By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
The 2018 lineups for the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires is beginning to take shape with Sting Ray Robb as the latest confirmed as it was announced he would return to Team Pelfrey.
The Idaho native enjoyed a solid rookie campaign in 2017, finishing sixth in the overall standings with 11 top 10 results, including a career-best of fourth on three separate occasions (St. Petersburg – race two, Road America – race one, Watkins Glen – race one).
A full release from the team can be seen below.
— Team Pelfrey are delighted to confirm that Sting Ray Robb will pilot their first Tatuus PM-18 chassis for the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season. The Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will commence at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 9-11.
“It’s hugely exciting to welcome Sting Ray back to Team Pelfrey,” commented General Manager, Jonny Baker. “I say back, because he tested with us a few years ago in F1600 and we immediately saw how much potential he possessed then. We have had Sting Ray in the new PM-18 for a couple of tests now, and we are convinced he will surprise a lot of people next year. He’s still only 16, and we will work hard together not only to keep developing the car, but also to get the most out of him. We are looking forward to an exciting year!”
With 10 championships, 96 race wins and 206 podiums, Robb secures his sophomore season with one of the most successful junior open-wheel teams in the Mazda Road to Indy. The Payette, Idaho native will the pilot the No. 82 Trademark Dental, Munk Family Dental, Intervention.com / Team Pelfrey Mazda.
“After my rookie season in Pro Mazda, Team Pelfrey is the proper progression for me to take advantage of the Mazda Road to Indy in my sophomore season,” stated Robb.
“As a team, we are well underway with the new car and the chemistry within the Pelfrey organization is fantastic. When I was transitioning into cars at age 14, Pelfrey was instrumental in helping me with my decision to go open-wheel racing. We did our homework this off season and Pelfrey was the perfect fit. We have some work to do, but no doubt 2018 is going to be great year! I look forward to driving that Pelfrey Power and rewarding the team that has put their trust in me.”
Team Pelfrey will continue to release their 2018 driver line-ups as the off-season progresses. Visit PelfreyPower.com for more information or follow @TeamPelfrey on social media.