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Mazda Road to Indy update

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship, U.S. F2000 National Championship

Nicolas Costa leads the field during the start of the first USF2000 race last weekend at Mid-Ohio. (photo: USF2000)

Nicolas Costa leads the field during the start of the first Pro Mazda race last weekend at Mid-Ohio. Costa, driving the No. 82 Team Pelfrey car, went on to win his first-career race. (photo: ProMazda)

It’s been awhile and for that I apologize.

They say you’re only supposed to make one big life change per year. I’ve been blessed with three in the past nine months: a baby, a new house, and a new job. While all three are special (one far more than the others), they require a lot of attention. Priorities, right?

While I’ve been dealing with big changes in my life, there has been some pretty significant changes in the Mazda Road to Indy, including a great many accomplishments. They all deserve attention and fortunately there has been more and more dedication to today’s up-and-coming drivers on the Internet, so hopefully you’ve been following the news closely. While the blog has been quiet, I’ve been pretty steady with updates on Twitter, even if only through a retweet. Enough about that, let’s get to the important stuff.

Here’s a quick look back at what’s been happening.

USF2000

Jake Eidson won Race 1 in Toronto and Florian Latorre drove to victory in Race 2. This past weekend, at Mid-Ohio, RC Enerson took the checkered in the opening race; Eidson returned to victory lane in Race 2; and Latorre topped the field in Round 12 to claim the championship lead heading into the final weekend (Rounds 13 and 14) in Sonoma on Aug. 23-24. Here’s how the points stand now: (top-five) Latorre 277; Eidson 247; Enerson 244; Telitz 202; Franzoni 105.

Pro Mazda

Canadian Scott Hargrove claimed victory in Houston on June 28 and Spencer Pigot won Round Nine the next day at Reliant Park. At Mid-Ohio, Nicolas Costa earned his first-career victory Saturday, 0.3458 seconds ahead of rookie Ryan Booth. On Sunday, it was two Canadians on the podium with Garett Grist winning, Costa finishing runner-up, and Hargrove completing the podium. Pro Mazda drivers head to Milwaukee before wrapping up the championship in Sonoma. Pigot (259 points) retains his lead in the championship hunt by 14 points over Hargrove. Neil Alberico is third (186), followed by Shelby Blackstock (174), and Grist (172).

Indy Lights

After winning the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Gabby Chaves went on to win at Pocono on July 6th, finishing just ahead of Zach Veach and Jack Harvey. Round nine, held on the streets of Toronto, was won by rookie Alex Baron with Chaves and Harvey rounding out the podium. Last weekend, in Ohio, Harvey won both races. Chaves (431 points) currently holds an 18-point advantage over Harvey, followed by Veach (407), Matthew Brabham (325), and Luiz Razia (313). The drivers will hit the Milwaukee Mile on Aug. 17 before completing the season on the West Coast with the Aug. 23-24 doubleheader at Sonoma Raceway.

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