MRTI – Winterfest is coming!

This off-season has not been a quiet one for the three facets of the Mazda Road to Indy. The USF2000 Series, Pro Mazda, and IndyLights have all seen growth and increased interest over last season. Last year, the numbers for all three series has waned with only 16 drivers in USF2000 contesting the full season, 11 drivers for Pro Mazda, and a mere eight for Indy Lights. We’re already above those number and teams are looking to add even more as we close in on the 2015 season opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

Before St. Pete, though, we have the Cooper Tires Winterfest! This is a unique preseason event in junior formula racing. The USF2000 and Pro Mazda teams will contest a six-race series at NOLA Motorsports Park and Barber Motorsports Park this week and next, with three races at each venue. The Indy Lights teams will have two days of testing at the two days of testing at the two venues.

The Indy Lights teams are on track today at NOLA, and the USF2000 and Pro Mazda teams will begin competition tomorrow. This mini-series gives teams the opportunity to evaluate talent in a competitive environment. We’ve seen at many levels of racing drivers who are capable of throwing down mad qualifying times, but whose racecraft is a bit lacking. These six races will demonstrate not only who is quick on the track, but who can read traffic, care for their equipment, and do all the things necessary to be a winning race car driver. The $50,000 prize for the winning driver isn’t a bad motivator, either!

All of the series offer live timing and scoring, so although the events won’t be televised, you can follow the lap times and listen to Rob Howden’s call of the action. Here are the schedules and entries. All times are Central Standard Time.

USF2000 Winterfest Schedule:
Live Timing and Scoring – http://usf2000.com/results/live-timing

NOLA Motorsports Park

  • 2/19/2015
    • 12:15 PM-12:45 PM — Practice 1
    • 2:30 PM-3:00 PM — Qualifying
    • 4:30 PM-5:00 PM — Race 1
  • 2/20/2015
    • 10:00 AM-10:20 AM — Warm Up
    • 11:15 AM-11:45 AM — Race 2
    • 2:00 PM-2:30 PM — Practice 2
    • 3:30 PM-4:00 PM — Race 3

Barber Motorsports Park

  • 2/25/2015
    • 12:15 PM-12:45 PM — Practice 1
    • 2:30 PM-3:00 PM — Qualifying
    • 4:30 PM-5:00 PM — Race 1
  • 2/26/2015
    • 10:00 AM-10:20 AM — Warm Up
    • 11:15 AM-11:45 AM — Race 2
    • 2:00 PM-2:30 PM — Practice 2
    • 3:30 PM-4:00 PM — Race 3

USF2000 Entries: (18 cars)

No.DriverHometownTeam
2Nico JaminRouen, FranceCape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing
3Aaron TelitzRice Lake, WisconsinCape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing
5Keyvan AndresSoori Cologne, GermanyArmsUp Motorsports
6Max HanrattyHartland, WisconsinArmsUp Motorsports
12Augie LerchTucson, ArizonaJAY Motorsports
16James DaysonVancouver, British Columbia, CanadaArmsUp Motorsports
17Victor FranzoniSao Paulo, BrazilAfterburner Autosport
18Bruna TomaselliSanta Catarina, BrazilAfterburner Autosport
22Jake EidsonMemphis, TennesseePabst Racing
23Yufeng LuoBeijing, ChinaPabst Racing
33Anthony MartinKalgoorlie, AustraliaJohn Cummiskey Racing
79Santiago LozanoBogota, ColombiaM2 Autosport
80Parker ThompsonRed Deer, Alberta, CanadaJDC MotorSports
81Ayla AgrenOslo, NorwayTeam Pelfrey
82Luke GabinPerth, AustraliaTeam Pelfrey
83Garth RickardsMechanicsburg, PennsylvaniaTeam Pelfrey
84Nikita LastochkinMoscow, RussiaTeam Pelfrey
94Jordan LloydToowoomba, AustraliaJohn Cummiskey Racing

 

Pro Mazda Winterfest Schedule:
Live Timing and Scoring – http://promazda.com/results/live-timing

NOLA Motorsports Park

  • 2/19/2015
    • 1:00 PM-1:30 PM — Practice 1
    • 3:30 PM-4:00 PM — Qualifying
    • 5:30 PM-6:00 PM — Race 1
  • 2/20/2015
    • 10:30 AM-10:50 AM — Warm Up
    • 12:15 PM-12:45 PM — Race 2
    • 2:45 PM-3:15 PM — Practice 2
    • 4:30 PM-5:00 PM — Race 3

Barber Motorsports Park

  • 2/25/2015
    • 1:00 PM-1:30 PM — Practice 1
    • 3:30 PM-4:00 PM — Qualifying
    • 5:30 PM-6:00 PM — Race 1
  • 2/26/2015
    • 10:30 AM-10:50 AM — Warm Up
    • 12:15 PM-12:45 PM — Race 2
    • 2:45 PM-3:15 PM — Practice 2
    • 4:30 PM-5:00 PM — Race 3

Pro Mazda Entries: (14 cars)

No.DriverHometownTeam
2Daniel BurkettWinnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaCape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing
5Garett GristGrimsby, Ontario, CanadaJuncos Racing
6Timothé BuretMontpellier, FranceJuncos Racing
7Jose GutierrezMonterrey, MexicoJuncos Racing
10Florian LatorreLibourne, FranceCape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing
13*Bobby EberleHouston, TexasWorld Speed Motorsports
14Alessandro LatifLondon, EnglandM1 Autosport
19Raoul OwensPembrey, Kent, EnglandJDC MotorSports
22Weiron TanKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaAndretti Autosport
23Will OwenPlano, TexasJuncos Racing
24Tristan DeGrandEureka, MissouriM1 Autosport
28Dalton KellettToronto, Ontario, CanadaAndretti Autosport
33Carlos CondeScarsdale, New YorkM1 Autosport
54Michael JohnsonFlint, MichiganJDC MotorSports

 

Indy Lights Winterfest Schedule:
Live Timing and Scoring – http://indylights.com/results/live-timing

NOLA Motorsports Park

  • 2/18/2015
    • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM — Test Session 1
    • 2:00 PM-6:00 PM — Test Session 2
  • 2/19/2015
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM — Test Session 3

Barber Motorsports Park

  • 2/24/2015
    • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM — Test Session 1
    • 2:00 PM-6:00 PM — Test Session 2
  • 2/25/2015
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM — Test Session 3

Indy Lights Entries: (12 cars)

No.DriverHometownTeam
4Felix SerrallesPonce, Puerto RicoBelardi Auto Racing
5Juan PiedrahitaBogota, ColombiaBelardi Auto Racing
7RC EnersonNew Port Richey, FloridaSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
8Scott HargroveVancouver, BC, Canada8Star Motorsports
11Ed JonesDubai, United Arab EmiratesCarlin
12Spencer PigotOrlando, FloridaJuncos Racing
14Max ChiltonReigate, Surrey, EnglandCarlin
18Kyle KaiserSanta Clara, CaliforniaJuncos Racing
42Jack HarveyBassingham, EnglandSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
51Shelby BlackstockNashville, TennesseeAndretti Autosport
71Ethan RingelWindermere, FloridaSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
77Scott AndersonFort Collins, ColoradoSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
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