Articles By: John
Juan Pablo Montoya took his first turn behind the wheel of one of Roger Penske’s IndyCar’s last week, which ensured that the discussion once again turned to whether he would be the one to bring IndyCar back from the brink. But the sport’s other imports have struggled to find the results fans crave.
There are only two drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy who are truly happy at the moment: Matthew Brabham and Scott Hargrove, the recipients of the Mazda champions’ scholarships. For the rest of the feeder system’s stars, their futures remain uncertain.
With the conclusion of the final rounds of the 2013 USF2000 and Pro Mazda seasons at the Grand Prix of Houston, the eyes of the Mazda Road to Indy inevitably swing towards next year and the inevitable search for sponsorship. But on the final night of the year, Dan Andersen and his team at Andersen Promotions paused to host the 2013 Pro Mazda and USF2000 Awards Banquet at The St. Regis Hotel in Houston. IndyCar driver and Mazda Road to Indy graduate Tristan Vautier was on hand to help with awards presentations, and the champion drivers, teams, and mechanics for 2013 were crowned.
Under the guidance of Dan Andersen and his team at Andersen Promotions, the streamlining of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for 2014 and beyond is rapidly taking form. The number of events for each series next year has already been determined, and a chassis decision for Indy Lights is expected within two weeks.
Leading up to the Grand Prix of Houston weekend, this article was originally scheduled to be a preview of the series finale at Reliant Park — but one of the most unprecedented seasons in Pro Mazda history has necessitated that it become a year-end review.
MFW contributor John Lingle previews his home town event with a brief history and a look at what we might see this coming weekend at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.
In this exclusive Q&A with new Indy Lights series promoter Dan Andersen, he fills us in on the changes expected in the series over the coming months, including the genesis of some decision-making that may begin as early as this coming weekend.
With so much talent driving in the Mazda Road to Indy, now seems like a good time to let the best of the best show what they can do in an Indy car.
MFW correspondent John offers his thoughts and observations from being on the ground on race day at Texas Motor Speedway, including a chance encounter with eventual race winner Helio Castroneves.
John Lingle shares his thoughts and observations following his first day at the track covering IndyCar for More Front Wing.
John recently spent some time with some of the drivers of the Pro Mazda Championship to get their thoughts on the 2013 season.
John looks ahead to potential additions to AJ Allmendinger’s IZOD IndyCar Series schedule with Penske Racing in 2013.