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By Road to Indy With the eyes of the open-wheel racing world centered on Indianapolis during the month of May, the future stars of the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 gain a spotlight of their own this week as the two junior levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires head to Lucas Oil Raceway for the traditional Dave Steele Carb Night Classic – “The Race Before the 500” – and the Cooper Tires Freedom 90 and Freedom 75. Competitors in the Indy Pro 2000 ChampionshipRead More
By Road to Indy INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The month of May is well and truly under way. After joining their senior brethren from the NTT IndyCar Series during an exciting and well-attended Grand Prix of Indianapolis event on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last weekend, competitors on the two lower rungs of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – today gained what for many was a first-ever tasteRead More
By Road to Indy SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Just one week after celebrating his 20th birthday, Braden Eves extended his string of Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship race wins to four with another accomplished performance in this morning’s USF2000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, fought off a strong challenge in the closing stages from Cape Motorsports teammate Darren Keane, from Boca Raton, Fla., who in turn remained under close scrutiny from Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea. Eves joined an exclusive group to win the opening four races of theRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– The INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is the only two day show on a road course for the NTT IndyCar Series. Two practice sessions and qualifying all in the same day plus Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires action across all three ladder championships means that track activity is constant to kick off the month of May. For the NTT IndyCar Series, the day was full of unpredictability. Spencer Pigot was the only driver in the top three inRead More
By Road to Indy ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Locally based Cape Motorsports maintained its stranglehold on the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship this afternoon by completing a sweep of the opening two rounds on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Following an accomplished victory yesterday by Braden Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, the team which has won the last eight Driver Championships in succession seemed to be moments away from celebrating another first USF2000 victory – this time for Florida racer Darren Keane – when the pole-sitter and race-long leader lostRead More
By Road to Indy SPEEDWAY, Ind. – The Eighth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test concluded this afternoon after two days of intense running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course. Weather conditions once again proved to be important, with the cool overcast of Saturday replaced this morning by a glorious blue sky and significantly warmer temperatures. Lap times, accordingly, weren’t quite as quick in general, although the leaders in all three series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda ChampionshipRead More
By Road to Indy SPEEDWAY, Ind. – A dramatic overnight temperature change brought significantly cooler conditions as the first green flag fell to commence the Eighth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yet the action on-track was as hot as ever with almost three dozen drivers representing no fewer than 15 different nations vying for early bragging rights in preparation for the 2019 Road to Indy season. All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy – Indy LightsRead More
By Road to Indy PALMETTO, Fla. – Less than three weeks after another successful season for the world-renowned Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder wrapped up in Portland, Ore., teams and drivers are already focused on 2019 as the Eighth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test takes place this coming weekend, September 22/23, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course. Almost three dozen drivers representing 15 different nationalities are already signed up for two days of action on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn track in Speedway, Ind., for allRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday has come and gone for the 2018 INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and despite all the on track action being devoted to the Mazda Road to Indy, the Verizon IndyCar Series had some news of its own. Alfonso Celis announced that he would be racing an Indy car for Juncos Racing at Road America. Celis raced at Barber Motorsports Park for Juncos Racing in Indy Lights, finishing seventh and eighth in his two races. Zachary Claman DeRead More
By Road to Indy ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Kyle Kirkwood drove a flawless race this morning to win the Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Allied Building Products for the locally based Cape Motorsports team. Kirkwood, 19, from Jupiter, Fla., the reigning US F4 champion, qualified second behind young Mexican Jose Sierra (DEForce Racing) but took the lead at the first corner and never looked back on his way to an impressive debut victory in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Sierra finished secondRead More