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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Pabst Racing Signs Kaylen Frederick For The USF2000 Season

Pabst Racing announced the signing of Kaylen Frederick as the fourth Pabst Racing driver in the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. The Potomac, Maryland native will pilot the #24 Pilot ONE Racing-sponsored Pabst Racing entry in his second season in USF2000. Frederick, 15, began his racing career at the age of 7 and charged onto the Mazda Road to Indy scene in 2017, earning five podiums and nine top-five finishes. In only his rookie season, he finished an impressive fourth overall as the youngest driver competing in…

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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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Pelfrey Signs Robb To Pro Mazda Contract, van der Watt To USF2000 Deal

Team Pelfrey has confirmed that Sting Ray Robb will pilot their first Tatuus PM-18 chassis for the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season. The Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will commence at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 9-11. “It’s hugely exciting to welcome Sting Ray back to Team Pelfrey,” commented General Manager, Jonny Baker.  “I say back, because he tested with us a few years ago in F1600 and we immediately saw how much potential he possessed then.  We have had…

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Carlos Cunha Joins Juncos Racing For 2018 Pro Mazda Campaign

INDIANAPOLIS – Juncos Racing announced today Carlos Cunha will join the team for the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Carlos Cunha (Campinas, Brazil) joins Juncos Racing after a successful rookie season in the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship. The young Brazilian recorded seven podium finishes and ended the season third in the championship. “It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able…

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Robert Megennis Joins Juncos Racing For 2018 Pro Mazda Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Juncos Racing announced today that Palo Alto Networks driver Robert Megennis will join their 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver line-up. Megennis is the second driver to commit to the reigning championship team. Robert Megennis (New York, New York) moves up to the Pro Mazda series after a strong two-year run in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda Championship. The young American finished off the 2017 season with one pole and one win, both coming at the season-opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.…

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Rinus Veekay Lands Pro Mazda Seat With Juncos

INDIANAPOLIS – Over the last several years, the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system has been working to great lengths. On Tuesday, another talented young driver is seeing the benefits himself. Rinus Veekay has landed a ride with Juncos Racing for the 2018 Pro Mazda season. Veekay, 17, ran one full season in the USF 2000 Series with Pabst Racing where the Netherlands native scored three wins to go along with 12 podium finishes. That was good enough to land him with a runner-up finish in the season championship.

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Zachary Claman DeMelo To Make IndyCar Debut at Sonoma With RLL

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced on Wednesday that the team will enter a second car in the Verizon IndyCar Series season-finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) for current Indy Lights driver Zachary Claman DeMelo. He will make his series debut next weekend with the team.  DeMelo, 19, has had his best Indy Lights season to date with four podium finishes including a win at Road America, and finished fifth in series standings. Paysafe, a leading global payments provider, will be the primary partner of the…

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