Mazda Road To Indy Friday Recap From Barber

Leeds, Ala – After having a little over a month off, two of the three Mazda Road to Indy ladders were back in action on Friday at the Barber Motorsports Park. The Pro Mazda Series and Indy Lights drivers took to the 2.3-mile Alabama road course for one practice session each. Also, the 16 Pro Mazda drivers had one qualifying session too. They got it all started early this morning, with a green flag around 8:45 am locally. In that session, Parker Thompson topped the speed charts with a lap of…

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Byrd Racing Partners With Belardi Racing To Bring Chris Windom To Freedom 100 In May

INDIANAPOLIS – Belardi Auto Racing, in partnership with long-time Indy 500 entrant Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and sprint car mainstays Baldwin Brothers Racing, announced on Tuesday that 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Champion and 2016 USAC Silver Crown Champion, Chris Windom, will be participating in the 2018 Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Windom will be making his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires start, piloting the #33 Belardi Auto Racing with Byrd & Baldwin Dallara IL-15 at the famed oval. Expressing his enthusiasm, Windom said “I’m really excited for…

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Aaron Telitz Gets INDYCAR Test on Friday at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS – Belardi Racing took a chance on Aaron Telitz this offseason. I don’t mean that in a negative way either. He’s deserving on any ride he gets so don’t take that wrong. It was the normal racing circumstances that nearly kept another talented driver off the grid. Here’s why. In 2016, Telitz, 26, won six races with Team Pelfrey in Pro Mazda competition. He’d win the championship as a result of that. In fact, he had 15 top five finishes in 16 tries that year. Luckily, he had the Mazda…

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After O’Ward Mistake, Urrutia Wins Race 2 Of Indy Lights Season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Pato O’Ward was eight laps away from a dominating opening weekend to the 2018 Indy Lights season. He started on the pole for Saturday’s season opener on the streets of St. Pete after the original pole sitter in Aaron Telitz crashed his car in the qualifying session for today’s race earlier in the morning. O’Ward, would lead the entire race en route to a statement win in his No. 27 Mazda. 

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Saturday’s MRTI Qualifying, Race Reports From St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – After Friday’s opening day to the Mazda Road to Indy season, Saturday was the first race day of the year. Yesterday saw one practice session for each of the three rings of the ladder, then qualifying for today’s season openers after. On Saturday, it once again started off with an early morning wake up call for qualifying starting at 7:30 am ET, but ended with three straight races. Here are the recaps. 

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Friday’s MRTI Report From St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – It’s opening day for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy Series’ as all four divisions hit the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg, Florida street circuit on Friday for the first time of the season. Today, was also the first time since Labor Day weekend in Watkins Glen, that all four of the series were at the same track, at the same time. For the MRTI ladders though, Friday was all about speed. Each of the three series took to the 14-turn Florida street circuit on a…

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Urrutia To Return to Indy Lights Competition For 2018 Season With Belardi

Belardi Auto Racing announced on Tuesday that they have signed Santiago Urrutia for the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship.  A veteran Mazda Road to Indy driver and six-time Indy Lights race winner, Urrutia will be back behind the wheel this coming season, joining last year’s teammate Aaron Telitz. Urrutia has spent two years in the top level of the MRTI ladder system, earning runner-up two years in a row.  He is looking to capitalize on the momentum from last year and the early test results already from…

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Juncos Racing Hires Alfonso Celis Jr. To 2018 Indy Lights Season

Juncos Racing announced today that Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr. will join the team for the 2018 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Celis is the second driver to commit to the reigning 2017 Indy Lights Champions. Alfonso Celis Jr. (Puebla, Mexico) joins the Indy Lights Championship after a successful season in the World Series Formula V8, where he claimed one pole and one win to finish third in the championship. Celis was also a Formula One Reserve Driver for Sahara Force India Formula One during the 2016 and 2017…

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Pato O’Ward Joins Colton Herta, Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman With Andretti Autosport For 2018 Indy Lights Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Entering his first full season of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition with Andretti Autosport, Pato O’Ward will pilot the No. 27 Mazda and join the team’s roster alongside returning Andretti drivers Colton Herta, Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman. “First off, I want to thank the whole Andretti Autosport team for the incredible opportunity they are giving me. I’m really happy to be with this power house team and I will give this my all to deliver results,” O’Ward said via a statement. “I have been working really…

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Telitz Rejoins Belardi Racing For 2018 Indy Lights Season

INDIANAPOLIS – A few weeks ago Belardi Racing hinted that moves for the 2018 racing season should soon be revealed. On Thursday, one move was confirmed. Aaron Telitz will return to the team for the 2018 Indy Lights season as the 2016 Pro Mazda champion earned another look for the prominent Indy Lights Series organization. Telitz, 26, made all 16 starts in 2017 with the team, including winning in his first career race in March on the streets of St. Pete. He in fact, bookended the season earning his second career…

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