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Zachary Claman De Melo and Rinus VeeKay claimed Indy Lights victories at St. Petersburg, as Parker Thompson swept Indy Pro 2000 and Braden Eves did the same in USF2000.
The NTT IndyCar Series, plus all three categories of the Road To Indy and also SRO Americas’ GT4 and Touring Car classes are in action at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend. Here’s what’s on, when it’s on, and how to watch it.
The final Road to Indy Open Test of 2018 was ended early by a heavy rainstorm on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course leaving Rinus VeeKay heading Indy Lights, Parker Locke leading Pro Mazda and Hunter McElrea at the top of USF2000.
2018 IndyCar part-timer Zachary Claman DeMelo will step back to Indy Lights to test for Belardi Auto Racing next week, while graduates and newcomers will appear in all three RTI categories.
Nikita Lastochkin has joined his third Pro Mazda team in as many years as he switches to Exclusive Autosport for 2019.
Jonny Baker is the man tasked with ensuring the Road To Indy program capitalizes on a resurgence in IndyCar’s popularity as young drivers struggle to find the finances and opportunities in European open-wheel racing. He spoke to David Malsher.
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Rinus VeeKay only needed to start practice to clinch the Pro Mazda title although he was beaten by Oliver Askew and David Malukas in the races, while Kyle Kirkwood scored his 11th and 12th USF2000 wins, as Mazda signed off from its Road To Indy sponsorship.
Rinus VeeKay scored his fifth straight Pro Mazda win and seventh of the season leading from the drop of the green flag to the checkered flag at the 1.25-mile oval, to edge head a Juncos Racing 1-2.
Rinus VeeKay dominated the Pro Mazda races for Juncos Racing, Kyle Kirkwood did the same for Cape Motorsports in USF2000, their prime virtues not only raceday pace but also the ability to dodge the carnage…
David Malukas and Toby Sowery went 1-2 for BN Racing in both Pro Mazda events, as Cape Motorsports’ Kyle Kirkwood dominated the first USF2000 race and stole the second (chaotic) race on the last lap.
Parker Thompson and Kyle Kirkwood led the Pro Mazda and USF2000 races from pole position to checkered flag.
As usual, the Mazda Road To Indy’s junior series produced fantastic slipstreaming races around the IMS road course, with Pro Mazda and USF2000 producing four winners from four races.
Rinus VeeKay put Juncos Racing front and center for the opening races in Pro Mazda’s new Tatuus PM-18 era, while Kyle Kirkwood and Alex Baron clinched USF2000 victories.
Team Pelfrey has announced Andres Gutierrez will race its #81 Pro Mazda car in 2018, while Exclusive Autosport has signed Manuel Cabrera for its USF2000 team.
Canada’s Parker Thompson will remain with Exclusive Autosport this season as the squad moves up the Mazda Road To Indy ladder.
RP Motorsport, which won races in the now-defunct Formula 3.5 V8 Series and dominated the EuroFormula Open championship in 2017, is to embark on its first season of Pro Mazda with Harrison Scott and Ludovico Laurini.