Victor Franzoni moves up to Pro Mazda with M1 Racing

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Victor Franzoni will move up from the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series into Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires starting next weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in what was a surprise announcement late Friday night.

The Brazilian was one of four realistic championship contenders in USF2000, along with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammates Aaron Telitz and Nico Jamin and Pabst Racing’s Jake Eidson.

However Franzoni, who drove for Afterburner Autosport, was left in a tough position with the team assessed a two-event suspension following the most recent weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

Rather than join another team in USF2000, Franzoni will instead move up to Pro Mazda with M1 Racing.

“Victor is what a sponsor hopes to find to showcase their products — a top-tier driver who is well mannered and professional,” Jay Horak, an Expert class driver for M1, said in a release. “What he strives for in his racing career, we do in our products. We are a great fit. I think this is just the beginning of what should be a long relationship. We are very excited to be part of his path to the top.”