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Andersen Promotions and Victory Group have combined to offer race fans a closer look at the Road to Indy with the launching of RoadtoIndy.tv.
Per the press release:
The RoadToIndy.TV initiative led by Victory Group Creative Director Juan Pablo Manterola will comprise a stream of bi-weekly episodes throughout the racing season focusing on the behind-the-scenes stories of drivers and teams on their way up the ladder in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.“The Mazda Road to Indy is the premier ‘graduate school’ of open-wheel racing in the world – an unparalleled platform for drivers to hone their skills, teams to improve their performance and sponsors to maximize their involvement,” said Andersen. “We are excited to launch RoadToIndy.TV to take coverage of the ladder series to a new level and showcase our partners, drivers, teams and their sponsors to an ever-growing fan base.”
Grab your coffee and jump over to Kart360.com to read my latest feature story on world champion kart racer Ben Cooper.
Despite offers for free tests in cars, Cooper has declined stating he wouldn’t want to sacrifice everything he’s worked for to become a career-karter. During our interview I asked him about a future in open-wheel racing and he said it’s something he would love to do, but the budget just isn’t there. Either way, he’s proven to be one of the best and is currently helping others grow and develop into future open-wheel stars. Enjoy.
Late fall is an exciting time for those who follow junior formula racing. There always seems to be a flurry of driver announcements shortly after the previous year’s season ends. This fall/winter was no exception.
Here’s a quick glance at the early commits for the 2014 Mazda Road to Indy season. If I missed anyone, please send me an email and I’ll update the list (as of Jan. 14, 2014).
Happy holidays from Junior Open-Wheel Talent! A special thank you to everyone who supports JOWT and frequents the site. It’s been a special year for our family (see below) and hopefully yours as well.
For those wondering why the blog has been quiet as of late, there is good reason.
While away, my wife and I welcomed our first child — a healthy baby boy — into the world. He’s a thrilling addition to our family and has been keeping us both busy. For now, I ask that you remain patient as we adapt to this new lifestyle. As always, thank you for your continued readership and loyalty to Junior Open-Wheel Talent.
The Team USA and Team Canada Scholarship drivers again had a successful trip to Europe. Scott Hargrove (Canada) finished fourth in the Formula Ford Festival Grand Final with Team USA’s Jake Eidson finishing a close fifth, after staring 11th at Brands Hatch. Niall Murray won the race.
Team Canada’s Zacharie Robichon qualified third but suffered a broken push rod end on the exit of Graham Hill Bend, sending him into the barriers in the semi-final, ending his weekend.
Team USA drivers also raced in the Walter Hayes Trophy competing against over 110 entrants at Silverstone with Eidson finishing seventh after fighting for a podium finish with two laps remaining. Joey Bickers was classified 26th after impressive drivers to make the final including a run from 22nd to 4th in the 10-lap Progression Race.
All four drivers proved competitive among the world’s best and developed critical skills during the trip overseas, despite a steep learning curve which involved new cars, new tires, standing starts, difficult weather conditions, new tracks, and a culture change.
Grab some coffee and jump over to Kart360.com to read my latest feature story on Martijn Koene and Mike Maurini and the formation of an elite karting team: Koene USA. Enjoy.
Read it here: http://kart360.com/features/koene-usa-driven-to-succeed
The Pacific F1600 and F2000 Series wrapped up its season earlier this month with Colton Herta claiming the crown in F1600 — winning 10 of 15 races — and Bob Negron claiming both the Masters and overall title in F2000.
In the F1600 Formula F Championship, it was Team USA driver Jake Eidson who claimed the championship title. Check out an interview with him here. And while you’re at it, make sure to view the third edition of the internet television program for American Formula F racing: F1600 in Focus.
Tim Minor won the F2000 Championship Series and swept the season finale at Summit Point. In sad news, the F2000 community lost Vaughn Horvath in a motorcycle accident. Read a few words from fellow competitor Chris Livengood here. Our condolences go out to the Horvath family.
In a special to The Malibu Times, Ed Kamen wrote a piece on former karter and F2000 racer Miles Maroney. Maroney is currently competing in the sports car ranks.
The USF2000 and Pro Mazda series held their annual awards banquet earlier this month in Florida with Scott Hargrove (USF2000) and Matthew Brabham (Pro Mazda) both earning Mazda Road to Indy scholarships. Check out all the awards here.
The Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test dates were announced earlier this month. The two-day test will feature USF2000, Pro Mazda, and Indy Lights racers carving their way around the Barber Motorsports Park circuit on Dec. 9-10.
Harrison Scott, 17, of the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, was chosen by an expert panel to take part in the December test, lapping both a USF2000 and Pro Mazda car. Scott earned 16 podiums (including one win) in 30 starts to finish second in the 2013 championship.
The fourth annual Winterfest will begin on the 2.75-mile, 16 turn “North” Circuit at the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, La. The 2014 Cooper Tires Winterfest will be held over six days and will feature two tripleheader events for USF2000 (six races) and two doubleheader events for Pro Mazda (four races). For the first time, the schedule will also include four days of open testing for Indy Lights.
I was recently contacted by my friends over at Kart360.com and asked if I’d be interested in contributing some feature articles to their burgeoning site. My response: Of course.
The first feature is a story on Phil Giebler and his karting team Phil Giebler Racing. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and jump over to Kart360.com to read my feature: PGR sets a preeminent example. Enjoy.
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