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Pro Mazda Championship

 

 

 

THE SERIES

The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted as a new series in 2013, replacing the Star Mazda Championship which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years. The series is sanctioned by INDYCAR and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. It is the second official step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system bridging the gap between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The series' champion is awarded a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to Indy Lights competition the following year. 

Matthew Brabham of Andretti Autosport claimed the 2013 Pro Mazda title in a record-shattering season, and becomes the first driver to advance in succession via the MAZDASPEED scholarship system from USF2000 to Pro Mazda and now Indy Lights.

Series graduate Sage Karam captured the 2013 Indy Lights title and Rookie of the Year honors becoming the youngest champion in the series history.

HISTORY

Since 1991, Star Mazda - now Pro Mazda - has served as a vital step on the career path of many of today's top drivers. Its graduates include Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Graham Rahal and Tristan Vautier, NASCAR veteran Michael McDowell, BMW Motorsport factory driver Joey Hand, and rising stars Matthew Brabham, Conor Daly, Jack Hawksworth and Sage Karam amongst many others. 

SCHEDULE (download schedule pdf)

All 14 races on the 2014 calendar will be in support of Verizon IndyCar Series events. Two street circuits, four road courses and two oval events ensure the proper blend for aspiring drivers. Highlights of the schedule include doubleheader rounds at all road and street circuits, and standing starts on all street circuits.

Round    Date                          Track                                                   Venue

1/2          March 29/30             Streets of St. Petersburg                    1.8-mile street circuit

3/4          April 26/27                Barber Motorsports Park                   2.3-mile road course

5/6          May 9/10                   Indianapolis Motor Speedway          2.434-mile road course

7             May 24                      Lucas Oil Raceway                              0.686-mile oval

8/9          June 28/29                Streets of Houston                              1.634-mile street circuit

10/11      August 2/3                Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course              2.258-mile road course

12           August 16                  The Milwaukee Mile                           1-mile oval

13/14      August 23/24             Sonoma Raceway                               2.385-mile road course 

SERIES PARTNERS

Mazda, Cooper Tires, Allied Building Products, SpeedSource Race Engineering, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Sunoco, Performance Friction, BBS, Staubli, Quarter Master, INDYCAR Ministry

TELEVISION

Television coverage of the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will include four highlight shows produced by the award-winning IMS Productions team. The shows will air on the NBC Sports Network and MOTORS TV in Europe.

CARS

The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires features open-wheel, single-seat, open-cockpit cars with front and rear wings. The carbon fiber chassis, which was introduced in 2004, is built to FIA standards.

Sunoco is the Official Fuel of Pro Mazda.

ENGINES

Pro Mazda utilizes the Mazda Renesis rotary engine as remanufactured and serviced by SpeedSource Race Engineering. The engine generates approximately 260 horsepower - 90 horsepower more than a USF2000 Mazda MZR powerplant - and is capable of powering cars to speeds of 160 mph.

TIRES

Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/PROMAZDA as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

POINT SYSTEM

​1st............................... 30              8th...............................13             15th............................ 6
2nd.............................. 25             9th................................12             16th............................ 5
3rd............................... 22             10th..............................11             17th............................ 4
4th............................... 19             11th..............................10             18th............................ 3
5th............................... 17             12th.............................. 9              19th............................ 2
6th............................... 15             13th.............................. 8              20th+.......................... 1

7th............................... 14             14th.............................. 7

One additional point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap.

EXPERT CLASS (for drivers over age 30):

1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1
 

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1st............................... 22              6th................................ 8
2nd..............................18              7th................................. 6
3rd.............................. 15              8th................................. 4
4th.............................. 12              9th................................. 2
5th.............................. 10              10th+............................. 1

Single car teams will receive three bonus points as an equivalency to multi-car teams. Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.

Past Champions:

Year Driver Entrant
2013 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport
2012 Jack Hawksworth Team Pelfrey
2011 Tristan Vautier JDC MotorSports
2010 Conor Daly Juncos Racing
2009 Adam Christodoulou JDC MotorSports
2008 John Edwards AIM Autosport
2007 Dane Cameron JDC MotorSports
2006 Adrian Carrio World Speed Motorsports
2005 Raphael Matos Ocean Tomo Racing
2004 * Michael McDowell Valley Motor Center
2003 Luis Schiavo Racers Edge Motorsports
2002 Guy Cosmo Racers Edge Motorsports
2001 Scott Bradley World Speed Motorsports
2000 Bernardo Martinez Team Bucknum
1999 + Joey Hand S3 Racing
1998 Ian Lacy S3 Racing
1997 Tony Buffomante Valley Motor Center
1996 Rich Stephens Miller Team Racing
1995 Mark Rodrigues Valley Motor Center
1994 Brad Loehner Loehner Racing
1993 Ben Massey World Speed Motorsports
1992 Chuck West World Speed Motorsports
1991 Mark Rodrigues Valley Motor Center

(*) Series switched from tube-frame cars to carbon-fiber cars in 2004.
(+) First season of unified national Star Mazda Championship series. From 1991 – 1999 the series crowned regional and oval-track champions.