Junior Open Wheel Talent

News and Views on Drivers Chasing Open-Wheel Stardom


by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:37 am linkage

Star Mazda drivers Zach Veach and Bruno Palli recently sampled Indy Lights machinery; Veach with Andretti Autosport and Palli with Juncos Racing at at Putnam Park.

There has been lots of interesting reads on the various options and rumors surrounding a new Indy Lights package. Here are a few: Autoweek hints at the Deltawing, MotorAuthority, eFormulaCarNews (see Aug. 10 entry), SPEED’s Marshall Pruett confirms Dyson Racing as a contender with the “Hulman” car.

The USF2000 National Championship just wrapped up a weekend at Road America with Brabham taking over the points lead following a “blocking” penalty issued to Spencer Pigot. Brabham won the first two races before Scott Anderson claimed his second race win of the season (from pole) in the final race of the tripleheader weekend. The victory came just weeks after Anderson claimed his first win at Mid-Ohio. Zachary Houghton of IndyCarAdvocate.com recently wrote a nice piece on Anderson.

Matt McMurry, a talented up-and-comer in the Skip Barber Summer Series, recently completed a two-day USF2000 test with Belardi Auto Racing at Gingerman Raceway. Take a ride with him here, noticing his “slow” hands during steering input. The 14-year-old race driver earned podiums in his first two Skip Barber race weekends (Road America and Laguna Seca).

In other testing news, the USF2000 National Championship will be offering the Skip Barber Winter Series champion (Jake Eidson) and Summer Series Champ the opportunity to test a USF2000 car at the second annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 10-11.

Also, a select winner from the Rock Island Grand Prix — the world’s largest go-kart street race — will be awarded entry into the 2012 Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout.

In F2000 Championship news, Group-A Racing has signed Brazilian standout Gustavo Rizzo for Summit Point. Rizzo competed in five race weekends last year prior to being sidelined by injury at Mosport.

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