Friday, July 19, 2013

A Pro Mazda Sort of Weekend

Just a quick reminder, if you're online this weekend, make sure to keep an eye out for news from the Mazda Road to Indy. It's a big weekend for Pro Mazda, as it stays in Canada for the Grand Prix of Mosport, a weekend along with ALMS, IMSA, and a couple of other series. Rounds 9 & 10 of the Pro Mazda schedule will be decided, with Race #1 taking place on Saturday, and Race #2 following ALMS on Sunday.

More than anything, this could be a coronation event for Matthew Brabham. The scion of one of the most storied racing families in the world, Brabs has been on a tear this year, and he can break Conor Daly's record of most Star/Pro Mazda series wins in a season if he wins a race this weekend. As last year's USF2000 champion, and this year's favorite to be Pro Mazda champion, this is a legacy driver intent on climbing the ladder, and will likely be in Firestone Indy Lights next year, continuing that charge.

Only one other driver has won a Pro Mazda race this season, and that's Diego Ferriera, who won the season opener. Since then, Ferriera has played a repeated runner-up role to Brabham, but it's not been for lack of effort. The young Venezuelan driver will be right there to pounce if Brabham falters in the least, and his Juncos team has won the last two MoSport races, to boot.

Shelby Blackstock is Brabham's teammate at Andretti, and has shown a good pace and solid improvement overall on the season. The Tennessee native is attempting to hold off Spencer Pigot for third in the standings. For his part, Pigot had some rough results at Toronto after some good finishes on the ovals, and needs to bounce back this weekend for Team Pelfrey. He'll be joined for the weekend by new teammate Dalton Kellett, a Toronto area native with USF2000 experience, making his first Pro Mazda start.

There are plenty of more drivers to be featured through this field--Zack Meyer, the young Ontario native who will look to pull off the big upset in front of a home audience; Juan Piehetra, who has recovered from a brutal start to the season to a podium in Toronto; and Scott Anderson, the American USF2000 graduate looking for a defining result in his first Pro Mazda season.

Hey, Twitter Folk!

You may already be following @ProMazda on Twitter, as well as such great Mazda Road to Indy follows as Junior Open Wheel Talent and Open Wheel World. If you're not, make sure you do. Additionally, here are five Pro Mazda drivers and INDYCAR prospects you'll also want to follow:

-Matthew Brabham (@mattybrabs)
Aforementioned Andretti Autosport driver and Pro Mazda points leader.

-Shelby Blackstock (@shelbilly)
Son of country superstar Reba McEntire, Andretti driver, and promising prospect.

-Zack Meyer (@zackmeyer66)
Meyer is a 20 year-old Toronto native and Pro Mazda regular, looking to make a big splash at MoSport.

-Spencer Pigot (@SpencerPigot)
2010 Skip Barber champ, 2010-2011 Team USA Scholarship winner, and Pro Mazda prospect.

-Scott Anderson (@ScottDKAnderson)
USF2000 multi-race winner and 2011 Skip Barber National champ, running his first year in Pro Mazda.

Ultimately, these are all young Mazda Road to Indy prosepcts driving their hearts out, hoping for a shot at the next level and IndyCar, and that's worth a follow in and of itself. You can follow along via live timing and scoring on the Pro Mazda website. Enjoy, the weekend, go see Turbo, and send some encouragement to the potential future stars of INDYCAR.

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