Michael Scott earns place in Mazda Road To Indy Shootout
New Zealander Michael Scott has become the first of an expected 20 drivers to earn a spot in the end-of-season Mazda Road to Indy $200k Scholarship Shootout.
The 21-year-old will be on the grid at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in December, aiming to win the $200,000 Mazda scholarship to compete in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Scott claimed his ticket to the Shootout by clinching the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway following an intense, season-long battle with rival Aaron Marr.
“I am absolutely ecstatic,” said Scott, who also competed in the New Zealand Toyota TR86 series. “It has been an incredibly busy summer of motorsport for me, and on three occasions I was racing [both cars] on the same weekend. To be able to finish off both of these series with a race win gives me a lot of confidence, which I hope I can bring with me going into the Shootout.
“I know there will be some incredibly good drivers I’ll be up against, but I believe this opportunity could really kick off my motorsport career at an international level.”
New Zealand Formula Ford coordinator Steve Edwards commented: “Establishing credible international pathways for our young aspiring drivers has been difficult. The Mazda Road to Indy has been a perfect opportunity to link in with USF2000 – a well-established series with significant history and relevance to single-seater racing.
“To add to this, Scott Dixon, a fellow Kiwi who came through our Formula Ford series, is the current IndyCar champ. New Zealanders know about Indy cars and this adds value to this relationship from a public perspective.”
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