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Road To Indy bolsters role as top North American ladder series, announcing a long-term partnership with the Lucas Oil School Of Racing

By Steve Wittich

For the second time in four days, Andersen Promotions and the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires (RTI) have announced a partnership aimed at bolstering the top level open wheel development ladder in North America.

The Lucas Oil School of Racing has entered a long-term partnership with Andersen Promotions to become the Official Driving School of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.

The Lucas Oil School of Racing and it’s companion, the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series, have quickly become the must-attend racing school for young drivers looking to pursue a career as a professional race car driver. The car is a derivative of multi-championship winning Ray Formula Ford/F1600 chassis with a 2.0-liter powerplant that is made by Elite Engines, the same engine builder as USF2000. The hi-tech car features a Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift, an AIM data acquisition system and Cooper Tires, making the jump to a USF2000 that much easier.

“We receive a lot of requests from drivers, particularly in karting, asking how to get started on the Road to Indy and we always direct them to the Lucas School of Racing, so to welcome them as our Official Driving School makes perfect sense. With their scholarship programs, they have a driver development program in place and are a true feeder series to the Road to Indy as witnessed by Reece joining our series this year. Our new alignment will allow us to further expand that message in marketing, live streaming, social media, websites, and beyond.”

“Our partnership is a natural progression of the relationships we already have in place with Neil and his family, Gerardo Bonilla, Director of Operations and former Road to Indy series driver coach, Cooper Tires and Elite Engines,” said Dan Andersen, Owner, and CEO of Andersen Promotions.

Current USF2000 drivers, Darren Keane, Manuel Cabrera, and reigning Lucas Oil Formula Car School champion Reece Gold are all graduates of the school and race series.

Reece Gold on track in a USF2000 race at Road America (Photo Courtesy Of Andersen Promotions)

The winner of the six-event, 18 race, arrive-and-drive Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series will take home a $75,000 scholarship to utilize in USF2000. Also, drivers in the series will be allowed to attend Road To Indy events; learning more about the next step in career advancement while being embedded with USF2000 teams.

The CEO of the Lucas School of Racing is Neil Enerson, a Road To Indy team owner and father of RTI graduate and NTT IndyCar Series RC Enerson.

“A partnership between The Lucas Oil School of Racing and Andersen Promotions is a no-brainer,” said Neil Enerson, Lucas Oil School of Racing Founder and CEO. “It’s an honor to be named the Official Driving School of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires and we look forward to cultivating the next crop of Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship drivers.

“As the dad to a successful graduate of the Road To Indy and team owner, I’m in a unique position to understand what it takes to move from karting to a professional race car driver at the top tier. My staff of passionate racers at the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series have pooled years of experience to create a race series that will teach drivers what is expected of them – both on and off the track – at the next level of their racing careers.”

The Lucas Oil School of Racing and the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series will travel next to New Jersey Motorsports Park for basic and advanced classes on July 9/10 and the next championship rounds on July 16/17. The series is currently led by 16-year-old Jackson Lee of Avon, Ind.

The Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will be back in action north of the border in Toronto, Ont., Canada on July 13/14

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Lucas Oil School of Racing Launches Inaugural Cooper Tires Karting Scholarship Shoot-out

Lucas Oil School of Racing Launches Inaugural Cooper Tires Karting Scholarship Shoot-out

Demonstrating its commitment to train and develop the next generation of racing champions, the Lucas Oil School of Racing today announces the inaugural Cooper Tires Karting Scholarship Shoot-out, to be held December 12-14, 2018 at Sebring International Raceway.

Thirty karters from around the world will participate in three days of on- and off-track activities and training to determine who is the best of the best, with seat time in Lucas Oil School of Racing programs up for grabs. The grand prize is a fully funded season in the 2019 Lucas Oil Formula Car Championship, valued at $75,000.

“One of my goals, when I started the Lucas Oil School of Racing, was to provide karters a proper place to go to learn and race when they make their first step from karting to cars,” said Lucas Oil School of Racing Founder and CEO Neil Enerson. “The Karting Scholarship Shoot-out is the next step in that process. With the winner of the Lucas Oil Formula Car Championship Series now earning a $100,000 Driver Development Award to use in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the progression from karting to professional motorsports begins with the Lucas Oil School of Racing.”

Prizes for top-ranking karters participating in the Shoot-out include:

  • Winner – Full season in 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series*
  • Runner-up – Half season in 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series *
  • 3rd Place – Participation in two Race Events *
  • 4th Place – Participation in one Race Event*
  • 5th Place – Participation in two 2-Day Advanced Lapping programs

* Including Pre-Race Lapping

“Cooper Tires is proud to be a sponsor of the Lucas Oil School of Racing and this scholarship event which provides an exceptional opportunity for talented drivers to gain open wheel experience and exposure through karting,” said Chris Pantani, Cooper Tire’s Director of Motorsports. “Supporting driver development is important to the future of racing, and Cooper is thrilled to be part of programs such as this that help drivers build a foundation of skills.”

To be considered for the Cooper Tires Karting Scholarship Shoot-out, karters must be currently competing in a recognized karting organization, have no prior competitive auto racing experience and must successfully complete a Basic 2-Day program. Karters must submit an online application and karting resume by August 31, 2018 for consideration. If accepted, as submitting an application and completing the requisite program does not guarantee a spot in the event, a seat in the Karting Scholarship Shoot-out is $4,999.

For more details on the Shoot-out, including eligibility requirements, pricing, and to apply online, please visit https://lucasraceschool.com/karting-scholarship-shootout/.

Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series finalizes schedule and announces generous prize package

After a successful four event, eight-race championship taking place during the final third of calendar year 2016, the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series (LOFCRS) kicks off their second title fight in only two weeks.  The opening round of the seven event, 14 race  championship takes place on Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2 at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla.

In 2016, the series champion – Mathias Soler, received a test day in his choice of Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda (USF2000), or F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4) equipment. That test day remains an important part of the significantly upgraded prize package for the driver who claims the 2017 LOFCRS Championship.

The LOFCRS Champion that is crowned at the November finale on the 2.75-mile, 16-Turn road course at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La., will still receive a USF2000 or F4 test, but, in addition to that, will also receive a generous $40,000 sponsorship package to be used towards a full season ride in USF2000 or F4. The 2017 LOFCRS Champion also has the option to return for the 2018 LOFCRS race season at no cost.

In addition to the career advancement prizes, the 2017 Champion will also receive a LOFCRS Nomex undershirt, a Champion’s trophy, and their name on the LOFCRS perpetual plaque. The LOFCRS also announced to be on the lookout for even more enhancements to that prize package as the season progresses.

The 2017 LOFCRS Vice-Champion will be the recipient of a Second Place trophy, LOFCRS Nomex undershirt, and a one-day test in an F4 car.

The driver that finishes thrid will receive a Third Place trophy, and a LOFCRS Nomex undershirt

The Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series goes green on their new races season on April 1, 2017 at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series)

The newly formed race series that was born from the Lucas Oil School of Racing, has already proven it’s worth to the American open wheel ladder, providing the 2017 F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda with it’s top two drivers from the 2016 LOFCRS Championship.

Solar, who won five times and stood on the podium six times on the way to the title will be contesting the 2017 F4 Championship with Cape Motorsports.

Race winner and 2016 Vice Champion, Chris Archinaco recently announced that he will be joining Indy Motorsport Group, to have a run at the six event, 18 race championship.

The school’s 2.0L Elite Engine powered Ray Formula Cars GR11 also received rave reviews as the platform used to help choose the Team U.S.A. Scholarship winners, and as the car that the 20 entrants for the MRTI $200K Scholarship Shootout piloted at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in December.

The complete schedule is below. If you want more details, and costs (including a pre-pay option that will save you 25%) check out this link. —> Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series 

Date # of races Circuit Location
April 1-2 2 Palm Beach International Raceway Jupiter, Fla.
May 2-3 2 Road Atlanta Braselton, Ga.
June 16-17 2 Atlanta Motorsports Park Dawsonville, Ga.
July 17-18 2 National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park Bowling Green, Ky.
August 21-22 2 Autobahn Country Club Joliet, Ill.
October 3-4 2 Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Conn.
November 11-12 2 NOLA Motorsports Park Avondale, La.