The Mazda Road to Indy announced today that they will be holding a scouting combine on Nov. 28-30, 2011 at Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, Fla.
The program aims to provide drivers from the World Karting Association (WKA), SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA), International Karting Federation (IKF), the Rock Island Grand Prix (RIGP) and the Rotax championships — as well as invitees from regional kart series and USAC — the chance to win an entry into the St. Petersburg round of the 2012 USF2000 National Championship. Participants will be evaluated on-and-off the track by a panel of judges during a three-day shootout at Andersen RacePark.
“The Mazda Road to Indy’s goal is to develop formula car drivers, and forming a link to karting is essential in achieving that,” said Jason Penix, manager of grassroots marketing for IndyCar. “Karting plays such an important role in the career of a young driver, and the Scouting Combine will give someone the chance to make the step into cars. Hopefully, we will find several young drivers ready to make the Mazda Road to Indy their next racing home.”
This is certainly another step in the right direction by INDYCAR and the Mazda Road to Indy development program.