INSIGHT: PRO MAZDA TATUUS PM- 18
aking one of the most effective driver
development ladders in the world even
better isn’t the work of a moment. It’s not
even the work of a single season. For the
Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper
Tires, putting all three of its racing
platforms through a ground-up rethink and
redesign has been a multi-year project.
First came the new Indy Lights
Presented by Cooper Tires Dallara Il- 15
in 2015, then the Cooper Tires USF2000
Powered by Mazda Tatuus USF- 17 made
its racing debut this season. And now, the
car that completes an exciting overhaul by
slotting in between them as a potent second
MCooper Tires Tatuus PM- 18.
If it looks a little familiar, the family
resemblance isn’t just coincidental. At the
PM- 18’s rugged core is the same chassis
used by the USF- 17, but it’s taken to the
next level with more power and upgraded
aerodynamics to give Mazda Road to Indy
drivers a whole new learning experience.
The shared chassis, along with several
other crossover parts, means that teams
will have the option to run the same car
in either series from year to year – or
even from weekend to weekend, as Mazda
Road to Indy CEO Dan Andersen explains.
“As a former team owner – and still
having the heart of a team owner – I
wanted to make it a little less painful for