By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer
Mazda announced today that the automaker will conclude their involvement in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
After announcing their involvement on the Road to Indy in late 2010, Mazda has handed out over $12 million in scholarships to drivers advancing their careers in motorsports, including Spencer Pigot (twice), Josef Newgarden, Kyle Kaiser, Oliver Askew (twice) and Victor Franzoni.
This announcement comes at a critical time for the Road to Indy. The top two steps on the ladder have only three races left this year while the bottom step has two races left on Labor Day weekend in Portland. The season is coming to a close quickly and the 2019 season starts in March. A new title sponsor search is under way.
Below is a statement from Dan Andersen, owner of Andersen Promotions, the operator of the Road to Indy.