2014 Pro Mazda Championship season

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2014 Pro Mazda season
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The 2014 Pro Mazda Championship season is the 16th season in series history.

The second season of Andersen Promotions' management of the series saw increased car counts with 20 or more cars in many races and 13 drivers competing in all 14 races compared to 2013's nine.

American Spencer Pigot won the title over Canadian Scott Hargrove in the final race weekend at Sonoma Raceway in controversial fashion. In the first race of the weekend, the two made contact on the fourth lap of the race with Pigot leading. Pigot's race was over while Hargrove went on to finish third. In the second race, Neil Alberico, Hargrove's teammate, made contact with Pigot on the first lap, although both were able to continue. On lap 12, Pigot's teammate Kyle Kaiser's car stopped on track bringing out a caution flag, allowing Pigot, who was running sixth at the time, to close up behind the leaders. After the restart, Hargrove, who was leading, began to experience mechanical trouble, and as he fell back to Pigot, made a move that forced Pigot to swerve around him. Hargrove's race was done while Pigot finished fifth and captured the title by 11 points. Pigot captured six race wins in the fourteen races, including the first four races of the season. With the championship Pigot won a Road to Indy scholarship to compete in Indy Lights in 2015.

Alberico finished third in points without a race win. Andretti Autosport's top challenger, Shelby Blackstock finished fourth in the championship, also without a win. Brazilian Nicolas Costa captured one win and finished fifth in points. Other race winners were Kaiser, Jose Guttierez, who won the wild Sonoma race 2, and Garrett Grist who captured two wins but was inconsistent.

American Bobby Eberle captured the Expert Class championship for drivers over 35 years old largely by virtue of entering the most races among such entrants.

Drivers and teams[edit]

All teams are American-registered.

Team No. Drivers Notes
Andretti Autosport[1] 27 Canada Garett Grist[2]
28 United States Shelby Blackstock[2]
Cape Motorsports
w/ Wayne Taylor Racing
2 United States Neil Alberico[3]
3 Canada Scott Hargrove[2]
HAVOC Motorsport 21 United States Brian Lift Mid-Ohio only
JDC Motorsports 11 Italy Vicky Piria[2] St. Pete & Barber only
19 United States Ryan Booth[2]
54 United States Michael Johnson[4]
91 United States Kyle Connery[2] Skipped LOR, Houston & Sonoma
United States Clark Toppe Houston only
Juncos Racing 5 Mexico Jose Gutierrez[5]
6 Argentina Julia Ballario[6]
7 United States Spencer Pigot[7]
18 United States Kyle Kaiser[8]
M1 Racing 9 Brazil Felipe Donato Houston, Mid-Ohio & Sonoma only
23 Puerto Rico Carlos Conde Mid-Ohio & Sonoma only
26 United States Parker Nicklin Sonoma only
29 United States Jason Rabe IMS only
37 United States Jay Horak[2] St. Pete through IMS, Mid-Ohio
62 Jamaica Jason Bedasse[9] St. Pete only
99 Brazil Nicolas Costa[2] St. Pete through IMS
Team Pelfrey 80 Canada Dalton Kellett[10]
81 Brazil Pipo Derani[11] St. Pete through IMS
Norway Anders Krohn LOR only
United Kingdom Jack Aitken Sonoma only
United States Brandon Newey[2] Mid-Ohio only
82 St. Pete through IMS
Brazil Nicolas Costa Houston onwards
99 LOR only
World Speed Motorsports 8 United States Stan Kohls Sonoma only
13 United States Bobby Eberle[2] Skipped LOR & Milwaukee
14 United States Jeff Harrison Barber & Houston only
16 Philippines Michele Bumgarner[2] Skipped Mid-Ohio & Milwaukee
34 United States Joey Bickers Sonoma only
61 United States Alex Keyes Sonoma only

Race calendar and results[edit]

The series schedule, along with the other Road to Indy series, was announced on October 24, 2013. Unlike previous seasons, all races were in support of the IndyCar Series except the race at Lucas Oil Raceway. All road and street course race weekends were double-headers.[12] All races were held in the United States.

Rnd Circuit Location Date Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team
1 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida March 29 United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
2 March 30 United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
3 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama April 26 United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
4 April 27 Canada Scott Hargrove United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
5 Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Speedway, Indiana May 9 United States Spencer Pigot Canada Scott Hargrove United States Neil Alberico Canada Scott Hargrove Cape Motorsports
6 May 10 United States Spencer Pigot Canada Scott Hargrove Canada Scott Hargrove Canada Scott Hargrove Cape Motorsports
7 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Clermont, Indiana May 24 Canada Garett Grist United States Spencer Pigot Canada Garett Grist Canada Garett Grist Andretti Autosport
8 Reliant Park Houston, Texas June 28 Canada Garett Grist United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot Canada Scott Hargrove Cape Motorsports
9 June 29 Canada Garett Grist United States Neil Alberico United States Spencer Pigot United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
10 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio August 2 Brazil Nicolas Costa United States Neil Alberico Brazil Nicolas Costa Brazil Nicolas Costa Team Pelfrey
11 August 3 Brazil Nicolas Costa Brazil Nicolas Costa Canada Garett Grist Canada Garett Grist Andretti Autosport
12 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin August 16 Mexico José Gutiérrez Canada Scott Hargrove Canada Scott Hargrove
United States Spencer Pigot
United States Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
13 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, California August 22 Canada Scott Hargrove United States Spencer Pigot United States Kyle Kaiser United States Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing
14 August 23 Canada Scott Hargrove Canada Scott Hargrove Canada Scott Hargrove Mexico José Gutiérrez Juncos Racing

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' championships[edit]

Pos Driver STP BAR IMS LOR HOU MOH MIL SON Points
Overall
1 United States Spencer Pigot 1* 1* 1* 1* 8 8 3 9* 1* 4 6 1* 21 5 309
2 Canada Scott Hargrove 3 5 2 2 1 1* 2 1 16 6 3 2* 3 18 299
3 United States Neil Alberico 6 6 4 6 3* 2 6 17 2 7 5 4 2 12 239
4 United States Shelby Blackstock 10 4 5 3 2 17 7 5 3 3 19 3 5 3 235
5 Brazil Nicolas Costa 8 16 19 8 15 16 4 2 5 1* 2 5 4 2 224
6 United States Kyle Kaiser 2 2 3 5 13 5 8 8 15 12 7 10 1 DSQ 211
7 Mexico José Gutiérrez 20 9 9 9 7 3 9 7 8 5 4 9 11 1 201
8 Canada Garett Grist 17 17 8 7 6 4 1* 6 9 9 1* 12 15 9 199
9 United States Ryan Booth 7 8 7 10 17 6 10 15 4 2 12 7 8 16 173
10 Canada Dalton Kellett 9 11 10 11 4 19 DNS 3 7 8 8 11 7 10 160
11 Argentina Julia Ballario 11 7 20 14 10 7 12 4 10 15 11 6 10 8 152
12 United States Kyle Connery 5 12 11 17 14 10 11 9 8 93
13 United States Michael Johnson 15 10 12 20 11 15 11 12 12 17 14 13 18 17 90
14 Brazil Pipo Derani 4 3 6 4 9 18 88
15 Philippines Michele Bumgarner 12 13 14 15 16 13 13 13 11 12 20 79
16 United States Bobby Eberle 14 15 18 19 18 12 14 14 13 16 17 14 66
17 United States Brandon Newey 16 18 16 12 5 14 10 13 63
18 United States Jay Horak 13 14 17 18 12 11 18 17 48
19 Brazil Felipe Donato 10 DNS 16 10 20 13 36
20 United Kingdom Jack Aitken 9 4 31
21 United States Alex Keyes 6 7 29
22 United States Jeff Harrison 15 16 11 13 29
23 United States Joey Bickers 14 6 22
24 United States Parker Nicklin 13 11 18
25 Norway Anders Krohn 5 17
26 Italy Vicky Piria 19 DNS 13 13 17
27 Puerto Rico Carlos Conde 14 18 19 15 17
28 United States Clark Toppe 16 6 16
29 United States Jason Rabe 19 9 13
30 United States Brian Lift 19 15 7
31 United States Stan Kohls 16 19 6
32 Jamaica Jason Bedasse 18 19 4
Expert class
1 United States Bobby Eberle 14 15 18 19 18 12 14 14 13 16 17 14 202
2 United States Jay Horak 13 14 17 18 14 17 18 17 153
3 United States Jeff Harrison 15 16 11 13 88
4 Puerto Rico Carlos Conde 14 18 19 15 66
5 United States Stan Kohls 16 19 37
6 United States Jason Rabe 19 9 23
7 Jamaica Jason Bedasse 18 19 16
Pos Driver STP BAR IMS LOR HOU MOH MIL SON Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
(1 point)
* Led most race laps
(1 point)
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Overall Points 30 25 22 19 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Drivers must complete 50% race distance to score main points, otherwise 1 point is awarded.

Teams' championship[edit]

Pos Team Points
1 Juncos Racing 375
2 Cape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing 346
3 Team Pelfrey 259
4 Andretti Autosport 238
5 JDC Motorsports 117
6 World Speed Motorsports 52
7 M1 Racing 45
8 HAVOC Motorsport 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro Mazda – Garett Grist et Shelby Blackstock chez Andretti, "ChequeredFlags.fr", January 13, 2014, Retrieved 2014-01-13
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Entry List" (PDF). Pro Mazda Championship. IndyCar. March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Alberico Joins 2014 Championship Fight with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, eFormulaCarNews, December 6, 2013, Retrieved 2013-12-6
  4. ^ Johnson Moving Up Mazda Road to Indy Ladder with JDC MotorSports, eFormulaCarNews, November 12, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-12
  5. ^ Gutierrez Joins Juncos Racing for 2014 Campaign, eFormulaCarNews, February 12, 2014, Retrieved 2014-02-12
  6. ^ Juncos Racing Announces Ballario, eFormulaCarNews, February 11, 2014, Retrieved 2014-02-11
  7. ^ Pigot Joins Juncos Racing Title Fight, eFormulaCarNews, February 12, 2014, Retrieved 2014-02-12
  8. ^ JUNCOS RACING ADDS KYLE KAISER TO 2014 LINE-UP, Juncos Racing, February 13, 2014, Retrieved 2014-02-13
  9. ^ "Bedasse will be first Jamaican in Pro Mazda". IndyCar Series (IndyCar). March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kellett Joins Team Pelfrey for 2014 Campaign, eFormulaCarNews, November 14, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-14
  11. ^ Team Pelfrey Signs Brazilian Pipo Derani for 2014 Pro Mazda Championship, Pro Mazda Championship, November 20, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-20
  12. ^ Mazda Road to Indy 2014 Schedule Confirmed, Andsersen Promotions PR, October 24, 2013, Retrieved 2013-11-05

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