Drivers Announced for MRTI Shootout
The stage is now set for the second annual Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout on December 9 and 10 at the Bondurant Race School. The judges were announced, and now the competitors have been revealed.
“Oliver Askew is proof of what this event can provide,” said Kyle Kimball, manager of operations for Mazda Motorsports. “He won the Shootout and then went on to win another Mazda Scholarship as the USF2000 champion. The Shootout brings the most talented drivers from around the globe to find who will become the next Mazda scholarship winner, and we can’t wait to see which of these young drivers will prevail.”
The MRTI ladder was developed as a way to progress drivers through the open-wheel ranks, eventually leading to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Drivers begin in USF2000, followed by Pro Mazda, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and then IndyCar. Notably, the champion at each level receives a scholarship to put towards a ride at the next level.
The shootout was developed last year by Mazda to include champions from a select group of junior level open-wheel and karting series around the globe. There was an option for 20 entry tickets to be given out by series to their Champions, with the only other requirement being each competitor must be between the age 14 and 25 as of September 30. The winner of the shootout earns a $200,000 prize from Mazda to allow them to compete in USF2000 in 2018.
The shootout kicks off with a welcome reception and dinner on Friday, followed by a full slate of on-track activity with instructor feedback throughout Saturday. The field will be narrowed down following another on-track session on Sunday, with those remain taking part in a qualifying sessions and a 30-minute race. The judges will then meet for a final time to select the winner of the Shootout.
The competitors named for the shootout consist of:
“This year presents another outstanding driver line up for the Shootout,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “All of these drivers have impressed with their talent, and the judges are going to have a difficult decision to make on Sunday.
“This event is very special. It is tremendous to see rising stars from around the world come together, and I have to thank Mazda for its commitment to the next generation of racers.”
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