It’s defacto championship weekend for the entire Mazda Road to Indy program this weekend at Watkins Glen International. All three series’ of the ladder program will have a champion crowned this weekend in upstate New York. Other than in Indy Lights, where Kyle Kaiser just needs to start the race and become the champion, the other two series’ will be tight and action packed.
Kaiser, will win the three race $1-million scholarship and be able to make starts in at least three events in the Verizon IndyCar Series next season by virtue of his Indy Lights championship. We now know that.
But, in Pro Mazda, Victor Franzoni leads Anthony Martin by just two points heading to this weekend’s race. It’s a doubleheader weekend for them too. Franzoni, has six wins and a podium in all 10 races this season, while Martin has five victories and nine podiums to his credit. This has been an intense battle all year with the champion on Sunday getting a scholarship to race in Indy Lights next season. If it’s Franzoni, it only makes sense that he will replace Kaiser with Junocs Racing since both drive for them.
In USF2000 competition, Oliver Askew leads Rinus VeeKay by just 13 points. Parker Thompson is 61 points out with one race left this weekend too. Askew, 20, has six wins and nine podiums all season long. The 20 year old has finished outside the top five just twice all year.
VeeKay, 16, has eight straight podium finishes and 11 in 13 starts in 2017. He also won twice at Road America, a track similar in stature to Watkins Glen. Thompson, has three wins in the last four races and seven career trips to victory lane. The 19-year old Canadian has 11 top fives in 13 starts this season.
As you can see, this is a huge storyline to watch this weekend.