Paul Mata, who served as team manager for Team GDT in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear for six years, has formed M1 Racing to compete in the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

Juan Camilo Acosta has signed as one of M1 Racing’s drivers for 2013. M1 Racing, which will have headquarters near Fort Worth, Texas, purchased the bulk of the Star Mazda equipment previously owned by Team GDT and AIM Autosport.

Acosta, 22, from Cali, Colombia, drove a Star Mazda car for the first time when he participated in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 10-11 with Team GDT. Acosta made his first start in the series at the season finale Oct. 19 at Road Atlanta, finishing 13th in a Team GDT entry. 

Acosta said he chose M1 Racing because its personnel are making him a better driver.

“When I met them I was a complete rookie driver, and in about six days they taught me a lot about how to drive a race car,” Acosta said.  “I think I’ll be able to improve my driving with their help.  They are a good, complete crew with very experienced guys who are very competitive.  We just completed 18 days of testing and we have 16 more days planned in the next couple of months. We’re testing a lot because we want to be very competitive next year. Everybody, myself included, is working hard and we all want to fight for the championship.  I think we’re going to have fun.”