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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. 

Spencer Pigot of Juncos Racing claimed the 2014 title and will advance with the team to Indy Lights in 2015 via the MAZDASPEED scholarship system.

HISTORY

The series has served as a vital step on the career path of many of today's top drivers since 1991. 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, Sage Karam and Spencer Pigot amongst many others. 

SCHEDULE 

An expanded 16-race schedule is in place for 2015 featuring five road course, two street circuit and two oval events to ensure the proper blend for aspiring drivers. Highlights of the schedule include doubleheader rounds at all road and street circuits. All but the season-ending finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which features all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy, are run in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series.

 Round Date  Track  Venue 
 Rounds 1/2 March 27-29  Streets of St. Petersburg  1.8-mile street course 
 Rounds 3/4 April 10-12  NOLA Motorsports Park  2.75-mile road course 
 Rounds 5/6 April 24-26  Barber Motorsports Park  2.38-mile road course 
 Rounds 7/8 May 7-9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway   2.439-mile road course
 Round 9 May 23 Lucas Oil Raceway .686-mile oval
 Rounds 10/11 June 12-14 Streets of Toronto 1.755-mile street course
 Round 12 July 17-18 Iowa Speedway .875-mile oval
 Rounds 13/14 July 31-August 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course
 Rounds 15/16    September 11-13   Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 2.258-mile road course

 

SERIES PARTNERS

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

TELEVISION

Television coverage of the 2015 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. The popular RoadToIndy.TV will continue to provide behind-the-scenes access to all competitors on the Mazda Road to Indy. 

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.

PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS

The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will distribute nearly $1 million in prizes and awards in 2015. The series champion will receive a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2016. Additional champion’s awards include a Cooper Tires Award for tires and series award for race entries.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

The Mazda Road to Indy Summit and Oval Clinic is a three-part educational and promotional program held during the season. The platform provides valuable education on a variety of topics including marketing/business, media training, career growth and development, fitness and wellness, social media and a comprehensive introduction to oval track racing led by industry experts. It also features activities such as high-profile autograph sessions and fan Q&As, networking reception, team owner meet-and-greets, race shop tours and pace laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. Additionally, the winner at Lucas Oil Raceway will pace the Freedom 100 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field on Carburetion Day and be interviewed in front of the Indianapolis 500 crowd only minutes before the race.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS

 Streets of St. Petersburg Qualifying: Conor Daly 1:10.352 = 92.108 mph 3/27/2010
  Race: Jack Hawksworth 1:11.439 = 90.707 mph 3/24/2012
 NOLA Motorsports Park Qualifying: Jack Aitken    1:33.2006 = 105.836 mph   2/19/2015
  Race: Weiron Tan 1:33.7313 = 105.237 mph 2/19/2015
 Barber Motorsports Park    Qualifying: Spencer Pigot 1:20.249 = 103.179 mph 2/25/2014
  Race: Spencer Pigot 1:20.411 = 102.971 mph 2/26/2014
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway      Qualifying: Spencer Pigot     1:26.9623 = 105.836 mph    5/9/2014
  Race: Scott Hargrove 1:23.7857 = 104.796 mph 5/10/2014
 Lucas Oil Raceway Qualifying: Matthew Brabham   19.744 = 125.081 mph 5/25/2013
  Race: Matthew Brabham 20.174 = 122.415 mph 5/25/2013
 Streets of Toronto Qualifying: Jack Hawksworth 1:07.968 = 92.956 mph 7/7/2012
  Race: Jack Hawksworth 1:08.490 = 92.247 mph 7/7/2012
 Iowa Speedway Qualifying: Conor Daly 21.933 = 143.619 mph 6/19/2010
  Race: Sage Karam 22.052 = 142.844 mph 6/23/2012
 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Qualifying: Ryan Justice 1:18.300 = 103.816 mph 5/20/2006
  Race: Daniel Harrington 1:19.970 = 101.648 mph 5/20/2006
 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Qualifying: Richard Kent 1:19.935 = 100.792 mph 10/18/2008
  Race: Dane Cameron 1:21.425 = 98.948 mph 10/20/2007 

MILESTONES:

Most Starts  Dan Tomlin Jr. 60 2001-2008
Most Wins Matthew Brabham 13 2013
Most Wins in a Season Matthew Brabham 13 2013
Most Poles Jack Hawksworth 11 2012
Most Poles in a Season Jack Hawksworth 11 2012
Most Podiums Connor De Phillippi            19            2010-2012
Most Podiums in a Season          Matthew Brabham 15 2013

 

PAST CHAMPIONS:

Year Driver Entrant
2014  Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing
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.