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Interesting.. I rate Aitken so it’ll be interesting to see how he does. I would expect a strong performance.
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=0
That should have been 1.6s ^
Anyway FP1 is over, Aitken was 11th fastest (1:33.332, +1.413s from P1).
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…
Aitken finished 9th and 4th, Costa was 4th and 2nd.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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