Alexander Rossi will make Le Mans 24-hour debut with Greaves Motorsport

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Alexander Rossi’s month of June just got a bit busier with the announcement Wednesday he will make his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 22-23. Rossi will race in the No. 41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan in the LMP2 class, with co-drivers Tom Kimber-Smith and Eric Lux. The American replaces Christian Zugel, a businessman and amateur driver, in the team’s lineup. Zugel’s family and business commitments will prevent his participation in this year’s race.

Rossi, 21, will participate in free practice one at the Canadian Grand Prix for Caterham, where he is one of the team’s two reserve drivers, on June 7. Le Mans is a week-plus event with the pre-race test day on June 9, scrutineering (technical inspection) the following Sunday and Monday and track activity beginning Wednesday, June 19.

“We are sorry to lose Christian from our Le Mans lineup, he has been an integral part of the team over the past two seasons and brings many elements from his business world that have helped us,” said team manager Jacob Greaves. “We are fortunate to have signed a driver of Alexander’s caliber and we are confident that we can combine our strengths to challenge for the LMP2 class victory at 90th anniversary Le Mans 24 Hours.”

A host of former Formula One and IndyCar pilots will be in the 56-car field for the race. Greaves had a car with Martin Brundle and son Alex a year ago, who co-drove with Lucas Ordonez.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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