INSIGHT: PRO MAZDA TATUUS PM- 18
and Indy Lights two or three seconds
quicker than Pro Mazda. The PM- 18 is
going to slot right into that range. Straight
out of the box at Barber, we were quicker
than the current Pro Mazda record.
“It drives like the USF2000 car because
it’s based around the same chassis. It’s a
very similar style, so if someone shows well
in USF2000, they should be able to bring
that to the next level in Pro Mazda as well.”
All that extra performance comes from
the enhancements that elevate it from
USF- 17 to the Pro Mazda level. Take off
the engine cover with its roll hoop-installed air intake – a departure from the
USF- 17’s side-mounted airscoop to
visually differentiate between the two –
and you’ll find an Elite Engines-prepared
2-liter Mazda MZR-PM18A motor that
The Pro Mazda PM- 18 is powered by an Elite Engines-prepared, 2-liter Mazda MZR-PM18A unit that develops
275hp – around 100bhp more than the USF2000 USF- 17.
NEXT LEVEL, MORE POWER
In case the prominent rear
diffuser wasn’t enough of a
giveaway, the new Tatuus
PM- 18 relies heavily on its
floor to create downforce.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Carlin Indy Lights driver Mathieus Leist
has not raced an IndyCar yet, but he is
already a race winner on the series’
ultimate stage (ABOVE) – and some
important people watched him do it.
The Freedom 100 at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway – held on Carb Day for
the Indy 500 – is a highlight on the Lights
calendar, but every race in every Mazda
Road to Indy category takes place
during an IndyCar Series race weekend.
That means high-profile venues and
lots of opportunities for young drivers
to impress IndyCar team owners.
It’s also easier than ever to reach
an audience beyond the track. Mazda
Road to Indy recently became the first
open-wheel racing organization to
have a dedicated app on Xbox One,
which complements the Mazda Road
to Indy TV app that was already
available for mobile devices. That’s
a lot of free racing and behind-the-scenes action in a lot of additional
living rooms – and it’s delivered via a
medium popular among younger fans.
“In the U.S. alone, 65 percent of
households own a video game
console,” said JP Manterola, whose
Pro Racing Group helped develop the
Xbox One app. “We are excited to
witness how this will impact the next
generation of racing fans.”
Last year, Mazda Road to Indy also
became the first American racing
series with a dedicated broadcast
channel on demand via Apple TV,
Amazon Fire and Roku.
Mazda Road to Indy provides drivers lots of
opportunity to showcase their talents, and
lots of options for those who want to watch
from home, such as Road ToIndy.tv
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