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.
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.