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2017 Mazda Road to Indy

Licensing and Registration Guide

All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires – are sanctioned by INDYCAR.

Below are the steps for interested drivers to advance to a level within the ladder system as well as some additional information.

Driving resumes for each of the three series are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. As a general guideline, the following are suggested experience levels:

  • USF2000: a minimum of two years experience in karts and/or cars. Examples of acceptable experience include karting, school cars, SCCA or other amateur club racing, and competition in any championships worldwide.
  • Pro Mazda: a minimum of three years experience with at least one year in cars preferred.
  • Indy Lights: a minimum of four years experience with at least two years in cars preferred.

Again, driving resumes are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and there may be exceptions to the recommended experience levels noted above.

Submit your Driving Resume

For new drivers who wish to compete in ANY on-track activity in USF2000, Pro Mazda or Indy Lights must submit their driving resume to the INDYCAR competition department for review.  Resumes may be submitted to Megan Mattingly at mmattingly@indycar.com.  Please allow at least 48 hours for the review process.

Secure Medical Clearance

All drivers wishing to participate in ANY on-track activity must be medically cleared prior to on-track competition.  You can obtain medical clearance by scheduling a physical exam with INDYCAR or by having INDYCAR provide you with the proper medical forms for your personal physician to complete your physical exam.  Drivers must contact Linda Staletovich at lstaleto@iuhealth.org to schedule an appointment or to obtain the medical forms.

Substance Abuse Screening

All drivers and crew members working on the car are required to pass a substance abuse screening prior to receiving their INDYCAR license and/or hard card.  The screening must be completed at least 48 hours in advance of on-track participation.  Please schedule your screening with AEGIS labs by contacting sportstestingservices@aegislabs.com or by calling 615-760-2808. 

For pre-season substance abuse screening, the following groups need to be tested:

USF2000 - drivers only

Pro Mazda - drivers and engineers

Indy Lights - drivers, engineers and mechanics

Complete License Application

For drivers 18 years of age and older:  Drivers must complete the online licensing application and can apply at https://hardcards.indycar.com. If you are a returning driver, log in using your existing username and password. An email will be sent out when the 2017 registration site is open and will include your username. If you are a new driver, choose the “Create My Account” option. The final page entitled “Acknowledgement of Agreements and Understandings” MUST be printed, signed and returned to Megan Mattingly or Jason Penix at INDYCAR.

For unemanicpated drivers under the age of 18: Drivers must complete the licensing application complete with both parents and witness signatures on legal-sized paper. Please send all original copies containing original signatures to Megan Mattingly. These forms are available on the homepage of https://hardcards.indycar.com, along with a checklist.

License Fees

Drivers must purchase a test license prior to testing or a race license prior to racing competition and pay the fee. If the driver is only testing and decides to register for the full season or racing, the test license fee that was paid may be applied to the overall cost of a series racing license.  Entrant fees are outlined below as well. Please contact Megan Mattingly at mmattingly@indycar.com with any questions.

 License Type License Fee 
 USF2000 Driver Full Season $525
 USF2000 Driver Test $200
 USF2000 Entrant  $725
 Pro Mazda Driver Full Season             $775
 Pro Mazda Driver Test  $200
 Pro Mazda Entrant  $975
 Indy Lights Driver Full Season  $1,025
 Indy Lights Driver Test  $200
 Indy Lights Entrant  $1,675

 

Driver Upgrades

Drivers who are already registered with an INDYCAR sanctioned series may upgrade their license to the series that they wish to compete in at the test by paying the $200 test license fee and completing the upgrade form by contacting Megan Mattingly at mmattingly@indycar.com

Team Annual Credentials (“Hard Cards”)/Entrant Licenses

For individual crew members to obtain annual credentials, their team must first register as an Entrant via the website (https://hardcards.indycar.com). If the team previously held an Entrant License, the same username and password can be used to log in and renew their Entrant License. An email will also be sent with this information once the 2017 site is open. If it’s a new team, click “Create My Account,” answer no to the “do you have a code” question, and then choose “New Entrant.”

Once INDYCAR Guest Relations receives your original “Acknowledgement of Agreements and Understandings Form” that you were prompted to print out on the last page, the credential representative will receive an email with codes. USF2000 teams receive six codes. Pro Mazda teams receive eight codes and Indy Lights receive 12 codes. These codes are to be distributed to team members and redeemed for an annual credential via https://hardcards.indycar.com.

Please note that any team members who previously held an annual credential may not renew their membership until the team’s Entrant License has been processed by INDYCAR and new codes have been issued. Each team member, regardless of previously held membership, will need a new code for 2017 in order to complete the credential application. Any crew member going over the wall MUST have an annual credential.

Prior to receiving annual credentials, drivers and team members must also produce a negative substance abuse test in conjunction with INDYCAR’s 2017 Substance Abuse Policy. Information regarding this policy and who it affects is available with your credential application or by contacting Megan Mattingly at mmattingly@indycar.com.

The main team contact person may log in at any time throughout the season to manage their annual credential list and may also purchase additional annual credentials through the site. Cost is $500 for each additional credential. If a team member leaves the team, their annual credential can be turned in to INDYCAR and that member’s code is then freed up to be used be a new team member. There is a $50 fee associated with this policy.

INDYCAR does not issue annual credentials to anyone under 18 years of age.

Single Event Credentials

USF2000:

Overview: Each driver/entrant combination receives four guest credentials per event. If additional credentials are needed, requests can be made to the series office and in many cases granted, dependent upon availability at that particular event. USF2000 does not guarantee quantities requested will be filled at all events.

For 2017, USF2000 will again use the online list system for single event credentials. The website and login information will be distributed to teams, who can then manage their guest list online at any time. Guests must arrive at the USF2000 credential office at each track during the scheduled registration hours. They must sign a liability waiver and present photo identification at registration to obtain credentials.

Pro Mazda:

Overview: Each driver/entrant combinations receives four guest credentials per event. If additional credentials are needed, requests can be made to the series office and in many cases granted, dependent upon availability at that particular event. Pro Mazda does not guarantee quantities requested will be filled at all events.

For 2017, Pro Mazda will again use the online list system for single event credentials. The website and login information will be distributed to teams, who can then manage their guest list online at any time. Guests must arrive at the Pro Mazda credential office at each track during the scheduled registration hours. They must sign a liability waiver and present photo identification at registration to obtain credentials.

Indy Lights

Overview: Each driver receives four guest credentials per event and each entrant receives 10 guest credentials per event. If additional credentials are needed, requests can be made to the series office and in many cases granted, dependent upon availability at that particular event. Indy Lights does not guarantee quantities requested will be filled at all events.

Indy Lights will utilize the INDYCAR List System website for single event credentials. The website and login information will be distributed to teams, who can then manage their guest list online at any time. Guest must arrive at the Indy Lights credential office at each track during the scheduled registration hours. They must sign a liability waiver and present photo identification at registration to obtain credentials.

Other Information (Applies to all three MRTI Series):

Age Limit: We are only able to issue credentials to individuals who are 18 years of age or older.

Minor Credentials: While we are unable to issue credentials to minors, participants with minor guests should contact event promoters to confirm the specific minor policy (some may provide limited access such as infield, hospitality, etc.). In order to avoid any uncomfortable situations onsite, we strongly encourage participants to inform guests of this policy.

Credential Office Hours: Prior to an event, teams and drivers are encouraged to review posted credential office hours on the series website and pass along to their guests.

Parking Passes: Parking passes will be granted per team and per driver at each event, based on quantities allotted to the series by the event promoter.

Specialized Parking: If any individual has a specialized parking request (i.e. motor home, handicap, etc.) the individual must contact the event promoter in advance of the event.

Media/Photo Credentials: Requests for media or photographer credentials must go through each track promoter directly.

For general inquiries, please contact Jason Penix, Director of Development Series at jpenix@indycar.com