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Jones Leads the Way as Indy Lights Heads to Long Beach

Eight Mazda Road to Indy Competitors Prepare for Long Beach Debuts

PALMETTO, Fla. – Briton Ed Jones and his Carlin team made a sensational North American debut three weeks ago by winning back-to-back races on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. This weekend they have an opportunity to continue that streak on the opposite coast when Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the top tier on the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder, heads for the famed streets of Long Beach, Calif., for the Grand Prix of Long Beach Presented by Allied Building Products.

This year will mark the 20th time Indy Lights has visited the downtown streets, but the first time with the new-for-2015 Dallara IL-15 chassis and turbocharged 2.0-liter Mazda MZR-R engines. The state-of-the-art technical package has drawn rave reviews from everyone who has driven it and is sure to provide some thrilling action on the 1.968-mile circuit.

Jones, 20, a winner previously in the 2013 European F3 Open series, will make the trip as a clear championship leader following his emphatic performance in Florida. Teammate Max Chilton, who has raced in Formula 1 the last two seasons, also is expected to be a serious challenger. Chilton, who, like all of the other contenders, is looking toward a future in the Verizon IndyCar Series, was fast at St. Petersburg.

Other contenders will include a variety of Indy Lights veterans and rookies. Those with prior experience on the track include Jack Harvey (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian), who finished fourth in 2014 on his way to second in the championship, and Matthew Brabham. The third-generation racer will drive for Andretti Autosport with local support from The Stellrecht Company, a family-owned building corporation, and is looking to improve on his third-place finish one year ago. His father, Geoff Brabham, scored two Formula Atlantic victories on the Long Beach streets and twice finished on the podium in IndyCar events in the 1980s.

In addition to the Carlin pair, a strong rookie contingent includes the Juncos Racing duo, Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser, plus Belardi Auto Racing’s Felix Serralles, Schmidt Peterson’s RC Enerson and Shelby Blackstock of Andretti Autosport.

Pigot, in particular, has high hopes after stepping up to Indy Lights on the heels of victory in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and with a MAZDASPEED scholarship in his pocket. Pigot, who finished third in the first two races of the season, also will have a strong contingent of supporters on hand from Torrance, Calif.-based Doug Mockett & Company.

The first practice session for Indy Lights will take place at 1:30 pm PT on Friday, April 17, followed by a second half-hour period at 9:15 am on Saturday and then qualifying later in the afternoon at 12:55 pm. The green flag for the Grand Prix of Long Beach Presented by Allied Building Products will fly at 8:45 am on Sunday, April 18.

The race will feature same-day coverage on NBCSN at 3:00 pm ET. Live timing and commentary for all sessions will be available on the new Mazda Road to Indy App and at indylights.com.

Grand Prix of Long Beach Presented by Allied Building Products
Streets of Long Beach, California – April 17-19 – Rounds 3
1.968-mile, 12-turn street circuit
Track Records:
Qualifying – Carlos Munoz 1:12.9374 = 97.135 mph April 20, 2013
Race – Conor Daly 1:13.8995 = 95.871 mph April 17, 2011

No. Driver Hometown Residence Team Entry
1. 4 Felix Serralles (R) Ponce, Puerto Rico Atlanta, GA Belardi Auto Racing TBA
2. 5 Juan Piedrahita Bogota, Colombia Indianapolis, IN Belardi Auto Racing Petrosur/Marca Colombia/Coldeportes/FCAD
3. 7 RC Enerson (R) New Port Richey, FL New Port Richey, FL Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Lucas Oil/Curb Records w/Curb-Agajanian
4. 11 Ed Jones (R) Dubai, UAE Dubai, UAE Carlin Toys for Boys Miami/United Rivers
5. 12 Spencer Pigot (R) Orlando, FL Indianapolis, IN Juncos Racing Mazda/Doug Mockett & Company/Rising Star Racing/The Stutz/BAD/OMP
6. 14 Max Chilton (R) Reigate, Surrey, England Reigate, Surrey, England Carlin BlippAR
7. 18 Kyle Kaiser (R) Santa Clara, CA Santa Clara, CA Juncos Racing InterVision/NetApp/Juniper Networks
8. 42 Jack Harvey Lincoln, England Lincoln, England Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Racing Steps Foundation/Curb Records w/Curb-Agajanian
9. 51 Shelby Blackstock (R) Nashville, TN Cornelius, NC Andretti Autosport Starstruck
10. 71 Ethan Ringel (R) Mineola, NY Orlando, FL Schmidt Peterson Motorsports FamilyArtPrinting.com w/Curb-Agajanian
11. 77 Scott Anderson Fort Collins, CO Fort Collins, CO Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Anderson Podiatry Centers/Laser Therapy,2 w/Curb-Agajanian Surgery and Neuropathy/Curb Records
12. 83 Matthew Brabham Boca Raton, FL Indianapolis, IN Andretti Autosport Stellrecht Company

Entry List As of April 14, 2015

Jones and Carlin Sweep Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

English Newcomers Shine on Mazda Road to Indy Debut

St. Petersburg, Fla. – United Arab Emirates-based Englishman Ed Jones continued this afternoon where he left off yesterday by dominating Race Two of the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline. The rookie made an exemplary start from the pole for the Carlin team and led throughout the 45-lap race to maintain his unbeaten record in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Fellow Briton Jack Harvey chased gamely in second place for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian, while Floridian Spencer Pigot, who has moved up to Indy Lights after winning last year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and a MAZDASPEED scholarship prize, finished third to complete a strong first weekend on the top rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for himself and Juncos Racing by holding off race-long pressure from Max Chilton (Carlin).

A large crowd and perfect weather conditions greeted the Indy Lights field for their feature race of the weekend, which was interrupted by just a very brief caution period after the Schmidt Peterson car of local driver RC Enerson, from New Port Richey, Fla., disappointingly ground to a halt after four laps.

For the first 20 laps, Jones had to contend with persistent pressure from Harvey, who must be tired of finishing second after losing the 2014 championship to Gabby Chaves on a tie-break and then claiming second again on Saturday. Jones then posted what was to stand as the fastest lap of the race, a 1:06.866, on Lap 21, and never looked back. His eventual margin of victory was a commanding 9.0708 seconds.

The battle for the final podium position was rather more entertaining. Pigot made another stellar getaway, this time from fifth on the grid, to move into third on the first lap, earning himself the Replay XD Move of the Race Award, while Chilton went in the opposite direction, falling from second to fourth. The Englishman spent the remainder of the race trying to redress the balance. He did manage to sneak past Pigot once, under braking for Turn One just four laps from the end, only for Pigot to execute a perfect over-under maneuver and reclaim the place, which he held to the end.

Kyle Kaiser drove another sensible race in a second Juncos Racing Dallara-Mazda to secure fifth ahead of a titanic battle between former USF2000 champions Scott Hargrove (8Star Motorsports) and Matthew Brabham (Andretti Autosport). Hargrove was obliged to defend stoutly in the closing stages, and while Brabham briefly found a way through in Turn One, he, like Chilton, was unable to make the pass stick. A frustrated Brabham had to settle for seventh.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field will return for more street course action in Long Beach, Calif., on April 19.

Ed Jones (#11 Toys for Boys Miami/United Rivers-Carlin): “The car was great throughout the race. It was the longest race I’ve ever done but it felt quicker than yesterday’s race somehow. I just had to focus, keep pushing and not make any mistakes. What won the race for us was consistency, making sure I took care of the tires. But it’s all come down to the hard work and dedication the team and I have done through the past few months. The preparation for this race was massive; we did so much work so that when we got out on the track, we would be fast straightaway. I studied older on-boards, YouTube videos, made my own notes and visualized the track so that when I got here, it was almost like I’d driven it a hundred times. But it is a different kind of race for me, to be on a street circuit with concrete walls all around!”

Carlin Teammates Jones, Chilton Lead the Way with New Indy Lights Dallara IL-15

All Three Levels of the Mazda Road to Indy See Action on the St. Petersburg Streets

St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 27) – Ed Jones and Max Chilton led the way for European powerhouse open-wheel team Carlin as the Dallara IL-15 and turbocharged 2.0-liter Mazda MZR-R engines made their official track debut today with a pair of practice sessions for this weekend’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season-opening Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline.

Jones was fastest in this morning’s opening practice session with a time of 1:07.1401 (average speed 96.515 mph), which was already faster than the existing race lap record of 1:07.2141 set by Sebastian Saavedra in 2009. A heavy rain shower precluded any activity in the scheduled afternoon session, so Jones’ morning time remained as the fastest.

“The car is great to drive, especially through some of the fast corners,” said Jones. “It’s been a great experience. Carlin has done a very good job with the setup of the car. Obviously, it was a guessing game this morning, since we haven’t been to this track before and so many of the other teams have. And it’s been a matter of building myself up; I struggled a bit at the beginning of the session but it got better and better. I’m really looking forward to the dry weather and finally racing the car.”

Carlin teammate Max Chilton, who raced for the past two years in Formula 1 and is helping the team with its initial foray to North America – with eyes fixed firmly on the Verizon IndyCar Series in the future – set the second fastest time at 1:07.4733.

“It’s a very good stepping stone into IndyCar and I hope I’ll get to drive an Indy car one day,” said Chilton. “It’s been a successful, albeit short day for us, as I was P1 for much of the session until Ed pipped me at the end. We’ve been at the top of the charts at most of the tests. The hard work starts tomorrow by getting a good qualifying position for the race, since it’s not particularly easy to overtake on a street circuit. I think either of us can go for the win but I’m going to try my hardest to get that.”

Fellow series newcomers Scott Hargrove, from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and his Florida-based 8Star Motorsports team, turned the third fastest time at 1:07.5363, followed by Colombian Juan Piedrahita, who has joined defending champion team Belardi Auto Racing for his sophomore Indy Lights season and Matthew Brabham, with Andretti Autosport. Brabham, who became the first driver to win consecutive MAZDASPEED scholarships after winning the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2012 and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2013, finished fourth in his rookie season of Indy Lights in 2014.

“The Dallara IL-15 really is a fantastic car to drive,” said Hargrove. “It was a great start to the weekend to finish P3 this morning. The 8Star car was phenomenal right out of the gate. For me to be P3 not having tested since January is a great start. I’ve raced in St. Pete for four years now and each year it gets bigger and better.”

The Indy Lights cars will return to the track for qualifying tomorrow morning, March 28, at 9:30 am ET. The green flag for the first of two races will fly at 2:25 pm.

French Pair Buret and Latorre Fastest in Pro Mazda
French rookie drivers Timothe Buret and Florian Latorre topped the timing charts today during practice for the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which will comprise the first two rounds of the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

Buret, 19, from Montpellier, France, was fastest in this morning’s opening practice session with a time of 1:12.6605 (89.182 mph) on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn downtown street circuit, driving for defending champion team Juncos Racing. Californian Neil Alberico (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing), who finished third in the 2014 title-chase, was just 0.1339s slower, followed by Malaysian Weiron Tan (Andretti Autosport) and Canadian Garett Grist (Juncos Racing).

This afternoon’s second half-hour session was held on a damp track, so times were slightly slower. Latorre, who won last year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, as well as a MAZDASPEED scholarship to graduate into Pro Mazda, led the way with a 1:13.6933 lap in a second Cape Motorsports entry, followed by Englishman Raoul Owens (JDC MotorSports) and Canadian Dalton Kellett (Andretti Autosport).

Qualifying for the first of two Pro Mazda races will take place tomorrow morning at 8:45 am ET, followed by the first race at 1:30 pm ET.

Jake Eidson Heads the USF2000 Time Charts for Pabst Racing
Americans Jake Eidson and Aaron Telitz led the way after two practice sessions for the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which will constitute the opening two rounds of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Eidson, 19, who splits his time between Littleton, Colo., and Destin, Fla., was fastest in both sessions for Pabst Racing, turning a best lap of 1:14.9865 (86.416 mph) in the afternoon session which was interrupted by a rain shower.

Aaron Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., was just over a tenth of a second slower for St. Petersburg-based Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.

USF2000 cars will begin the track activities tomorrow (Saturday, March 28) with a half-hour qualifying session starting at 8:00 am. The first race will start a little later in the morning at 10:15.

Mazda Road to Indy App Launches at Season-Opener

PALMETTO, Fla. – On the verge of the 2015 INDYCAR season-opening races on the streets of St. Petersburg this week, Mazda Road to Indy TV today rolled out the “Official App” for the three series comprising the ladder system to the Verizon IndyCar Series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Available as a free download at the App Store (iPhones) and Google Play (Android) for mobile phones and tablets, the Mazda Road to Indy App (listed under Road To Indy TV) will feature “one stop shopping” for fans with live timing, live track feed commentary from Rob Howden – voice of the Mazda Road to Indy (@RobHowden), social media, on-board videos, photos, episodes of RoadToIndy.TV – which takes viewers behind-the-scenes and will unveil a new programming format in 2015 – and more including an interactive race schedule which sends notifications when a race is starting.

“We are thrilled to unveil the Mazda Road to Indy app and give fans a new type of access to our series,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “It is a great complement to the Cooper Tires Hashtag Campaign [#TeamCooperTire and #MRTI] which helps our drivers tell their story, while connecting to and rewarding fans. Our goal is to assist our teams and drivers in gaining as much exposure as possible as they make their way up the ladder, and the new App and RoadToIndy.TV shows are great ways to showcase the talent in our series.”

The app was created by the Road to Indy TV team with JP Manterola, Creative Director, heading the project. Along with its current features, the app will continue to be developed with Cooper Tires throughout the season with additional features such as driver highlights and team profiles.

“Our goal was to give fans unlimited free access to follow the Mazda Road to Indy,” said Manterola. “It was a logical step to develop a Mobile App for easy access to our series no matter where you are located. Before you had to do everything from your laptop on different tabs. Now, it’s simple. You click a button on your mobile phone and have all the information you want to support your favorite drivers, teams and the series itself.”

All three ladder series will be in action this weekend at St. Petersburg with double-header rounds in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series on March 28/29.

New Indy Lights Car Debut Highlights Mazda Road to Indy Openers at St. Petersburg

PALMETTO, Fla. – The future stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will display their talents this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., as all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder will commence their 2015 seasons. The race weekend also will mark the debut of the exciting new Dallara IL-15, powered by a 450 HP, 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R engine, heralding the dawn of a new era for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

The Mazda Road to Indy is unique in the world of auto racing, offering scholarships at every stage to assist talented drivers in their progression from karting and the grassroots of the sport through the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires as they aspire to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.

Competitors in all three series will contest a pair of races on the challenging 1.8-mile, downtown street circuit. As part of the learning experience, drivers will benefit from a Mazda Road to Indy “Summit” on Thursday before the start of on-track activities, which will include a media training seminar hosted by veteran broadcaster Bob Varsha.

Englishman Harvey Leads Strong Field into a New Era of Indy Lights
As the final step on the ladder toward the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in North America, Indy Lights can trace its roots back to 1986 and the launch of what was originally called the American Racing Series. Former series champions Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Cristiano da Matta and Scott Dixon have all gone on to win IndyCar titles, and three of the past four champions – Josef Newgarden (2011), Sage Karam (2013) and Gabby Chaves (2014) – have their sights set firmly on emulating that feat as they take to the grid for this weekend’s IndyCar season-opener.

The Mazda-powered new Dallara IL-15 has drawn excellent reviews during its development process and off-season testing, and has attracted a high-quality entry from around the world for its official race debut at the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline. The weekend will comprise a 40-minute “sprint” race starting at 2:25 pm ET on Saturday, March 28, and a 60-minute “feature” for which the green flag will fly at 11:45 am on Sunday, March 29.

Englishman Jack Harvey will start as one of the preseason favorites after finishing tied on points with last year’s champion, Chaves, in his rookie campaign in North America. Harvey only lost the title on a count-back of second-place finishes. The former British Formula 3 champion will remain with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian which has won four of the last five Indy Lights crowns.

Opposition will stem from multiple sources, including series veteran Matthew Brabham, the winner of consecutive USF2000 and Pro Mazda championship crowns in 2012 and 2013, with Andretti Autosport, and Briton Max Chilton, who has raced in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship the past two years and is looking to assist European open-wheel powerhouse team Carlin in its preparations for a future assault on the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Carlin teammate and 2013 European F3 Open champion Ed Jones also has shone in preseason testing, as have 2014 Pro Mazda champion Spencer Pigot, from Orlando, Fla., Juncos Racing teammate Kyle Kaiser and 2013 USF2000 champion Scott Hargrove, who finished a close second to Pigot in the 2014 Pro Mazda title-chase and has joined accomplished sports car team 8Star Motorsports. Potential front-runners also include 18-year-old RC Enerson (Schmidt Peterson), from nearby New Port Richey, Fla., who took second in the 2014 USF2000 championship, winning a series-high five races, including one in St. Petersburg, USF2000 and Pro Mazda veteran Shelby Blackstock (Andretti Autosport) and Puerto Rico’s Felix Serralles, who has returned to North America after a successful foray in Europe to join defending champion team Belardi Auto Racing.

In addition to live timing and commentary on the series website – indylights.com – the race will be carried live on the IMS Radio Network to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR app from Verizon. Practice and qualifying will also be streamed on the INDYCAR YouTube channel www.youtube.com/indycar and RaceControl.IndyCar.com. The race will air on NBCSN on Sunday, April 5 at 4:30 pm ET. Behind-the-scenes action on all three series can be found at RoadToIndy.TV.

Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline Entry List
Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida – March 27-29 – Rounds 1/2 As of March 20, 2015
1.8-mile 14-turn street circuit

Track Records:
Qualifying – J.K. Vernay 1:06.3497 = 97.664 mph March 27, 2010
Race – Sebastian Saavedra 1:07.2141 = 96.408 mph April 5, 2009

No. Driver Hometown Residence Team Entry
1. 4 Felix Serralles (R) Ponce, Puerto Rico Atlanta, GA Belardi Auto Racing TBA
2. 5 Juan Piedrahita Bogota, Colombia Indianapolis, IN Belardi Auto Racing Petrosur/Marca Colombia/Coldeportes/FCAD
3. 7 RC Enerson (R) New Port Richey, FL New Port Richey, FL Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Lucas Oil/Curb Records w/Curb-Agajanian
4. 8 Scott Hargrove (R) Vancouver, BC, Canada Surrey, BC, Canada 8Star Motorsports BC Pit Crew
5. 11 Ed Jones (R) Dubai, UAE Dubai, UAE Carlin Toys for Boys Miami/United Rivers
6. 12 Spencer Pigot (R) Orlando, FL Indianapolis, IN Juncos Racing Mazda/Doug Mockett & Company/Rising Star Racing/The Stutz/BAD/OMP
7. 14 Max Chilton (R) Reigate, Surrey, England Reigate, Surrey, England Carlin BlippAR
8. 18 Kyle Kaiser (R) Santa Clara, CA Santa Clara, CA Juncos Racing InterVision/NetApp/Juniper Networks
9. 42 Jack Harvey Lincoln, England Lincoln, England Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Racing Steps Foundation/Curb Records w/Curb-Agajanian
10. 51 Shelby Blackstock (R) Nashville, TN Cornelius, NC Andretti Autosport Starstruck
11. 71 Ethan Ringel (R) Mineola, NY Orlando, FL Schmidt Peterson Motorsports FamilyArtPrinting.com w/Curb-Agajanian
12. 77 Scott Anderson Fort Collins, CO Fort Collins, CO Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Anderson Podiatry Centers/Laser Therapy, w/Curb-Agajanian Surgery and Neuropathy/Curb Records
13. 83 Matthew Brabham Boca Raton, FL Indianapolis, IN Andretti Autosport Mazda

Local Teams Highlight Pro Mazda Field
An impressive mix of accomplished veterans and impressive rookies characterize a strong 18-car entry for this weekend’s pair of Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires races which will comprise the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Local race fans will have plenty of favorites from which to choose, with two of the more prominent teams, Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing and Team Pelfrey, based within a few miles of the downtown street circuit.

St. Petersburg-based Cape Motorsports, run by brothers Dominic and Nicholas Cape, will field three cars for Californian Neil Alberico, who recorded four podium finishes en route to third place in the championship standings during his rookie campaign in 2014; Frenchman Florian Latorre, who is stepping up to Pro Mazda after winning last year’s USF2000 championship and claiming a MAZDASPEED Driver Development Scholarship; and Canadian Daniel Burkett, who dominated the 2014 Atlantic Championship Series in addition to earning several top-five finishes in USF2000.

Team Pelfrey will make the short trip from its base in Palmetto with a pair of cars for Mexico’s Patricio “Pato” O’Ward and Uruguay’s Santiago “Santi” Urrutia. O’Ward is the youngest driver in the field at age 15 but impressed last year by winning a round of the French F4 Championship during a partial campaign, then proving fastest of all in a Mazda Road to Indy test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Other potent protagonists will include Juncos Racing, Andretti Autosport and JDC MotorSports. The lineup for last year’s championship-winning team, Juncos Racing, will include 2014 race winners Garett Grist, from Grimsby, Ont., Canada and Jose Gutierrez, from Monterrey, Mexico, as well as promising rookies Will Owen, from Castle Rock, Colo., a USF2000 race winner last year, and Frenchman Timothé Buret. The Andretti Autosport challenge will stem from Malaysian Weiron Tan, who recently won two Cooper Tires Winterfest preseason races, and Canadian Dalton Kellett, while JDC’s stable will include Kyle Connery, from Vero Beach, Fla., Englishman Raoul Owens and the inspirational Michael Johnson, 22, from Flint, Mich., who drives a car equipped with hand controls after being paralyzed following a motorcycle racing accident at age 12.

The first of two races for the Allied Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will start at 1:30 pm ET on Saturday. The green flag for Race Two will fly at 9:50 am on Sunday, March 29. Live timing and commentary for all sessions will be available at promazda.com.

Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Entry List
Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida – March 27-29 – Rounds 1/2 As of March 24, 2015
1.8-mile 14-turn street circuit
Track Records:
Qualifying – Conor Daly 1:10.352 = 92.108 mph March 27, 2010
Race – Jack Hawksworth 1:11.439 = 90.707 mph March 24, 2012
No. Driver Hometown Residence Team Sponsors
1. 2 Daniel Burkett (R) Winnipeg, Man., Canada Winnipeg, Man., Canada Cape Motorsports w/WTR Granite Financial Group Inc.
2. 3 Neil Alberico Los Gatos, CA Redlands, CA Cape Motorsports w/WTR Rising Star Racing/Mobe
3. 5 Garett Grist Grimsby, Ont., Canada Grimsby, Ont., Canada Juncos Racing Lander Property Management
4. 6 Timothé Buret (R) Montpellier, France Indianapolis, IN Juncos Racing Broadsign/TRAXX.FM/Driving Koncept
5. 7 Jose Gutierrez Monterrey, Mexico Monterrey, Mexico Juncos Racing Prisma
6. 10 Florian Latorre (R) Libourne, France Auriolles, France Cape Motorsports w/WTR MazdaMotorsports.com/AcSent du Sud-Ouest/ COGNY/LATORRE Menuiserie/VISEZ/K1
7. 13 Bobby Eberle* Chicago, IL Houston, TX World Speed Motorsports GOPUSA.com
8. 14 Alessandro Latif (R) London, England London, England World Speed Motorsports Corthay
9. 19 Raoul Owens (R) Pembrey, England Boston, MA JDC MotorSports Brightspark Ventures
10. 22 Weiron Tan (R) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Houston, TX Andretti Autosport Weiron Tan Andretti Autosport
11. 23 Will Owen (R) Plano, TX Castle Rock, CO Juncos Racing AMR
12. 26 Parker Nicklin (R) Las Vegas, NV Indianapolis, IN JDC MotorSports Just Let It Ring/Nicklin Property Management/ OMG Media Solutions
13. 28 Dalton Kellett Toronto, Ont., Canada Indianapolis, IN Andretti Autosport K-Line Insulators USA, Inc.
14. 37 Jay Horak Wausau, WI Mesa, AZ M1 Racing AutoEnginuity
15. 54 Michael Johnson Flint, MI Flint, MI JDC MotorSports Universal Coating Inc./BraunAbility
16. 81 Santiago Urrutia (R) Miguelete, Uruguay Miguelete, Uruguay Team Pelfrey Ancap/BSE/Antel/Corporacion de Maquinaria/AgroLavalle/Fadisol
17. 82 Pato O’Ward (R) Monterrey, Mexico San Antonio, TX Team Pelfrey Octane Energy Drink
18. 91 Kyle Connery Stuart, FL Vero Beach, FL JDC MotorSports Hi-Tide Boat Lifts/Connery Concrete
*Expert Class
R = Series Rookie

Representatives from 10 Nations and Six States Among Global USF2000 Entry
The international appeal of the Mazda Road to Indy is exemplified by the entry list for the first two races of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season as drivers from six different states and no fewer than 10 nationalities will battle for honors at the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Picking the likely winners is no easy task, although leading contenders will surely include a pair of talented young Americans, Jake Eidson and Aaron Telitz, along with Frenchman Nico Jamin and Brazilian Victor Franzoni.

Jamin, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of countryman Florian Latorre by winning a MAZDASPEED Scholarship and an opportunity to graduate to Pro Mazda in 2016, has already laid out his credentials by winning the recent five-race Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest. The 19-year-old from Rouen, France, is hoping to buck the trend and become the first driver in the five-year history of the Winterfest also to take top honors in the “regular season” championship. His team, Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, is seeking to extend its remarkable streak of four consecutive championships with Petri Suvanto (2011), Matthew Brabham (2012), Scott Hargrove (2013) and Florian Latorre (2014).

Jamin will be joined at the St. Petersburg-based team by Wisconsin native Telitz, who claimed USF2000 Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.

Eidson, who finished third in USF2000 points during his rookie season, and Franzoni also enjoyed success at the Winterfest. Eidson, from Littleton, Colo., won twice for Pabst Racing and only lost the title due to an obscure mechanical failure in the final race, while Franzoni, who placed fifth in the 2014 title-chase, also notched two wins for Afterburner Autosport.

Other young chargers include Jordan Lloyd, who hails from the same small town in Queensland, Australia, as defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, and countryman Anthony Martin, who will both drive for the team run by veteran IndyCar crew chief/team manager John Cummiskey. Another youngster from Western Australia, Luke Gabin, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on Friday, will carry the distinctive Soul Red MAZDASPEED scholarship livery on his Team Pelfrey Van Diemen-Mazda as a result of winning last year’s Skip Barber Racing Championship Shootout.

Gabin is joined at the Palmetto, Fla.-based Team Pelfrey by Norwegian Ayla Agren, who displayed her speed by winning last year’s F1600 Championship Series, Los Angeles-based Russian Nikita Lastochkin and Mechanicsburg, Pa.’s Garth Rickards. All three have graduated together with Team Pelfrey into USF2000, while the fourth member of that F1600 team, Arizona’s Augie Lerch, also graduates into USF2000 with another Palmetto-based team, JAY Motorsports.

Karting standout Parker Thompson (JDC MotorSports), from Red Deer, Alb., Canada – a protégé of 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice – and the youngest driver in the field, second-year racer and Naples resident Keyvan Andres Soori, from Cologne, Germany, who only celebrated his 15th birthday a couple of weeks ago, also will be worth watching.

The first of two races at the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place at 10:15 am ET on Saturday, March 27, with Race Two at 8:55 am on Sunday, March 29. Live timing and commentary for all sessions will be available at usf2000.com.

Cooper Tires Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Entry List
Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida – March 27-29 – Rounds 1/2 As of March 8, 2015
1.8-mile 14-turn street circuit
Track Records:
Qualifying – Spencer Pigot 1:13.284 = 88.423 mph March 23, 2012
Race – Matthew Brabham 1:13.064 = 88.689 mph March 24, 2012
No. Driver Hometown Residence Team Sponsors
1. 2 Nico Jamin Rouen, France Coconut Creek, FL Cape Motorsports w/WTR Synova Automotive Eco-Plastics
2. 3 Aaron Telitz Rice Lake, WI Birchwood, WI Cape Motorsports w/WTR Rice Lake Weighing Systems
3. 5 Keyvan Andres Soori Cologne, Germany Miami, FL ArmsUp Motorsports TBA
4. 6 Max Hanratty (R) Hartland, WI Milwaukee, WI ArmsUp Motorsports Juniper Networks/SynerComm Inc.
5. 12 Augie Lerch (R) Tucson, AZ Tucson, AZ JAY Motorsports Shashi/PJ’s Performance/Hi Speed Customs and Rods
6. 16 James Dayson Vancouver, BC, Canada Vancouver, BC, Canada ArmsUp Motorsports Dayhu Group of Companies/AXIUM Capital/Elite Performance
7. 17 Victor Franzoni Sao Paulo, Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil Afterburner Autosport Novac Sports/XYZ Talents/E-QUAL
8. 22 Jake Eidson Memphis, TN Destin, FL Pabst Racing OMP/Bell Helmets/1st Bank/SafeisFast/Team USA Scholarship
9. 23 Yufeng Luo (R) Beijing, China Los Angeles, CA Pabst Racing TBA
10. 33 Anthony Martin (R) Kalgoorlie, Australia Indianapolis, IN John Cummiskey Racing Burgess BLA
11. 61 Andrew List Rogers, MN Rogers, MN D2D Motorsports D2D Motorsports
12. 79 Santiago Lozano Bogota, Colombia Miami, FL M2 Autosport TBA
13. 80 Parker Thompson (R) Red Deer, Alb., Canada Red Deer, Alb., Canada JDC MotorSports Bell Helmets/OMP/Parker Thompson: Drive to Stay Alive
14. 81 Ayla Agren (R) Oslo, Norway St. Petersburg, FL Team Pelfrey Energima/BVR/Alt I Asfalt/Salming Hockey/ KNA/CoForce/WSF
15. 82 Luke Gabin (R) Perth, Australia Indianapolis, IN Team Pelfrey MAZDASPEED/Skip Barber/Mandurah Panel and Paint/Colbyson
16. 83 Garth Rickards (R) Mechanicsburg, PA Mechanicsburg, PA Team Pelfrey Rahal Automotive Group
17. 84 Nikita Lastochkin (R) Moscow, Russia Los Angeles, CA Team Pelfrey Russkaya Mekhanika
18. 94 Jordan Lloyd (R) Toowoomba, Australia Toowoomba, Australia John Cummiskey Racing TBA
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