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22nd August 2014, 0:05 at 12:05 am #270996
Interesting.. I rate Aitken so it’ll be interesting to see how he does. I would expect a strong performance.22nd August 2014, 1:32 at 1:32 am #271000
He was about 0.6s off the leaders’ pace (8th fastest) in pre-race testing today. 20 of 22 cars set times: http://www.promazdachampionship.com/docs/default-source/Results/promazda-results-p1d78b0912f48769988125ff0000a718d1.pdf?sfvrsn=022nd August 2014, 17:34 at 5:34 pm #271102
That should have been 1.6s ^
Anyway FP1 is over, Aitken was 11th fastest (1:33.332, +1.413s from P1).22nd August 2014, 21:02 at 9:02 pm #271165
Aitken P8 in qualifying, 1:33.300 ( +0.9372s), his teammate Nicolas Costa was P7 (1:33.231, +0.8681s). Seems the competition in Pro Mazda is quite stout. We’ll see how the races go…24th August 2014, 0:38 at 12:38 am #271709
Aitken finished 9th and 4th, Costa was 4th and 2nd.24th August 2014, 3:12 at 3:12 am #271713
I’ve only heard of Pigot and Bumgarner from the other drivers, so there must be a lot of upcoming talents coming through in the Pro Mazda series. I thought Costa would be walking to the title!24th August 2014, 13:35 at 1:35 pm #271750
Hargrove and Alberico were 1-2 in the USF2000 points last year.
The second race was down to luck as several front-runners were collected in a lap 1 incident (nothing against Gutierrez, he’s been respectable for his lack of experience). Pigot won the title, Costa was 5th in the final standings.24th August 2014, 15:25 at 3:25 pm #271786
Makes sense then that they are the top rookies in Race 1, battling at the front.
Even Karam couldn’t dominate in Pro Mazda, so the level of competition must be high. Hopefully Pigot and Hargrove can move up to Indy Lights, while Costa (who came on once he learned the car?) could battle with Alberico and the drivers around them for next year’s title.
PS. I’m glad de Phillippi could get a Porsche Supercup drive – in many other years he’d have been a worthy champion I’m sure. And it looks like he needed the winner’s money to advance to Indy Lights.24th August 2014, 15:56 at 3:56 pm #271791
Jack Aitken’s comments were along the lines of “the atmosphere is more relaxed here, but the competition up front is just as tough”. The first post-season (official) test for the Mazda Road to Indy is in December if I recall correctly, but teams will hold private tests as well. The silly season picture will become clearer at that point.
Connor de Philippi’s problem was he didn’t win the title in 3 attempts (best finish in the points of 3rd), but Mazda still took care of him in tintops so a positive outcome in the end.10th September 2014, 20:50 at 8:50 pm #274273
French driver Timothe Guret will be testing a Pro Mazda car this weekend with Juncos Racing: http://www.autohebdo.fr/monoplace/monoplace/article-28-28-28545/100914-pro-mazda-buret-testera-%C3%A0-indianapolis
Guret has also sampled Formula Renault and Formula E machinery this year, as he evaluates options for the 2015 racing season.19th September 2014, 16:38 at 4:38 pm #275132
Felix Serralles has signed with Belardi Auto Racing to contest the 2015 Indy Lights championship: http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/19/indy-lights-belardi-signs-felix-serralles-for-2015-program/related/19th September 2014, 19:44 at 7:44 pm #275191
Serrales career has hit a wall in F3, maybe a change will do him good.
Being Puerto Rican should net him a large fanbase in the States, where there is a huge population of Puerto Ricans.19th September 2014, 20:44 at 8:44 pm #275194
He’s had a lot of collision DNFs in Euro F3, otherwise his results are respectable considering he’s not with an established team like Prema or Mucke.3rd December 2014, 20:15 at 8:15 pm #288076
Timothe Buret has signed with Juncos Racing to compete in the 2015 Pro Mazda championship: http://www.juncosracing.com/timothe-buret-commits-to-juncos-racing-for-2015-pro-mazda-championship/
“Buret recently completed a successful 2014 season running in multiple series throughout Europe including the Caterham French Challenge, VdeV Formula Renault European Challenge, VdeV European CN Proto Challenge, and the French Historic Formula Ford cup, recording seven victories and 12 podiums.”12th December 2014, 15:07 at 3:07 pm #289018
Weiron Tan has signed with Andretti Autosport’s Pro Mazda team for 2015: http://www.motorsport.com/pro-mazda/news/weiron-tan-to-drive-for-andretti-autosport-in-pro-mazda
“My agent did a good job getting in touch with Andretti. We’ve come a long way from Europe, and we saw an opportunity and just took it. We think that the opportunity in the states where there’s a level you can climb for drivers to move up to Indycar, there’s a system that works, so we think that this is a really big opportunity for us to come here and do this,” Tan said.
Tan was also very complimenting of how the Pro Mazda car drove compared to the F3 car.
“I actually prefer this car compared to the Formula 3 car, surprisingly. This car feels faster, it feels more free, it doesn’t feel over-aeroed like the Formula 3 cars. It feels really good to drive”
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