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Nikita Lastochkin moves to Exclusive Autosport

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Nikita Lastochkin will move to Exclusive Autosport in 2019 to compete in his third consecutive season in the Pro Mazda division of the Road to Indy ladder.

In 2018, the Russian-born driver finished ninth in the standings with Cape Motorsports.

“I’m extremely excited to come into the season and join Exclusive Autosport,” Lastochkin said at IndyCar.com. “From the testing we’ve completed so far, the car feels very quick and suits my driving style well. (Team principal) Michael (Duncalfe) has been very welcoming and helped me feel at home right away and I think we are going to have a great year ahead of us.”

In 2019, Exclusive Motorsports intends to run as many as three cars.

Last year, Parker Thompson finished second in the standings with Exclusive behind Juncos Racing’s Rinus Veekay.

“I am thrilled to welcome Nikita to the Exclusive Autosport Pro Mazda program,” Duncalfe said. “Nikita’s experience in the Road to Indy and maturity are great assets to the EA program. Overall, Nikita is a great fit with the Exclusive Autosport team. We are looking forward to a very positive and successful year with him in Pro Mazda.”

In two previous seasons in Pro Mazda, Lastochkin has earned a best finish of third at Road America.

WATCH LIVE: IndyCar Carb Day coverage on NBCSN

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It’s Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And that means hours of coverage for IndyCar fans, just days away from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.

Click here to watch online or on the NBC Sports app.

All this leads up to Sunday’s race (11 am ET on NBC), but don’t forget about Saturday’s Indy 500 parade coverage, which you can watch on NBC Sports Gold.