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Dale Pelfrey, who owns one of the most successful Pro Mazda teams, has united his squads in Indianapolis ahead of what he intends to be a full season of Indy Lights in 2019.
Davey Hamilton Jr. will return to Indy Lights in May, to compete in the series’ premier event, the Freedom 100, held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Friday before the Indy 500.
Team Pelfrey has confirmed it has signed Sting Ray Robb to race in Pro Mazda next year, while Julian van der Watt has joined its USF2000 squad.
Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzoni dominated the wet championship finale at Watkins Glen to clinch the Pro Mazda title over Cape Motorsports’ Anthony Martin, the pair of them separated at the checkered flag by Team Pelfrey’s Carlos Cunha.
Santi Urrutia sent Belardi Auto Racing to Victory Lane for the second time in three races, but the bigger winner was Kyle Kaiser whose fourth place virtually assures him of the 2017 Indy Lights championship.
It appeared no one had the speed to stop Cape Motorsports’ Oliver Askew from winning his second USF2000 race of the weekend, and when his nearest pursuer made a slight mistake in pursuit, Askew was home free.
Team Pelfrey’s Robert Megennis took a superbly controlled victory in the first ever race for USF2000’s new Tatuus USF-17, as he held off a charging Oliver Askew to the checkered flag.
Cape Motorsports enjoyed a satisfying day of Spring Training on Homestead Miami Speedway’s road course, as Oliver Askew led USF2000 and Anthony Martin topped the Pro Mazda timesheets.
MRTI’s first day of testing on Miami Homestead Speedway’s road course saw Team Pelfrey and Cape Motorsports maintain their preeminence in Pro Mazda and USF2000 respectively, the latter despite a change in spec chassis.
Colombia's Juan Piedrahita will remain in Indy Lights for a fourth campaign in 2017, rejoining Team Pelfrey.
TJ Fischer will return to Team Pelfrey this year after a disrupted 2016 that saw him graduate from USF2000 mid-season.
Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 all created some great racing this year. But now it’s time to separate those who produced occasional eye-catching performances from those who operated at that level all season.
Nicolas Dapero scored his first Pro Mazda victory, after Team Pelfrey teammates Pato O’Ward and Aaron Telitz collided exiting Turn 2, damaging the former’s car and resulting in a drive-through penalty for the latter.