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Team Pelfrey is an American racing team in the Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship and U.S. F2000 National Championship series.[4] The team is owned by Dale Pelfrey.[2][3]

United States Team Pelfrey
BaseIndianapolis, Indiana[1]
Team principal(s)Dale Pelfrey[2][3]
Current seriesIndy Lights
Pro Mazda Championship[4]
Former seriesIndyCar Series[3]
U.S. F2000 National Championship[4][5]
Noted driversIndy Lights:
2. Toby Sowery[6]
Drivers'
Championships
3: Pro Mazda Championship[7][8][9]

Contents

Indy Racing League (1998–2000)Edit

John Paul Jr. replaced Danny Ongais as driver for the 1998 Indianapolis 500 due to Ongais crashing and suffering a concussion.[10] Paul Jr. finished seventh and led the race.[11] Robby Unser drove for Pelfrey in 1999.[12] Lyn St. James failed to qualify for the 1999 Indianapolis 500 due to rain on the final qualifying day and a backup car accident.[13] The team was put up for auction on eBay in June 1999. The high bid was $1,500,300 and did not meet the reserve of $3 million.[2][14] Sarah Fisher raced for the team at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999.[15][16] Billy Boat drove for Pelfrey after being unable to fund his own team for the 2000 Indy Racing League season.[17] Boat wrecked his Pelfrey primary car for the 2000 Indianapolis 500, but would qualify driving for A. J. Foyt Enterprises.[18][19][20]

Road to Indy (2011–present)Edit

USF2000 and Pro MazdaEdit

The team returned to racing in the 2011 Star Mazda Championship with driver Nick Andries.[3] Jack Hawksworth won the 2012 Star Mazda Championship.[7] Pelfrey would join the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 2015.[7] Santiago Urrutia won the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship.[8] Both series teams underwent a leadership change in May 2016, with Dale Pelfrey taking over operations from Nigel Tuckey.[21] Aaron Telitz won the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship over teammate Patricio O'Ward.[9][22] Team Pelfrey's USF2000 and Pro Mazda teams moved from Pompano Beach, Florida to Indianapolis, Indiana in late 2016. The team was located at TKM Inc. under Thomas Knapp.[1] Pelfrey shut down its USF2000 after the 2018 season.[5]

Indy LightsEdit

2016Edit

Team Pelfrey purchased 8 Star Motorsports and entered two cars in the 2016 Indy Lights series.[4][23] Felix Rosenqvist tested with the team at Palm Beach International Raceway, but would later sign with Belardi Auto Racing.[23][24][25] Juan Piedrahita became the team's full-time driver, with Scott Hargrove running several races.[26][27] Garett Grist moved up from Pro Mazda for the road course races starting at Road America, replacing Hargrove.[28] Piedrahita left the team after Toronto and Sean Rayhall joined for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.[29][30]

2017Edit

Juan Piedrahita rejoined Team Pelfrey for the 2017 Indy Lights season.[31] Patricio O'Ward joined the team for St. Petersburg and finished third in race two.[32][33][34] Piedrahita won the pole at Gateway and finished 2nd.[35][36]

2018Edit

Neil Alberico and Shelby Blackstock joined the team for St. Petersburg.[5][37] Davey Hamilton Jr. joined for the Freedom 100.[5][38] The team moved its operations from Florida to Indianapolis before the 2019 season.[5]

2019Edit

Toby Sowery joined the team for St. Petersburg.[39]

Driver historyEdit

Indy Racing LeagueEdit

Road to IndyEdit

Indy Lights (2016–present)Edit

Pro Mazda Championship (2011–present)Edit

U.S. F2000 National Championship (2015–present)Edit

Complete racing resultsEdit

Indy Racing LeagueEdit

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Indy Racing League results
Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos Pos
1998 WDW PHX INDY TXS NHA DOV CLT PPIR ATL TXS LSV
Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Aurora V8   Danny Ongais 81 DNQ NC
  John Paul Jr. 8 11th 216
  Tyce Carlson 12 27th 73
  Lyn St. James 90 DNQ NC
1999 WDW PHX CLT INDY TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPIR LSV TXS
Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Aurora V8   Sarah Fisher (R) 48 17 46th 5
  Robby Unser 81 15 26 C1 8 6 6 2 12 9 16 14 10th 209
  Lyn St. James 90 DNQ NC
2000 WDW PHX LSV INDY TXS PPIR ATL KTY TXS
Dallara IR-00 Oldsmobile Aurora V8   Billy Boat 81 9 6 7 23 18 8 18 3 10th 181
  Memo Gidley 82 DNQ NC
  1. ^ The 1999 VisionAire 500K at Charlotte was cancelled after 79 laps due to spectator fatalities.

Indy LightsEdit

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Indy Lights results
Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points Position
2016 STP PHX ALA IMS INDY ROA IOW TOR MDO WGL LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Juan Piedrahita 2 9 8 12 7 16 15 11 8 12 7 7 14 12 135 135 13th 6th
  Sean Rayhall 4 8 32 19th
  Scott Hargrove (R) 3 2 14 13 13 12 14 9 5 93 16th
  Garett Grist (R) 7 10 7 7 10 12 8 11 15 102 15th
2017 STP ALA IMS INDY ROA IOW TOR MDO GAT LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Juan Piedrahita 2 14 10 11 11 DNS 5 8 5 10 10 6 4 10 11 2* 9 208 162 9th 5th
  Patricio O'Ward (R) 3 5 3 8 15 58 15th
2018 STP ALA IMS INDY ROA IOW TOR MDO GAT POR D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Neil Alberico 2 7 5 31* 46* 9th* 4th*
  Shelby Blackstock 3 5 2 42* 8th*

Star Mazda/Pro Mazda ChampionshipEdit

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Pro Mazda Championship results
Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points Position
2011 STP ALA IRP MIL IOW MOS TRO SNM BAL LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Connor De Phillippi 11 1 10 1 6 11 2 5 1 2 10 1 401 293 2nd 1st
  Nick Andries (R) 81 17 2 2 3 7 4 3 2 3 9 2 385 3rd
2012 STP ALA IRP IOW TOR EDM TRO BAL LAG ATL D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Petri Suvanto (R) 81 5 3 6 6 5 4 6 8 19 4 14 4 4 4 5 5 6 271 451 5th 1st
  Jack Hawksworth (R) 82 2 1 1 2 7 15 1 1 7 1 1 12 1 2 1 2 397 1st
  Ryan Tveter (R) 14 91 18th
  Gustavo Menezes 83 13 10 7 16 6 13 8 6 13 5 7 6 7 16 6 8 7 208 9th
2013 COTA STP IRP MIL TOR MOS MDO TRO HOU D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Dalton Kellett (R) 80 10 8 377 NC 2nd
  Spencer Pigot (R) 81 2 16 4 4 2 3 9 11 1* 4* 4 5 5 5 2 5 297 4th
  Petri Suvanto 82 5 5 11 8 57 10th
  Anders Krohn 4 4 NC
  Nicolas Costa (R) 3 6 5 10 15 3 3 2 NC
  Stefan Rzadzinski 83 8 12 NC
2014 STP ALA IMS IRP HOU MDO MIL SNM D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Dalton Kellett 80 9 11 10 11 4 19 DNS 3 7 8 8 11 7 10 160 259 10th 3rd
  Pipo Derani (R) 81 4 3 6 4 9 18 88 14th
  Anders Krohn 5 17 25th
  Jack Aitken (R) 9 4 31 20th
  Brandon Newey (R) 10 13 63 17th
82 16 18 16 12 5 14
  Nicolas Costa 2 5 1* 2 5 4 2 224 5th
99 4
2015 STP NOLA ALA IMS IRP TOR IOW MDO LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Raoul Owens (R) 80 11 18 11 12 14 8 6 12 13 13 7 16 166 387 12th 2nd
  Santiago Urrutia (R) 81 2 4 1* C 3 2 4 3 1* 15 7 4 5 1* 3 2 2 355 1st
  Patricio O'Ward (R) 84 4 14 4 C 5 7 6 10 5 7 2 3 3 7 6 18 6 250 6th
2016 STP ALA IMS IRP ROA TOR MDO LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Patricio O'Ward 80 1* 2 1 1* 1* 1* 1* 4 4 9 2 7 4 1* 10 6 393 553 2nd 1st
  Weiron Tan 81 5 3 4 10 69 11th
  TJ Fischer (R) 5 6 6 6 6 5 6 11 7 137 7th
  Aaron Telitz (R) 82 2 1* 2* 2 7 2 5 1* 1* 1* 1* 2 3 2 5 1* 421 1st
2017 STP IMS ROA MDO GAT WGL D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Nikita Lastochkin (R) 80 5 5 6 5 3 3 5 5 6 6 13 4 203 381 5th 1st
  Carlos Cunha (R) 81 4 12 4 3 9 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 237 3rd
  TJ Fischer 82 3 3 3 2 15 12 3 4 4 4 10 5 224 4th
  Robert Megennis (R) 84 12 DNS 21 13th
2018 STP ALA IMS IRP ROA TOR MDO GAT POR D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Tatuus PM-18 Mazda MZR-R PM18At   Rafael Martins (R) 80 16 9 6 8 45* 61* 11th* 3rd*
  Andrés Gutiérrez (R) 81 14 8 4 7 53* 8th*
  Sting Ray Robb 82 6 4 9 10 58* 6th*

U.S. F2000 National ChampionshipEdit

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U.S. F2000 National Championship results
Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points Position
2015 STP NOLA ALA IMS IRP TOR MDO LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Élan DP08 Mazda MZR   Ayla Ågren (R) 81 9 10 9 11 9 10 6 14 11 7 9 10 6 11 11 7 186 188 10th 4th
  Luke Gabin (R) 82 17 9 8 14 15 14 5 4 8 4 3 7 7 6 15 15 194 6th
  Garth Rickards (R) 83 7 15 11 8 6 11 7 17 9 5 6 18 5 8 9 10 186 9th
  Nikita Lastochkin (R) 84 10 8 10 12 10 8 8 7 12 8 8 11 10 10 7 5 193 8th
2016 STP ALA IMS IRP ROA TOR MDO LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Élan DP08 Mazda MZR   Robert Megennis (R) 80 3 8 12 3 8 10 6 7 11 5 5 19 4 7 8 8 224 180 6th 5th
  Jordan Cane (R) 81 25 3 6 19 10 21 121 13th
  Kaylen Frederick (R) 13 13 16 24th
  TJ Fischer (R) 82 22 9 13 10 9 9 58 19th
  Phillippe Denes (R) 7 11 24 22nd
  James Munro (R) 83 18 21 11 23 20 23rd
2017 STP ALA IMS ROA IOW TOR MDO WGL D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Tatuus USF-17 Mazda MZR   Robert Megennis 80 1* 19 4 6 DSQ 7 7 15 5 13 5 17 7 10 173 258 6th 3rd
  Kaylen Ferderick 81 4 5 2 2 DSQ 3 6 4 6 17 3 7 3 4 240 4th
  Ayla Ågren 82 21 12 8 8 7 12 8 72 17th
  Jacob Loomis (R) 11 19 13 32nd
  Phillippe Denes 18 18 13 15 30th
2018 STP IMS IRP ROA TOR MDO POR D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Tatuus USF-17 Mazda MZR   Julian van der Watt 80 5 11
  Kyle Dupell (R) 81 9 15
  Bruna Tomaselli 82 7 14

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