18 pilotes/drivers pour/for $200K Scholarship Shootout Road to Indy

Judges/Format Announced for MRTI $200K Scholarship Shootout

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Strong Panel Tasked with Narrowing Talented Field of 18 Drivers

 PALMETTO, Fla. (December 1, 2016) – As 18 drivers representing nine countries prepare to head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next week for the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout (#MRTIShootout), a panel of seven judges is in place to select the inaugural winner who will earn a seat in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017.  

The unprecedented event brings together talent from select junior level open-wheel and karting series with the best-of-the-best vying for a slot on the first step of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development ladder, which offers scholarships for talented young drivers to progress all the way from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.  

Throughout 2016, nearly 400 drivers from 20 open-wheel racing championships competed for an entry ticket to the Shootout.

The panel of judges will be led by Joel Miller, a mechanical engineering graduate and factory driver for Mazda in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in addition to duties as driver coach/steward for the USF2000 series. He will be joined by Verizon IndyCar Series driver Spencer Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights champion and four-time Mazda scholarship recipient who also participates in Mazda’s factory driver line-up in IMSA; fellow Mazda factory sports car driver Jonathan Bomarito who in addition to being an accomplished driver coach was the 2003 USF2000 champion; Andrew Carbonell, a Mazda factory driver in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge who was a lead test driver in the development of the new Global Mazda MX-5 race car; and Scott Goodyear, a former race winner in the IndyCar ranks and current expert analyst for ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the series including the Indianapolis 500. 

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« The MRTI Shootout at Mazda Raceway will be the first of its kind taking champions from around the world and introducing them to the MRTI ladder,” said Miller. “The goal is to find the next driver that can win at each level of the ladder and move on to IndyCar. Mazda and its partners have put together a clear path which does not exist anywhere else and this Shootout is the first step.  

“Each judge on the panel has been part of various shootouts in their own motorsport careers and thus know what is needed to find the best during the on-track sessions. It will be fun to help bring in the new group of talent to the Mazda Road to Indy and I’m thankful for the opportunity.” 

Rounding out the panel will be Mazda Motorsports’ representatives Kyle Kimball, Operations Manager, and Jim Bowie, owner of Brandrenaline, Mazda Motorsports’ agency of record in the U.S. and Canada.  

Drivers will showcase their skills on the 2.238-mile road course in equally prepared cars from the Lucas Oil School of Racing which features Ray GR-RSC open-wheel cars on Cooper tires powered by Elite Engines’ 2-liter 140 HP powerplants and sequential gearboxes controlled by Pro Shift paddle shifter systems with rev-matching capability. 

Shootout activities kick off on Monday, December 5, with an orientation day featuring an overview of the Lucas Oil School of Racing cars as well as car selections and driver fittings, followed by a driver’s meeting and an introduction to the judging panel. 

Track activities will begin on Tuesday following track orientation. Drivers will be divided into four groups, each receiving three on-track sessions interspersed with instructor feedback. Following an initial on-track session on Wednesday morning, the judging panel will be tasked with narrowing the field in the first elimination round. The continuing drivers will take part in a qualifying session followed by a 30-minute race after which judges will convene for a final time to select the winner.

While outright speed will be one factor in the judges decisions, other criteria is in place to select a candidate that will make a good overall Mazda and series representative. 

Additional attendees will include representatives from Andersen Promotions – including COO Michelle Kish and USF2000/Pro Mazda Race Director Scot Elkins – Chris Pantani, Director of Event Marketing and Motorsports for Cooper Tires, and Lucas Oil Racing School founder Neil Enerson and COO Todd Snyder.

The USF2000 series will see a revitalization in 2017 with the introduction of the new, state-of-the-art Mazda-powered Tatuus USF-17. The chassis represents a significant technology leap over the current Van Diemen. In addition to enhanced safety features, upgrades include a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, two-way adjustable dampers, Cosworth data system and ECU, LCD steering wheel, four-piston PFC brakes and more. All 35 cars in the initial order have been sold. 

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Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout Schedule of Event

Monday, December 5 

  1:00 pm                      Car Introduction

  1:30 pm                      Car Selections and Driver Fittings

  2:30 pm                      Cooper Tire Markings

  3:00 pm                      Driver’s Meeting/Judging Panel Introductions

  5:15 pm                      Drivers/Mazda Executives/Judges Mixer and Dinner 

Tuesday, December 6

  7:30 am                      Track Orientation with Judges

  9:00 am                      Group 1 On-Track Activities

  9:30 am                      Group 2 On-Track Activities

10:00 am                       Group 3 On-Track Activities

10:30 am                       Group 4 On-Track Activities

11:00 am                       Lunch and Instructor Feedback

12:00 pm                      Group 1 On-Track Activities

12:30 pm                      Group 2 On-Track Activities

  1:00 pm                      Group 3 On-Track Activities

  1:30 pm                      Group 4 On-Track Activities

  2:00 pm                      Instructor Feedback

  2:30 pm                      Group 1 On-Track Activities

  3:00 pm                      Group 2 On-Track Activities

  3:30 pm                      Group 3 On-Track Activities

  4:00 pm                      Group 4 On-Track Activities

  4:30 pm                      Instructor Feedback

  7:00 pm                      Drivers and Judges Dinner 

Wednesday, December 7

  7:30 am                      New Car Selections

  7:45 am                      Driver Fitting Adjustments

  9:00 am                      Group 1 (Revised) On-Track Activities

  9:30 am                      Group 2 (Revised) On-Track Activities

10:00 am                       Group 3 (Revised) On-Track Activities

10:30 am                       Group 4 (Revised) On-Track Activities

11:00 am                       Lunch, First Eliminations and Finalists Driver’s Meeting

12:00 pm                      Finalist Group 1 Qualifying

12:30 pm                      Finalist Group 2 Qualifying

  1:00 pm                      Instructor Feedback

  1:30 pm                      Simulation Race – 30 Minutes

  2:00 pm                      Judges Convene – Shootout Winner Selected

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports: Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to Indy includes USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights racing categories with Mazda power. In sports car racing, a similar ladder system involves a number of racing series, culminating with the Mazda Prototype team which races in the top level of IMSA sports car racing in North America. In the grassroots categories, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer.  

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, great-performing tires that people depend on for all of life’s road trips, whether on city streets, off-road adventures or high-speed tracks. In fact, Cooper Tire is proud to sponsor and race in all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy development program within the IndyCar racing series. Cooper tires can also been seen on the track as a sponsor of the IMSA Prototype Lites Series, and competing in the short course off-road TORC Series. Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper, together with its subsidiaries, has manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities in 11 countries around the world.  This year, as we head into our second century in the tire industry, Cooper is looking toward a future where innovation will continue to drive our products and our products will continue to drive the world. To connect with Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/teamcoopertire. 

 

                                                              

 

 

 

GPF1 2017 Confirmé / Canadian GPF1 2017 confirm

 

Publié le 22 novembre 2016 à 10h50 | Mis à jour à 12h43

Le Grand Prix du Canada confirmé pour 2017

Le maire de Montréal a confirmé la tenue... (Bernard Brault, archives La Presse)

Le maire de Montréal a confirmé la tenue d’un Grand Prix dans la métropole en 2017.

BERNARD BRAULT, ARCHIVES LA PRESSE

Après bien des tergiversations et surtout des doutes, le Grand Prix du Canada sera bel et bien au calendrier 2017 du Championnat du monde de Formule 1. Les billets seront en vente dès jeudi.

Dans un tweet publié mardi matin, le maire de Montréal lui-même a indiqué qu’«il y aura Grand Prix du Canada en 2017». Denis Coderre a évoqué «une entente de principe» avec le promoteur de la course montréalaise, Groupe de course Octane, présidé par François Dumontier, et avec «FOWC», ce qui sous-entend l’organisateur du championnat, Bernie Ecclestone.

Quelques minutes seulement après cette publication du maire, le promoteur a annoncé la mise en vente des billets pour cette course qui sera tenue au circuit Gilles-Villeneuve le 11 juin 2017. La vente débute dès ce jeudi, 9h.

Cette annonce survient huit jours avant la publication officielle et définitive du calendrier 2017 de F1 par le Conseil mondial du sport automobile

“Montreal and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve produce one of the most exciting Grands Prix of the season,” president and CEO of Octane Racing Group said in the statement. “In 2017, everyone will have even more good reasons to be there since we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix.” Tickets will be available by november 24th 2016

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari drives during final practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 6, 2015 in Montreal.

CLASSES À PARTIR DE 2017 / CLASS FOR 2017

FORMULATOUR1600 confirme les deux classes suivantes à compté de 2017/ FORMULTOUR1600 confirm new way to define F1600 class with 2017 season launching ;

CLASSE HONDA / HONDA CLASS: Tous chassis homologués propulsés par moteur Fit Honda 1500cc conforme SCCA réglements en vigueur/ All homologated chassis power by Fit Honda 1500cc in accordance with SCCA rules book use for USF1600 championship (see Note ***)

CLASSE KENT / KENT CLASS: Tout chassis homologué motorisé par moteur F1600 Kent exclusivement / All homologated chassis power by Fo engine F1600cc Kent only (see note ***)

Bonne préparation à tous pour la saison 2017 / Be ready for 2017 season

Note ***:

Il y aura deux classements, CLASSEMENT GÉNÉRAL & CLASSEMENT KENT.  Si le gagnant d’une manche conduit une formule propulsé par un moteur Ford il aura le trophé de la première place et enregistrera des points dans les deux classements.  Les pilotes des formules propulsés par un Honda figureront dans le classement général

In 2017 we will have 2 standing, GENERAL STANDING & KENT STANDING. If a round winner is power by KENT engine, he will score points in each standing.  For drivers who run Honda engine they will score points in general standing.

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ROAD TO INDY shoot out for Formulatour1600 2016 Champion Trenton Estep

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GO TRENTON ESTEP GO !!!!

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Qui sera le représentant Formulatour  / Who is gone a be 2017 Formula Tour ? 2017

Calendrier 2017 provisoire

1) Spring classic Tremblant 26/27/28 may  test day may 25th (Confirm)

2) Juin 9/10/11 TBD

3) Summer classic Tremblant JULY 21/22/23  test day july 20th (Confirm)

4) GP3R August 11/12/13 2016 (Confirm)

5) Calabogie Ted Powel August 25/26/27 (Confirm)

6) Falls classic Tremblant 22/23/24  test day sept 21th (Confirm)

3 courses par weekend pour un total de 18 courses. 15 meilleurs résultats pour le championnat / 3 races per race weekend for a total of 18 races, 15 best results for standing

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