The Mazda Road to Indy can be just as
effective at developing IndyCar teams as it is
IndyCar drivers, as evidenced by the recent
news that Juncos Racing will move up this
year. Other Indy Lights teams, including
Carlin, are considering similar programs.
WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUES
The countdown clock to the 2017 Indy
Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season-opener at St Petersburg began ticking in
earnest in late February, when the field
convened in Homestead for Spring Training.
Four drivers ended the first day within
0.05sec of the benchmark laid down by
Andretti rookie Nico Jamin, but the test
was as much about new team and driver
combinations getting to know each other.
Second-generation racer Colton
Herta almost matched Nico
Jamin’s speed at Homestead.
IN THE GENES
Jamin is one of two arrivals at Andretti,
with Ryan Norman. Dalton Kennett returns
for a second season, and Colton Herta drives
for Andretti-affiliated Steinbrenner Racing.
Belardi has signed 2016 championship
runner-up Santiago Urrutia and MRTI
veteran Shelby Blackstock to run
alongside Pro Mazda champ Aaron Telitz.
Reigning champion team Carlin has
expanded to four cars and put together a
line-up that blends newcomers (Garth
Rickards, Matheus Leist) with returnees
(Zachary Claman de Melo, Neil Aberico).
At Juncos, Nicolas Dapero has stepped up
from Pro Mazda to join Lights race-winner
Kyle Kaiser, while Pelfrey has Juan
Piedrahita and Pro Mazda star Pato O’Ward.
Up for grabs: Mazda’s $1million
scholarship towards a Verizon IndyCar
Series drive. Let the battle begin.
A talented Indy Lights field is ready to fight for racing’s biggest development prize.
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE
Andretti newcomer Nico Jamin
earned some early bragging rights
with his pace in Indy Lights testing.
has his sights
set on another
big season on
the MRTI ladder.
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AIMING FOR THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
Spring Training gave us another
chance to see the new Cooper
Tires USF2000 Powered by
Mazda USF- 17 racecar in action.
Reigning USF2000 champion
Anthony Martin has had all winter
to savor his successes of 2016. But
at Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper
Tires Spring Training at Homestead
in early March, he finally had the
chance to enjoy the tangible
benefits when he put his new Soul
Red machine through its paces.
The series spent two days on
Homestead’s 2.21-mile road
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check out promazda.com
course in what was a final dress
rehearsal for the current Elan
chassis’ swansong season.
Next year, Pro Mazda will
complete a ladder-wide upgrade
of the Mazda Road to Indy when
the Dallara PM- 18 heads into
battle. But while you could make
a case for arguing that 2017 is a
transition year for the category,
the stakes remain just as high.
There’s a 2018 Indy Lights seat
waiting for one of this year’s Pro
Mazda pack – and Martin will be
aiming to follow in the footsteps of
now-IndyCar racer Spencer Pigot
with back-to-back scholarships.
THE NEW BREED
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