Sage Karam was the 2013 Indy Lights champion and made
his IndyCar debut last year at the Indy 500, finishing ninth.
He starts the 2015 IndyCar season for Chip Ganassi Racing.
sophomore Jack Harvey) can be
expected to shine again, as can Belardi
Autosport, which took Chaves to the title
last year and this season runs Felix Serralles.
But during pre-season testing, the Juncos
pair, Pigot and Kyle Kaiser, has regularly
shone, as has series newcomer Carlin
Racing with Ed Jones. 8Star Motorsports
will run Scott Hargrove, who finished
second to Pigot in Pro Mazda last year.
While Indy Lights preseason speculation
is based largely on lap times turned in
testing, with all the caveats that entails,
Pro Mazda and USF2000 presented
more concrete form guides thanks to the
Winterfest, with each series running three
races at NOLA Motorsports Park in
“it’s perfect training for
indycar. each step on the
mazda road to indy is a
2000 - a pace odyssey
as a series that started in 1990, USF2000
has been a great training ground for many
indycar aces, including the late dan Wheldon.
The perfect training ground for young
drivers stepping up from the Skip
Barber Racing School, USF2000 cars
produce 170hp and are most newbie
racers’ first encounter with a true
USF2000 also offers most drivers
their first chance to race on an oval,
when the series visits the 0.686-mile
Lucas Oil Raceway Park on the night
before the Indy 500. The 16-race
calendar also features a frantic
triple-header at Mid-Ohio in August.
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mar. 28-29 Streets of St. Petersburg,
april 11-12 NOLA, New Orleans, La. 1&2
april 25-26 Barber Motorsports Park,
Birmingham, Ala. 1&2
may 8-9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
Ind. (road) 1&2
may 23 Indianapolis, Ind. (LORP oval)
June 13-14 Streets of Toronto, Ont.1&2
aug. 1-2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,
Ohio 1,2& 3
sept. 12-13 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,
Eidson won multiple
Skip Barber series
titles before joining
with Wayne Taylor
Racing, with whom he
dominated the East
in 2013 and earned
the prestigious Team
Last year, Eidson
was a very close third
in the USF2000
that’s a result he
repeated in the
Winterfest. He tackles
his sophomore season
with Pabst Racing.
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Louisiana, and two at Barber Motorsports
Park in Alabama.
Jack Aitken won the Pro Mazda
Winterfest title for Team Pelfrey, but has
returned to Europe, while Andretti
Autosport pair Weiron Tan and Dalton
Kellett have emerged as two of the
favorites for the 2015 championship,
along with reigning USF2000 champion
Florian Latorre in the Cape Motorsports
with Wayne Taylor Racing entry.
That team’s Nico Jamin emerged with
the USF2000 Winterfest honors, but it
was a very close-fought affair, with
Victor Franzoni (Afterburner Autosport),
Jake Eidson (Pabst Racing), Anthony
Martin (John Cummiskey Racing) and
Jamin’s Cape Motorsports teammate
Aaron Telitz also shining.
In other words, it’s situation normal on
the Mazda Road To Indy, with grids
packed with talent in all three categories.
Now it’s a chance to see who’s best of the
best and has a future in IndyCar racing.
And as fans, we get to enjoy all of it.