2016 Champions Jonathan Sugianto and Bruno Carneiro Become Semi-Finalists for the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout
One of these FCC Champions will be invited to the Mazda Road to Indy Scholarship Shootout to compete for a $200k Scholarship into the USF2000 Series
November 3rd, 2016
This season the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout will invite one racer from the 2016 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear championship. The shootout invites champions of select junior level open-wheel and karting series from around the world. 2016 Formula Car Challenge champions Jonathan Sugianto and Bruno Carneiro have qualified as semi-finalists for this invitation.
“We are very pleased to be officially recognized as a breeding ground for future Mazda Road to Indy superstars, and we are even more excited to send one of our own champions to the shootout. We are proud to have young drivers like Bruno and Jonathan in our series, and we know either one of them would be a great choice for the scholarship.” stated Formula Car Challenge President Telo Stewart.
The Shootout will be an unprecedented event, bringing the champions of North American and international series together for the first time in a knockout-style format. The overall winner will be awarded a $200K scholarship from Mazda to enter USF2000 in 2017. A total of 15 drivers will be invited to the shootout. “Mazda prides itself on providing the most comprehensive scholarship and ladder system for drivers in open wheel and sports cars,” said John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports in North America. “Now, with the Scholarship Shootout, we can expand the Mazda Road to Indy entry-level opportunity to young champions from around the world. From an aggressive grassroots program to a well-defined ladder system to the top levels of racing in North America, Mazda strives to help develop superstars of the future.”
“The response from the various series about this new program has been incredible and we are thrilled to have them as partners as we help the rising stars of the sport take the next step in their career in USF2000 on the Mazda Road to Indy path,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “I have to thank our terrific partner Mazda for thinking outside the box and opening up this opportunity to so many more drivers. It will be exciting to bring together all of the series champions and watch them compete.”
Details on how the Formula Car Challenge driver will be chosen are available here.
About the Mazda Road to Indy
Since its launch in 2010, the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system has attracted competitors from around the globe. Drivers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Finland, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Wales and Zimbabwe have been part of the grids, showcasing their talents at premier venues on a mix of road courses, temporary street circuits and ovals.
From “The World’s Fastest Spring Break Party” in St. Petersburg, Fla., to “America’s #1 Street Race” in Long Beach, Calif., to “one of the most beautiful race tracks in North America” named by Road & Track in Birmingham, Ala., and the famed Brickyard – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – drivers compete on the Verizon IndyCar Series stage in front of large crowds and television cameras as well as team owners, sponsors and media.
Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the Mazda Road to Indy provides drivers, teams and sponsors an opportunity to gain valuable experience on and off the track while following a clear-cut path of progression through three development series: Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Visit: http://www.indycar.com/RoadToIndy