Prior to 1999, the Star Mazda Series, created by Gary Rodrigues, had a number of regional championships. With the formation of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), a National division, with backing from the Best Western hotel chain, was established to act as a support series for the ALMS. The inaugural championship was won by Joey Hand, who scored five victories in seven starts.

The 2000 Best Western Star Mazda Championship started on the last weekend of March at Lowes Motor Speedway. For round two, the series traveled to the west coast for an event at Sears Point Raceway. Next, teams made their only stop in Canada at Mosport International Raceway. Three race weekends were held in September, starting with Texas Motor Speedway and followed by contests at Portland International Raceway and Road Atlanta. The penultimate round was held at Laguna Seca Raceway, with the finale taking place during the last weekend of October at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In addition to the National Championship, there were titles to be won in a Masters class (drivers 45-years of age and older) and five geographic divisions (West, Southwestern, Eastern, Northwestern and Northeastern).

The Star Formula Mazda is constructed by Valley Motor Center. The tube-frame chassis is fitted with shear plates, which ensure relatively quick and easy damage repairs. The car weighs 1140-pounds and is equipped with a Mazda 13B rotary engine and five-speed transmission. The motor, which uses a 48 DCOE carburetor, produces 170-horsepower.

Round one of the 2000 Best Western Star Mazda Championship was held at Lowes Motor Speedway. Competitors would race for thirty-laps on the ‘Roval’ layout. The 2.25-mile ten-turn track used almost the entire 1.5-mile oval with an infield road course section.

A field of twenty-nine competitor’s line-up in the pitlane at Lowes Motor Speedway for round one of the 2000 Best Western Star Mazda Championship. On the pole is Bryan Selby in the No. 31 Team Bucknum Racing prepared Star Mazda. Sharing the front row with Selby is Grant Ryley, driver of the No. 14 Star Mazda out of the World Speed Motorsports stable.
Bernardo Martinez led a total of four laps in the opening round of the Best Western Star Mazda Championship at Lowes Motor Speedway. One of them was the most important. Martinez in the No. 25 Team Bucknum Racing Star Mazda qualified third fastest. He was in second place on the last lap and passed the race leader, Jason LaPoint, between turns three and four to win by a margin of 0.045-seconds.
Series rookie, Jason LaPoint, failed to record a time in the qualifying session due to a shifter fork issue. LaPoint was gridded twenty-eighth in the twenty-nine car field. During the race, LaPoint drafted his way to the front and moved into the lead on the lap-23 when the front runners misjudged the restart. On the last lap, he was unable to hold off a challenge from Bernardo Martinez and finished second.
The race leaders, the No. 15 Chantz Wade and No. 25 of Bernardo Martinez, enter turn one at Lowes Motor Speedway. Wade qualified fourth in a car prepared by World Speed Motorsports. Like Jason LaPoint and Martinez, he was a beneficiary of the lap-23 miscue by the front-runners. Wade was unable to hold off Marinez and collected the final position on the podium.
Qualifying on the pole for round one of the 2000 Best Western Star Mazda Championship at Lowes Motor Speedway was Bryan Selby in the No. 31 Star Mazda. Selby won the top starting position by a mere 0.283-second over Grant Ryley. He led the first nineteen laps of the contest before the lap-23 restart. When the track returned to green, Selby lost six places and finished ninth after developing a mechanical issue.
Grant Ryley in the No. 14 World Speed Motorsport Star Mazda started on the outside of the front row. During the thirty-lap event at Lowes Motor Speedway, Ryley could not hold off a challenge from Bernardo Martinez. He was one of the losers on the lap-23 restart and gave away positions to Jason LaPoint and Chantz Wade. At the checkered flag, Ryley was in the fourth spot.

13Bernardo MartinezTeam Bucknum Racing / Star Mazda30-
228Jason LaPointValley Motor Center / Star Mazda30-
34Chantz WadeWorld Speed Motorsports / Star Mazda30-
42Grant RyleyWorld Speed Motorsports / Star Mazda30-
55Scott BradleyWorld Speed Motorsports / Star Mazda30-
67Quad BoeknerAl Boenker Racing / Star Mazda30-
717Doug PetersonFormula Cars East / Star Mazda30-
829Steve LopezValley Motor Center / Star Mazda30-
91Bryan SelbyTeam Bucknum Racing / Star Mazda30-
1018Ken DeNaultTBD / Star Mazda30-
1115Andrew HavasTBD / Star Mazda30-
1213Tim RoseTBD / Star Mazda30-
1324Steve CookAl Boenker Racing / Star Mazda30-
1421Dick DownsEurosport Racing / Star Mazda30-
1520Justin PestotnikEurosport Racing / Star Mazda30-
1626Todd GarnerTexas Autosports / Star Mazda30-
1725Tom MabeyRocky Mountain Motorsports / Star Mazda30-
1819Dan WeylandEurosport Racing / Star Mazda30-
1923Ginni SwantonTeam Bucknum Racing / Star Mazda30-
2027Jack MorrisTBD / Star Mazda30-
2112Chad BlockValley Motor Center / Star Mazda30-
2222John PestotnikEurosport Racing / Star Mazda30-
239Alex FiggeWorld Speed Motorsports / Star Mazda29Not Running
2416Scott KusyTeam Bucknum Racing / Star Mazda25Not Running
2510Matt BeardsleyValley Motor Center / Star Mazda24Not Running
268Robert NoellTBD / Star Mazda24Not Running
276David SterenbergStar Mountain Racing / Star Mazda19Not Running
2814Chris McMurryTeam Bucknum Racing / Star Mazda11Not Running
2911Pierre EhretTeam Bucknum Racing / Star Mazda5Not Running

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