2015 Mazda Road to Indy Cooper Tires Winterfest schedule set

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February will once again see the now traditional Cooper Tires Winterfest back in action for the fifth time.

Both the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will race six-race schedules, while Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams will take part in a comprehensive test comprising over 14 hours of track time with the new AER-powered Dallara IL-15.

The outing for the Mazda Road to Indy will kick off at NOLA Motorsports Park just outside of New Orleans, La., on February 18/19/20 and will move to Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala., on February 24/25/26.

Three races for USF2000 and Pro Mazda will be on deck at each circuit with competitors vying for an enhanced prize money package of $50,000 and early bragging rights on the southern road courses. Indy Lights teams posting the fastest lap time at each track will be awarded one free set of Cooper tires.

“The Cooper Tires Winterfest provides a great first glimpse of the talent we have onboard for the upcoming season,” Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, said in a release. “It’s a chance to welcome new and returning drivers and also watch our graduates take their next steps on the ladder. Obviously, I am especially excited this year with the debut of the Dallara IL-15 and very much look forward to seeing the progress our teams make with this new package after such a successful prototype testing program.

“I want to thank our tremendous partners at Cooper Tires for continuing to support this pre-season championship as well as enhancing the prize package for our competitors.”

Added Chris Pantani, Cooper Tire Director of Motorsports, “After the exciting finish in all classes for the 2014 championships, we cannot wait to see who the front-runners will be. The Cooper Tires Winterfest is the first chance to see the 2015 teams and drivers begin, or defend, their title quest.”

A full schedule for the Cooper Tires Winterfest is available on the series’ respective websites. The 2015 Mazda Road to Indy “regular” season race calendar for each series will be announced in the coming weeks.