Mazda Road to Indy: Andretti down to one driver in Indy Lights

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During first three races of the Indy Lights’ season in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system, at St. Petersburg and Long Beach, Andretti Autosport had two drivers in its stable: Shelby Blackstock and former Pro Mazda champion Matthew Brabham.

However, Brabham doesn’t have a full season deal in place and after finishing seventh once and P11 in two races, it’s down to Blackstock.

Blackstock has fared slightly better through those three races, finishing 10th and 11th in the two St. Petersburg events and then climbing into the Top 10 at P9 last weekend at Long Beach.

“We’ve had a couple of really rough weekends so far,” Blackstock said in a release. “This is the first road course that the Indy Lights series has gone to this season, so we are hoping that our luck changes and we turn things around. I want to thank everyone for their support and hard work through this tough time but hopefully we can go to Barber Motorsports Park and get a solid result.”

Blackstock was promoted to Indy Lights this year after earning one win, three pole positions, 13 podiums and 18 top-five finishes in two seasons in the Pro Mazda level.

At the Pro Mazda level, Andretti Autosport could be in a good position to visit the winner’s circle at Barber. One of their drivers, Weiron Tan of Malaysia, nearly swept the two races Winterfest races at Barber, running P2 in race one and claiming the win in race 2.

Tan raced to P2 in one race at NOLA Motorsports Park two weeks ago.