Mazda Road to Indy 2015 schedules released

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The 2015 schedules for the Mazda Road to Indy ladder – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – will feature an expanded schedule of 16 races with some exciting new venues added to the traditional mix of circuits.

All three series will end with the Pirelli World Challenge season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September, which will serve as the MRTI trip to the Bay Area after all championships raced at Sonoma Raceway this year. Sonoma is now dropped from the MRTI schedule.

Indy Lights will race at nine venues, including eight race weekends with the Verizon IndyCar Series. Doubleheaders make up a majority of the schedule with all road and street races doubleheaders except for Long Beach; oval races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Milwaukee Mile and Iowa Speedway are single-race events. Iowa makes its return for Indy Lights in 2015 after a one-year hiatus.

Pro Mazda and USF2000 run similar schedules. They’ll be with IndyCar at St. Petersburg, NOLA, Barber, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend, Toronto and Mid-Ohio. Pro Mazda will also race at Iowa.

The traditional Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway will see the Pro Mazda and USF2000 races rebadged as the Freedom 90 and Freedom 75, respectively, and shifted to the afternoon from night.

SCHEDULES

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2015 Schedule

March 27-29      Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida* (1.8-mile street course)
April 17-19	 Streets of Long Beach, California (1.968-mile street course)
April 24-26	 Barber Motorsports Park* (2.38-mile road course)
May 7-9          Indianapolis Motor Speedway* (2.439-mile road course)
May 22           Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval)
June 12-14       Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada* (1.755-mile street course)
July 11-12       The Milwaukee Mile (1.015-mile oval)
July 17-18       Iowa Speedway (.875-mile oval)
July 31-August 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course* (2.258-mile road course)
September 11-13  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca* (2.238-mile road course)
* Doubleheader Event

Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires 2015 Schedule

March 27-29      Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida* (1.8-mile street course)
April 10-12	 NOLA Motorsports Park* (2.75-mile road course)
April 24-26	 Barber Motorsports Park* (2.38-mile road course)
May 7-9          Indianapolis Motor Speedway* (2.439-mile road course)
May 23           Lucas Oil Raceway (.686-mile oval)
June 12-14       Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada* (1.755-mile street course)
July 17-18       Iowa Speedway (.875-mile oval)
July 31-August 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course* (2.258-mile road course)
September 11-13  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca* (2.238-mile road course)

Cooper Tires Winterfest
February 19/20   NOLA Motorsports Park** (2.75-mile road course)
February 25/26   Barber Motorsports Park** (2.38-mile road course)
** Tripleheader Event

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda 2015 Schedule

March 27-29      Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida* (1.8-mile street course)
April 10-12	 NOLA Motorsports Park* (2.75-mile road course)
April 24-26	 Barber Motorsports Park* (2.38-mile road course)
May 7-9          Indianapolis Motor Speedway* (2.439-mile road course)
May 23           Lucas Oil Raceway (.686-mile oval)
June 12-14       Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada* (1.755-mile street course)
July 31-August 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course** (2.258-mile road course)
September 11-13  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca* (2.238-mile road course)
* Doubleheader Event
**Tripleheader Event

Cooper Tires Winterfest
February 19/20 NOLA Motorsports Park**(2.75-mile road course)
February 25/26 Barber Motorsports Park** (2.38-mile road course)
** Tripleheader Event

Upcoming tests will take place at Palm Beach International Raceway on December 16/17, the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course on January 26/27 and oval on January 29, NOLA Motorsports Park on February 17/18 and Barber Motorsports Park on February 23/24.

TV

Indy Lights will continue to enjoy one-hour race broadcasts on the NBC Sports Network with primarily same-day coverage as well as live broadcasts on the IMS Radio Network to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR app from Verizon. ESPN International holds the international broadcast rights with races airing in Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Australia amongst others. The popular RoadToIndy.TV will continue to provide behind-the-scenes access to all competitors on the Mazda Road to Indy.

Pro Mazda will visit nine circuits next year with five road course, two street circuit and two oval events while USF2000 contests eight venues with five road course, two street circuit and one oval round. Four one-hour highlight shows on the NBC Sports Network and MOTORS TV in Europe will continue in 2015.

Bryan Sellers aims to be first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Champion

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Bryan Sellers will leave the familiar confines of his Paul Miller Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and head into the unknown in 2019.

At the age of 36, Sellers has 25 years of competitive racing behind him and is turning his attention to the battery-powered Jaguar I-PACE sedan that he will driver for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – something he describes as “the way of the future.”

Racing for Ohio native Bobby Rahal, it is a connection that brings him home to his roots. Sellers was born in Centerville, Ohio. 

“I’m very proud to be a part of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Sellers said in a press release. “I grew up in Ohio watching Bobby (Rahal) win races and build an incredible racing program and it will be nice to finally get to see it from the inside.”

Sellers’ electric-powered Jaguar won’t have the same horsepower as the V10 Lamborghini that he steered to victory in the 2018 IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car championship with co-driver Madison Snow and Katherine Legge.

At his heart, Sellers is a  racer chasing a championship and it’s not the horsepower but the potential for close competition that drives him. Next year, he has an opportunity to win the first ever Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship.

In 2016, Jaguar joined the Formula E series. Now they are looking to make history with the world’s first all-electric production-based international race series that will compete at 10 venues next year in support of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The series’ 10 venues will be international, racing on tracks in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, China, Italy, Mexico, France, Monaco, Germany and the USA, which will showcase electric cars on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, in July.

“Electric cars are clearly the way of the future and to be involved with the first electric production car racing series is very important to me,” Sellers said. “I’m very thankful to everyone at RLL and Jaguar for giving me this opportunity.”

Sellers raced fulltime in the American LeMans Series from 2005 through 2013 – amassing four victories and two other podium finishes. In 30 career races in the Grand-Am Series, he added three more visits to the podium.

But it was last year that was clearly the highlight for Sellers. For the second time in his career, he scored multiple wins in a series (Sellers had two wins in ALMS in 2011), but he stood on the podium eight times in addition to winning the championship.

Joining Sellers in the I-PACE eTROPHY Championship Jaguar next year will be Legge, who was one of his co-drivers in 2018.

“Experience, maturity and pace are very important qualities that I was looking for when we chose our driver lineup,” said Rahal, the former IndyCar Champion and Indy 500 winner.

The series will kickoff with the Formula E season-opener in Riyadh on December 15, 2018. They will not run in conjunction with the next two Formula E rounds and will rejoin for most of the remainder of the 2019 season.