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Pro Mazda Championship

 

 

 

2019 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

[Visit RoadToIndy.Info for a full overview of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.]

The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as a new series in 2013, replacing the Star Mazda Championship which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years. The series is sanctioned by INDYCAR and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. It is the second official step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder system bridging the gap between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Juncos Racing's Rinus VeeKay and Exclusive Autosport's Parker Thompson battled for top honors throughout the 2018 season, with VeeKay claiming the champion's title and the scholarship to advance to Indy Lights in 2019.

It was an exciting season for Pro Mazda with the introduction of the new Mazda-powered Tatuus PM-18 chassis, completing the revitalization of all three levels. State-of-the-art chassis are in service across the board meeting the highest safety standards, including the Dallara IL-15, which debuted in Indy Lights in 2015, and the Tatuus USF-17 that was introduced to rave reviews in 2017.

The PM-18 will be the series’ standard for at least the next five years. It replaces the Elan Pro Mazda chassis which was introduced in 2004 and provided the basis for a long list of talented young drivers to develop their skills.

HISTORY

The series has served as a vital step on the career path of many of today's top drivers since 1991. Graduates include IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti, Gabby Chaves, Conor Daly, James Hinchcliffe, Sage Karam, Kyle Kaiser, Spencer Pigot, Graham Rahal and Zach Veach. 

SCHEDULE 

The 2019 Pro Mazda calendar will consist of a nine-event, 16-race schedule which includes two ovals, five road course and two street course venues. In support of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, both Pro Mazda and USF2000 will return for the Carb Night Classic on May 24 at Lucas Oil Raceway, which is undergoing a $10M-plus renovation.

ROUND DATE TRACK VENUE
1/2 March 9/10
Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street circuit*
3/4 May 10/11 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
5 May 24 Lucas Oil Raceway 0.686-mile oval
6/7 June 22/23 Road America 4.048-mile road course*
8/9 July 13/14
Streets of Toronto, Ontario
1.755-mile street circuit*
10/11 July 27/28 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course  2.258-mile road course*
12 August 24 Gateway Motorsports Park 1.25-mile oval 
13/14 Aug 31/Sept 1 Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course
15/16 September 21/22    
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca      
2.238-mile road course

*Doubleheader Round  

SERIES PARTNERS

Mazda, Cooper Tires, Allied Building Products, Elite Engines, Tatuus, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Motegi Racing, Hyperco, Dynamic Suspensions, Cosworth, Tilton, RACER, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, Royal Purple, VP Racing Fuels, Performance Friction, Racing Communications, INDYCAR Ministry

COVERAGE

The popular RoadToIndy.TV and RoadToIndy.TV App will continue to provide behind-the-scenes content, race recap episodes, special features, live streaming and live shows of Road to Indy on and off-track activities.

In 2016, the Road to Indy became the first American racing series with a dedicated broadcast channel on demand via Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku and, most recently, the Xbox One Official App.

CAR | ENGINE

The Tatuus PM-18 debuted to rave reviews in 2018. The PM-18 uses the USF-17 chassis - introduced in 2017 - as the base car to help control the operational costs for teams who wish to move up. The chassis is a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque manufactured by Tatuus Racing meeting current FIA F4 safety standards including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant IndyCar head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights and an upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA specific oval racing circuits.

Enhancements over the USF-17 include more sophisticated aerodynamics with an adjustable dual-element rear wing and single-plane carbon fiber front wing with adjustable flaps and Pro Mazda-specific front and rear endplates; larger Motegi Racing forged Technomesh monoblock alloy wheels with Cooper tires (13"x10" fronts and 13"x12" rears); and a 275 HP 2.0-liter Mazda MZR-PM18A motor developed by Elite Engines, utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system. The power is delivered via a Sadev SL82 six-speed sequential transmission and limited-slip differential.

VP is the Official Fuel of Pro Mazda.

TIRES

Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/PROMAZDA as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

POINT SYSTEM

ROAD/STREET COURSES

1st............................... 30              8th...............................13             15th............................ 6
2nd.............................. 25             9th................................12             16th............................ 5
3rd............................... 22             10th..............................11             17th............................ 4
4th............................... 19             11th..............................10             18th............................ 3
5th............................... 17             12th.............................. 9              19th............................ 2
6th............................... 15             13th.............................. 8              20th+.......................... 1

7th............................... 14             14th.............................. 7

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap

OVALS

1st............................... 45              8th...............................20             15th............................ 9
2nd.............................. 38             9th................................18             16th............................ 8
3rd............................... 33             10th..............................17             17th............................ 6
4th............................... 29             11th..............................15             18th............................ 5
5th............................... 26             12th..............................14             19th............................ 4
6th............................... 23             13th..............................12             20th+.......................... 2

7th............................... 21             14th..............................11

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1

Single car teams will receive three bonus points as an equivalency to multi-car teams. Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS

The 2019 champion's scholarship as well as prize money and awards will be announced shortly.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

The Road to Indy Summit and Oval Clinic is a three-part educational and promotional program held during the season. The platform provides valuable education on a variety of topics including marketing/business, media training, career growth and development, fitness and wellness, social media and a comprehensive introduction to oval track racing led by industry experts. It also features activities such as high-profile autograph sessions and fan Q&As, networking reception, team owner meet-and-greets and race shop tours. Additionally, the current points leader will pace the Freedom 100 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field on Carb Day and be interviewed in front of the Indianapolis 500 crowd only minutes before the race.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

 Streets of St. Petersburg Qualifying: Oliver Askew 1:08.1032 = 95.150 mph            
3/9/2018
  Race: Sting Ray Robb 1:08.5144 = 94.579 mph 3/10/2018
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC        Qualifying: Oliver Askew     
1:19.3319 = 110.679 mph 5/11/2018
  Race: Parker Thompson
1:21.0338 = 108.355 mph
5/12/2018
 Lucas Oil Raceway
Qualifying: Matthew Brabham         
19.744 = 125.081 mph
5/25/2013
  Race: Matthew Brabham
20.174 = 122.415 mph
5/25/2013
 Road America Qualifying: David Malukas 1:59.8151 = 120.606 mph 6/22/2018
  Race: Toby Sowery 2:01.3306 = 119.099 mph 6/22/2018
 Streets of Toronto
Qualifying:  Rinus VeeKay
1:07.9735 = 94.590 mph
7/13/2018
  Race:  Oliver Askew
1:07.6395 = 95.057 mph
7/15/2018
 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Qualifying: David Malukas 1:14.8576 = 108.590 mph 7/28/2018
  Race: Rinus VeeKay 1:16.3310 = 106.494 mph 7/29/2018
 Gateway Motorsports Park Qualifying: Anthony Martin 32.0581 = 140.370 mph
8/26/2017
  Race: Victor Franzoni 31.6226 = 142.303 mph
8/26/2017
 Portland International Raceway
Qualifying:  Rinus VeeKay
1:05.8973 = 107.294 mph
9/1/2018
  Race:  Rinus VeeKay
1:07.1597 = 105.277 mph
9/1/2018
 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Qualifying:  Richard Kent
1:19.935 = 100.792 mph
10/18/2008
  Race:  Dane Cameron
1.21.425 = 98.948 mph
10/20/2007

MILESTONES:

Most Starts  Dan Tomlin Jr. 60 2001-2008
Most Wins Matthew Brabham 13 2013
Most Wins in a Season Matthew Brabham 13 2013
Most Poles Jack Hawksworth 11 2012
Most Poles in a Season Jack Hawksworth 11 2012
Most Podiums Connor De Phillippi            19            2010-2012
Most Podiums in a Season          Matthew Brabham 15 2013

 

PAST CHAMPIONS:

Year Driver Entrant
2018
Rinus VeeKay
Juncos Racing
2017
Victor Franzoni
Juncos Racing
2016  Aaron Telitz  Team Pelfrey 
2015 Santiago Urrutia  Team Pelfrey
2014  Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
2013 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport
2012 Jack Hawksworth Team Pelfrey
2011 Tristan Vautier JDC MotorSports
2010 Conor Daly Juncos Racing
2009 Adam Christodoulou JDC MotorSports
2008 John Edwards AIM Autosport
2007 Dane Cameron JDC MotorSports
2006 Adrian Carrio World Speed Motorsports
2005 Raphael Matos Ocean Tomo Racing
2004 * Michael McDowell Valley Motor Center
2003 Luis Schiavo Racers Edge Motorsports
2002 Guy Cosmo Racers Edge Motorsports
2001 Scott Bradley World Speed Motorsports
2000 Bernardo Martinez Team Bucknum
1999 + Joey Hand S3 Racing
1998 Ian Lacy S3 Racing
1997 Tony Buffomante Valley Motor Center
1996 Rich Stephens Miller Team Racing
1995 Mark Rodrigues Valley Motor Center
1994 Brad Loehner Loehner Racing
1993 Ben Massey World Speed Motorsports
1992 Chuck West World Speed Motorsports
1991 Mark Rodrigues Valley Motor Center

(*) Series switched from tube-frame cars to carbon-fiber cars in 2004.
(+) First season of unified national Star Mazda Championship series. From 1991 – 1999 the series crowned regional and oval-track champions.