Road to Indy

The Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires is a racecar driver development program, providing a scholarship-funded path to reach the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500.[1] Sanctioned by IndyCar, the Road to Indy is owned and managed by Andersen Promotions. On December 9, 2010 it was announced that Mazda would become the title sponsor of the program and provide scholarships for series champions to advance to the next rung of the ladder[2] with all three series running on Cooper Tires.

Road to Indy logo

Since its launch in 2010, the Road to Indy ladder system has attracted competitors from around the globe. Drivers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Zimbabwe have been part of the grids, showcasing their talents at premier venues on a mix of road courses, temporary street circuits and ovals.

Participating series (in order from lowest to highest "rung"):

  1. U.S. F2000 National Championship
  2. Indy Pro 2000 Championship (known as the Star Mazda Championship and Pro Mazda Championship prior to 2019)
  3. Indy Lights
  4. IndyCar Series

One of the season highlights is the Indy 500 weekend, with Indy Lights competing in the Freedom 100 on Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis later that evening.

No driver has won the championship and thus scholarship at every rung of the ladder on their way to Indycar. However, both Sage Karam and Matthew Brabham won scholarships from U.S. F2000 and made it to IndyCar. Karam, Brabham, Tristan Vautier, and Spencer Pigot have all won two scholarships on their way to IndyCar. In 2017, Josef Newgarden became the first Road to Indy graduate and scholarship winner to win the IndyCar Series championship.

Mazda Road to Indy ShootoutEdit

For 2017 a shootout race for up and coming talents was announced. The Road to Indy has several partnerships with other development series. In a knock-out format the drivers will compete for a $200,000.00 scholarship to race in the USF2000 series.

Drivers from the following series can qualify to compete in the shootout:[3][4]

Shootout winnersEdit

Year Track Winner
2016 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca   Oliver Askew
2017 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park   Keith Donegan
2018 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park   Hunter McElrea

ChampionsEdit

IndyCar Series Indy Lights Indy Pro 2000 U.S. F2000
2010   Dario Franchitti 2010   Jean-Karl Vernay 2010   Conor Daly 2010   Sage Karam
2011   Dario Franchitti 2011   Josef Newgarden 2011   Tristan Vautier 2011   Petri Suvanto
2012   Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012   Tristan Vautier 2012   Jack Hawksworth 2012   Matthew Brabham
2013   Scott Dixon 2013   Sage Karam 2013   Matthew Brabham 2013   Scott Hargrove
2014   Will Power 2014   Gabby Chaves 2014   Spencer Pigot 2014   Florian Latorre
2015   Scott Dixon 2015   Spencer Pigot 2015   Santiago Urrutia 2015   Nico Jamin
2016   Simon Pagenaud 2016   Ed Jones 2016   Aaron Telitz 2016   Anthony Martin
2017   Josef Newgarden 2017   Kyle Kaiser 2017   Victor Franzoni 2017   Oliver Askew
2018   Scott Dixon 2018   Patricio O'Ward 2018   Rinus VeeKay 2018   Kyle Kirkwood
2019   Josef Newgarden 2019   Oliver Askew 2019   Kyle Kirkwood 2019   Braden Eves
2020 2020 Season Cancelled 2020   Sting Ray Robb 2020   Christian Rasmussen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mazda Road to Indy". Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  2. ^ Mazda to sponsor Road to Indy program Archived 2010-12-12 at the Wayback Machine, IndyCar, December 9, 2010, Retrieved 2010-12-09
  3. ^ "Official Feeder Series of the Mazda Road to Indy". USF2000. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "MRTI USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout Dates/Venue Announced". usf2000.com. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  5. ^ "La FIA F4 Nacam participará en el MRTI Scholarship Shootout". Chicas Racing. Retrieved 2017-09-13.