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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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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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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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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Victor Franzoni Sweeps Pro Mazda Weekend, Wins Championship at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY – Victor Franzoni entered this weekend’s title bout with Anthony Martin with a slim two point advantage in the Pro Mazda Series standings. At the end of the weekend, he left with the championship trophy in hand. On Saturday, Franzoni started on the pole but Martin slipped by him on the opening lap and would lead the first 11 circuits. But, Franzoni just stalked his rival and got by him late in the race for the top spot back. He’d never look back en route to a thrilling…

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For 2nd Straight Race, Franzoni Makes Late Pass, Defeats Anthony Martin

Watkins Glen, NY – On Friday, Victor Franzoni was quickest in Pro Mazda practice and backed that up with taking the pole for today’s first race of the doubleheader weekend at Watkins Glen. But, on the drop of the green flag on Saturday, Anthony Martin got by Franzoni and took an early race lead. Last week, Martin started on the pole at Gateway and pulled out to an early race lead. This week, he didn’t start on the pole, but he did jump out to the top stop from his second…

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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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Franzoni Retakes Pro Mazda Points Lead With Gateway Victory

Madison, Ill – All season long in Pro Mazda competition, it’s been a Victor Franzoni and Anthony Martin show. The top two drivers in the series points standings have traded victories through all nine races this year. That didn’t change on Saturday evening at the Gateway Motorsports Park either. Martin, started on the pole in his No. 8 Mazda and led the first 18 laps. It looked like he would cruise to a fifth win of the season and extend his points lead. But, Franzoni started second and stayed on his…

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Gateway Could Play Crucial Role in Indy Lights/Pro Mazda Championships

The return to the Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend is huge in it’s own sense. But, add to the fact where this race weekend falls on the schedule, and it only adds even more importance to it. For the Verizon IndyCar Series, this is the third to last race of 2017. With seven drivers will very much in the hunt for this year’s championship, Gateway will be a proving ground on who can really distance themselves heading to the final two races of the year. But, for the Mazda Road…

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Anthony Martin Regains Points Lead, Wins Pro Mazda Race No. 3 in Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH – All season long, the Pro Mazda championship battle has come down to 21 year old Victor Franzoni and 22 year old Anthony Martin. Entering the third and final round of the race weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, just four points separated the two in the season standings. Counter that with both splitting race victories this weekend already, and you can see why the intensity level was turned up to an even bigger notch than we’ve yet to see this season. Martin, started his No. 8 Mazda…

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