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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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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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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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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Saturday’s MRTI Daily Report

Watkins Glen, NY – The pressure gets bigger and bigger as the days go on through the race weekend at Watkins Glen. On Friday, it was practice and qualifying day. Today, it was part one of race day festivities. Both the USF2000 and Pro Mazda Series’ had races on Saturday, with the USF2000 having their season conclude this afternoon. The Pro Mazda drivers will have their second and final race of the weekend on Sunday be their season finale. The Indy Lights drivers had practice and qualifying of their own on…

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VeeKay Wins USF2000 Season Finale, Askew Wins Championship at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY – Entering this weekend, all Oliver Askew had to do was get a solid podium at Watkins Glen and the 2017 USF2000 championship would be his. That shouldn’t be too much of a task as he’s had just two finishes outside the top five all season. Askew, earned the pole for Saturday’s season finale this morning, but his main rival for the championship in Rinus VeeKay jumped out to an early lead. VeeKay, led Lap 1 and never looked back en route to his third career victory in…

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MRTI Friday Practice Report at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY – The three series’ in the Mazda Road to Indy will conclude their seasons at Watkins Glen this weekend. With that being said, all three series’ took to the scenic upstate New York road course on Friday for preliminary action. The top step of the ladder in the Indy Lights Series already knows their champion. All Kyle Kaiser has to do on Sunday morning is start the race and the title is his. In the lone practice session of the day on Friday evening, Kaiser was seventh quick.…

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MRTI Championships To Be Decided This Weekend at Watkins Glen

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…

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Leaving Mid-Ohio, IndyCar/MRTI Championships Getting Tight As Seasons Come Close To a Close

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 season for the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as all three rings of the Mazda Road to Indy are coming to a close soon. The Verizon IndyCar Series has two weeks off before returning to the Pocono Raceway on Aug. 20. Counting Pocono, they have just four races left (Pocono, Gateway, Watkins Glen, Sonoma). But, the MRTI series’ is right there with them. The Indy Lights drivers have three weeks off before returning to Gateway. They have just two races left, one…

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