2016 Mazda Road to Indy Shootout

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United States 2016 Mazda Road to Indy Shootout
Race details
Laguna Seca.svg
DateDecember 6 & 7, 2016
Official nameMazda Road to Indy Shootout
CourseRoad course
2.238 mi / 3.602 km
Pole position
DriverUnited Kingdom Oliver White
FirstUnited States Oliver Askew
SecondUnited Kingdom Oliver White
ThirdUnited States Trenton Estep

The 2016 Mazda Road to Indy Shootout was the first edition of the Road to Indy Shootout. The event was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on December 6 and 7. The winner received a $200,000 scholarship to compete in the 2017 U.S. F2000 National Championship.[1]

Entry list[edit]

Driver Age 2016 result
United States Ryan Norman[2] 18 Atlantic Championship Series champion6
Australia Will Brown 18 Australian Formula Ford highest eligible driver (2nd).
Republic of Ireland Niall Murray[3] 21 BRSCC F1600 champion
United Kingdom Oliver White 23 Mountney Formula Ford Super Series
United States Peter Portante 20 F1600 Formula F Championship runner-up1
United States John McCusker 20 F2000 Championship Series runner-up2 6
United States Jonathan Sugianto[4] 21 Formula Car Challenge champion 3
Mexico Axel Matus[5] 18 Formula Panam champion
United States Trenton Estep[6] 16 Formula Tour 1600 champion
Brazil Marcel Coletta[7] 14 Mazda Road to Indy Brazil champion
India Karthik Tharani[8] 22 MMSC 1600 Indian Championship runner-up5
New Zealand Michael Scott[9] 21 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship champion
United States Tim de Silva 20 Pacific F2000 champion
United States Austin Garrison 18 Rotax Max Challenge
United States Nigel Saurino 21 SCCA RunoffsFC
United States Neil Verhagen[10] 15 SCCA Runoffs – F1600 champion6
United States Matt Machiko 25 SCCA RunoffsFM
United Kingdom Neil MacLennan[11] 18 Scottish Motor Racing Club Formula Ford 1600 Championship champion
United States Timo Reger 19 Skip Barber Race Series
United States Oliver Askew 19 Team USA Scholarship
United States Kyle Kirkwood 18


^1 Neil Verhagen won the 2016 F1600 Championship Series. But as he was already qualified by winning the Runoffs, runner-up Peter Portante was awarded a place to compete.[12]

^2 McCusker finished second in the 2016 F2000 Championship Series. The championship was won by Steve Bamford, a masters class competitor, ineligible because of his age. Drivers must be between 14 and 25.

^3 Formula Car Challenge FormulaSpeed champion Sugianto won the shootout invitation over Formula Car Challenge Pro Formula Mazda champion Bruno Carneiro after a video competition.

^4 Brown finished second in the 2016 Australian Formula Ford championship. The championship was won by Leanne Tander, ineligible because of her age (36).

^5 Tharani finished second in the MRF1600 (India) championship, but champion Vikash Anand is facing indictment for drunk driving from a September crash where Anand was driving under the influence, and thereby disqualified.

^6 Verhagen, McCusker and Norman all qualified, but were unable to attend due to prior commitments clashing with the shootout date. Verhagen tested at the annual Road to Indy Chris Griffis Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, scoring the fastest time in the test with Pabst Racing. Norman signed with Andretti Autosport on December 5, 2016 to participate in Indy Lights for the 2017 season. [13]

Mazda Road to Indy - Brasil[edit]

The 2016 Mazda Road to Indy - Brasil was a karting contest to qualify for the finals at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The event was held at Kartódromo de Interlagos on 27 August 2016. The event was set up by former racing driver Paulo Carcasci.[14] Eleven drivers from four different Brazilian states and the Federal District competed for a spot in the final at Laguna Seca.[15]


Rank Driver FP[16] Q[17] H1[18] H2[19] F[20] Points
1. São Paulo (state) Marcel Coletta 3 9 2 1 55
2. São Paulo (state) Murilo Coletta 2 8 1 2 51
3. São Paulo (state) Vinicius Papareli 1 2 1 3 47
4. São Paulo (state) Lucca Croce 6 4 3 4 35
5. São Paulo (state) Jean Aguiar 9 1 4 5 33
6. Federal District (Brazil) Pedro Cardoso 8 7 2 9 32
Rio de Janeiro (state) Italo Barrilari 7 6 5 7
Minas Gerais Evandro Bambirra 4 5 4 8
São Paulo (state) Allan Croce 5 3 3 6
Mato Grosso Edgar Henrique 11 11 5 11
São Paulo (state) Erick Lutum 10 10 6 10


United States Joel Miller Mazda Motorsports factory driver
United States Spencer Pigot
United States Jonathan Bomarito
United States Andrew Carbonell
Canada Scott Goodyear former IndyCar Series driver
United States Kyle Kimball Mazda Motorsports operational manager
United States Jim Bowie owner of Brandrenaline

Lucas Oil School of Racing supplied the 18 scholarship candidates with Formula Ford style cars. The Ray Race Cars GR-RSC was fitted with a 2 litre engine built by Elite Engines. All cars were shod with Cooper Tires. The Shootout started with orientation of the cars and the track on December 5. On the second day drivers were divided in four groups and took to the tracks. For the final Shootout day the group was again divided in four. After initial testing sessions the first drivers were eliminated. The remaining drivers started 30 minute qualifying sessions before the race over 30 minutes.[21]


All participants participated in a vehicle orientation and then multiple practice sessions over two days, culminating in a pre-qualification session where six finalists would be chosen. Those finalists would then participate in a 30 minute qualifying session and a 30 minute race.

Driver Qualifying Finale
United States Oliver Askew 3 1
United Kingdom Oliver White 1 2
United States Trenton Estep 4 3
United States Kyle Kirkwood 5 4
Republic of Ireland Niall Murray 6 5
Australia Will Brown 2 6
Brazil Marcel Coletta DNQ
United States Austin Garrison DNQ
United States Matt Machiko DNQ
United Kingdom Neil MacLennan DNQ
Mexico Axel Matus DNQ
United States Peter Portante DNQ
United States Timo Reger DNQ
United States Nigel Saurino DNQ
New Zealand Michael Scott DNQ
United States Tim de Silva DNQ
United States Jonathan Sugianto DNQ
India Karthik Tharani DNQ
United States John McCusker DNA
United States Ryan Norman DNA
United States Neil Verhagen DNA


Oliver Askew was selected as the winner of the shootout and won a scholarship to compete in the 2017 U.S. F2000 National Championship.[22]


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