Oliver Askew saw off 17 talented rivals
from around the world to become the
winner of the Mazda Road to Indy’s
inaugural $200k Shootout Scholarship.
The 19-year-old from Florida wins a
$200,000 Mazda scholarship to compete
in 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered
by Mazda, and the right to sport Mazda’s
coveted Soul Red livery on his racecar.
“I’m a bit speechless,” said Askew, who
triumphed after two days of competition
at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “I
prepared extremely hard for this
opportunity, and it’s a dream come true.”
Almost 400 drivers from 20
championships on five continents
competed through 2016 for a place in
The world got its first look at the next-gen
Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires car
when the Mazda Road to Indy took the
wraps off its new Tatuus PM- 18 recently.
The car, which will debut in 2018,
shares the same platform as the USF- 17
USF2000 spec racer that will take to the
track next year, but with an upgraded
engine, an enhanced aero package, and
larger wheels. Teams will be able to switch
SHOOTOUT WIN PUTS ASKEW ON THE MAZDA ROAD TO INDY
Oliver Askew beat a strong field of junior
racers to earn Mazda’s scholarship for ’ 17.
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check out promazda.com
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championship, go to usf2000.com
the Shootout, with the finalists coming
together for a 30-minute race before
a panel of seven expert judges.
“This was a fantastic group, especially
the final six drivers,” said lead judge Joel
Miller. “The final decision came down to
the driver who was consistently the
quickest, satisfied our criteria, and who
seemed most equipped for the Mazda
Road to Indy and had a great possibility
of becoming an IndyCar Series driver.”
2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
champ Ed Jones became the latest Mazda
Road to Indy success story when he landed
a full-time IndyCar Series ride with Dale
Coyne Racing. The Brit will contest the
2017 season in Coyne’s No. 18 entry.
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check out indylights.com
Lucas Oil School
of Racing Ray
GR-RSC open-wheel cars fitted
with Cooper tires.
that every part of
the new USF2000/
Pro Mazda tub is
state of the art.
PROOF OF CONCEPT
between USF2000 and Pro Mazda
configurations from race to race.
“We know that the performance
level is going to be a lot higher than the
USF2000 car and the aero is going to be
more like the Indy Lights car, which fits
within the ladder quite well,” said project
manager Scot Elkins.
Prototype testing is scheduled to
MRTI’s facelift continues with the brand-new Tatuus PM- 18 Pro Mazda
commence in March, with the first
shipment of cars from Italy in June to
allow for testing during the summer
The PM- 18 replaces the Elan Pro Mazda
chassis that’s been in service since 2004.
A RACECAR FIT FOR A PRO
The new-for-2018 Tatuus PM- 18 Pro Mazda
car was revealed at the 2016 PRI show in Indy.