Road to Indy

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The Mazda Road to Indy is a group of developmental racing series launched in 2010 managed by Indy Racing League LLC with the goal being a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series.[1] As part of the program, all series participate in the three disciplines of the IndyCar Series: oval races, permanent road courses, and street circuits. In addition, all series participate in Indy 500 weekend, with the IndyCars and Indy Lights racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the lower series racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on the "Night Before the 500". More importantly to drivers and teams, series champions will receive assistance to ascend to the next rung of the ladder.[2] On December 9, 2010 it was announced that Mazda would become the title sponsor of the program and provide scholarships for series champions to advance to the next rung of the ladder.[3]

Participating series (in order from lowest to highest "rung"):

  1. Rotax Max Challenge
  2. U.S. F2000 National Championship
  3. Pro Mazda Championship (known as "Star Mazda" until the end of the 2012 season)
  4. Firestone Indy Lights
  5. Verizon IndyCar Series

Champions[edit]

IndyCar Series Indy Lights Pro Mazda U.S. F2000
2010 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 2010 France Jean-Karl Vernay 2010 United States Conor Daly 2010 United States Sage Karam
2011 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 2011 United States Josef Newgarden 2011 France Tristan Vautier 2011 Finland Petri Suvanto
2012 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012 France Tristan Vautier 2012 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth 2012 Australia Matthew Brabham
2013 New Zealand Scott Dixon 2013 United States Sage Karam 2013 Australia Matthew Brabham 2013 Canada Scott Hargrove

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mazda Road to Indy". Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Indy Racing League launches "Road to Indy" development system, Racer, December 10, 2009, Retrieved 2010-04-05
  3. ^ Mazda to sponsor Road to Indy program, IndyCar, December 9, 2010, Retrieved 2010-12-09