Pato O’Ward Wins Indy Lights Race No. 1 at Barber

LEEDS, Ala – Pato O’Ward is off to a great start to the 2018 Indy Lights Series season. The Andretti Autosport driver won the season opening race on the streets of St. Pete, then came home seventh in the second race of that race weekend. But, that result should have been better than that. On Saturday, O’Ward led flag-to-flag at the Barber Motorsports Park en route to his second career series victory in his No. 27 Mazda. He started second, but quickly passed his teammate and pole sitter Colton Herta for…

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Parker Thompson Dominates Pro Mazda Race No. 1 In Barber

LEEDS, Ala – Its been a flawless weekend thus far for Parker Thompson. The rookie was fastest in the lone practice session of the weekend on Friday at the Barber Motorsports Park. Then, in qualifying later on in the day, Thompson qualified his No. 90 Mazda on the pole for today’s race. On Saturday morning, the 16 drivers hit the 2.3-mile Alabama track to qualify for Sunday’s race No. 2. Thompson once again was quickest. 

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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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Rinus VeeKay Sweeps Pro Mazda Weekend in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Dutch rookie Rinus VeeKay had about as perfect of a weekend as one could in St. Pete. After nearly winning the USF2000 championship last season as a rookie then, he moved up to Juncos Racing and Pro Mazda competition in 2018. That move paid off. VeeKay not only won Saturday’s Pro Mazda season opener, but he backed that up with a victory in Sunday’s race as well. VeeKay, got by Harrison Scott on Lap 5 and never looked back in leading the final 21 laps of the…

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Alex Baron Wins USF2000 Race Sunday in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The racing wasn’t done on Sunday when the checkered flag dropped on the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener at St. Pete. Both the USF2000 as well as the Pro Mazda Series held their final races of the weekend too. On Saturday, rookie Kyle Kirkwood reached victory lane in the season opening race. On Sunday, a veteran making a return to the series found his way to the win. Alex Baron won two races in 2013 in the USF2000 Series and has came back in 2018 with a…

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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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