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A quintet of drivers turned their first laps in an Indy Lights car on Saturday – we talked to them about their experiences

By Steve Wittich A quintet of familiar Mazda Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires pilots got their very first taste of an Indy Lights race car on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Oliver Askew, Lucas Kohl, David Malukas, Robert Megennis, and Parker Thompson all turned their first laps in the 450 HP turbocharged […]

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MRTI at Portland International Raceway – Saturday – Oliver Askew takes Soul Red No. 3 to victory lane in the “Rose City”

Oliver Askew, who won seven times during his 2017 USF2000 Championship season, won his first Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tire race, lifting a significant weight off his back after 16 winless races. “It’s a really good feeling,” said a relieved Askew to TSO Ladder. “I can’t quite describe it. It was one of the […]

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MRTI Finale at Portland International Raceway – VeeKay is presumptive Pro Mazda champ – battle for third between Askew, Malukas and Megennis is a good one

Pro (Star) Mazda has contested nine previous races at Portland International Raceway with a pair of factory IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM drivers winning the first and last races on the 12-turn natural terrain course. Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT pilot Joey Hand won in 1999, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW M8 driver John […]

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Pro Mazda at Gateway Motorsports Park – turning left for the second time – VeeKay looking to clinch

Much like USF2000, which saw Kyle Kirkwood clinch the title at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a month ago, and Indy Lights, where Patricio O’Ward can secure the Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tire title at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend. The chase for the $790,300 Mazda Motorsports Advancement Scholarship can be clinched at Gateway. […]

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MRTI Update #10 from Mid-Ohio – Saturday – Malukas sets track record on the way to his third Pro Mazda pole of the season

By Steve Wittich David Malukas will start on the pole for a Pro Mazda race for the third time this season. Flipping the script from yesterday’s qualifying, it will be Rinus VeeKay that starts outside the young American. Championship leader Parker Thompson will start on the outside of row two with Robert Megennis on his […]

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MRTI Update #6 – Friday – VeeKay grabs his fourth pole of the season – inches closer to point leader Thompson

By Steve Wittich Combine the fact that a dozen of the fifteen Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tire winners at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has come from the front row with a seven point gap between points leader Parker Thompson and second place Rinus VeeKay and qualifying takes on a lot of importance. Double […]

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MRTI Update #3 from Mid-Ohio – Friday – Championship leader Thompson tops Pro Mazda practice

By Steve Wittich With two-hours of test time yesterday, the tire strategies for the teams and drivers in the 14 car Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tire field varied considerably. Points leader Parker Thompson, who had the quickest lap at 75.942 seconds used the entire session to work on his race car, turning a total […]

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Pro Mazda from Mid-Ohio – Steve’s preview – Thompson and VeeKay embroiled in a give-and-take battle for the $790,000 Mazda Motorsport Advancement Scholarship

By Steve Wittich The Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Saturday/Sunday double-dip will be the 16th and 17th times that the Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tire (formerly known as Star Mazda) series will race on the 2.258-Mile, 13-Turn Road Course. The first race in 2002 was won by Guy Cosmo, who finished ahead […]

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MRTI Update #2 from Toronto – Friday – Rinus VeeKay obliterates Pro Mazda track record on the way to the pole for race #1

By Steve Wittich With the Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tire winner in all nine previous races in Toronto, Ont., starting Saturday’’s first of two Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Toronto Presented by Allied Building Products races is critical. It’s so essential that pole-sitter Rinus VeeKay wheeled a damaged car into the run-off […]

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Pro Mazda in Toronto – 2018 – Thompson heads to Toronto with points lead to defend a three race home race winning

By Steve Wittich Current Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tire championship leader Parker Thompson comes to his home with on a roll in the “Great White North.” The Red Deer, Alberta pilot, has won his last three starts on the 1.786-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit. The 20-year-old’s two trips to the top step of […]

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