ever. With 6 races left, it's still anyone's championship, and with a Firestone Indy Lights scholarship on the line, it matters more than ever.
Star Mazda's not back on track until July 21, so I thought this would be a good time to check out the Top 5 championship contenders so far this year:
1) Tristan Vautier, 185 points
Vautier was the only driver aside from Conor Daly to win more than single round of Stat Mazda last year, and he's been even better this year. Inconsistency doomed him last year; this year, after his win at Barber he's finished P4 in the last three races. Consistency's great, but he'll need to start finishing a little higher if he wants to stay on top.
2) Sage Karam, 177 points
After starting the season with two races he'd love to have back, Karam has won the last two races in excellent form, including a dominant performance at Iowa. He continues to look stronger in every race, and if that keeps up, he's going to be tough to stop.
3) Connor De Phillipi, 171 points
It's been feast or famine for CDP, but he was ridiculously fast at Lucas Oil this May. If he doesn't find his way up to the top, his tire issue with 5 laps to go at Iowa is going to be a key moment. He still has to be a favorite to take home the championship, but the battle between CDP, Vautier, and a surging Karam should be epic.
4) Nick Andries, 168 points
Andries hasn't taken the trip to the top of the podium this year, but he's been right in the thick of it, week in and week out. He started last at Iowa, but worked his way up to 7th with a determined drive. The podiums are great, but poles and wins are what's going to move him up to the very top. You get the feeling any week now might be his week.
5) Martin Scuncio, 160 points
The young Chilean won the first pole of the season, but it's been an inconsistent year after that. Poor finishes at Barber and Iowa are the largely the difference between him and the drivers in front of him. He's not out of the running yet, but he'll need some consistent podiums and some luck to make it to the top.