Pro Mazda – Season Opener at COTA Preview

Pro Mazda Championship LogoThe Pro Mazda Series Presented by Cooper Tires has the honor of being the first, and for this season, the only INDYCAR-sanctioned series to race at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. The Mazda Road to Indy teams and drivers have been at COTA all week testing and practicing for qualifying and racing today, and a racing tomorrow in support of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

Testing earlier in the week provided few genuine surprises, as we mentioned on our most recent podcast, Episode 177. Andretti Autosport’s Matthew Brabham, the 2012 Cooper Tires UFS2000 Series Powered by Mazda champion, set the pace in Sessions #1 and #2 yesterday, with Juncos Racing’s Diego Ferreira not too far behind. Diego topped the timesheets in Session #3 yesterday, edging Brabham by 0.075 s. The rest of the field had variable times and all were several tenths adrift of Matthew and Diego. The expected fast times from Spencer Pigot in the Team Pelfrey #81 machine never materialized. Spencer was P3, P5, and P4 in the three testing sessions and around a second back of P1 in all three sessions.

“I have been really looking forward to my first race with the Andretti Autosport team. Especially as it’s on the new COTA track. Testing last weekend went well and I really enjoyed the driving the track. The team and I are working hard and everything is going to plan so far. So I don’t see why we can’t carry this momentum into the upcoming race this weekend and go for the win. It exciting to finally get back into race mode and get this season underway.” — Matthew Brabham, #83 Andretti Autosport

That all changed this morning as Spencer set the fastest time in the first practice session with a lap time of 2:02.618. The fastest lap in the previous testing sessions was set by Diego Ferreira with a 2:02.794 time. Diego was three tenths off of Spencer’s time this morning and looks to be the most consistent driver over the testing and practice sessions. That consistency will serve him well if it continues throughout the season. Brabham’s morning time put him in P6, two full seconds off of Pigot’s time. He only put in 5 laps, compared to the 10-12 laps everyone was running. My supposition is that he was conserving tyres in preparation for qualifying and Race #1 this afternoon.

Qualifying begins at 12:00pm EST today with the race scheduled for 4:25pm EST. Tomorrow’s warm-up begins bright and early at 8:00am EST, and Race #2 is stated to start at 1:10pm EST. You can follow the action via live timing and scoring at

Entry List for Pro Mazda Season Opener at the Circuit of the Americas

No. Driver Hometown Team Sponsors
2 Jose Gutierrez Monterrey, Mexico Martiga D D Martiga D D
9 Juan Piedrahita Bogota, Colombia JDC MotorSports Petrosur/Sisolec/GFK Motors/Red Line Oil
11 Juan Acosta Cali, Colombia M1 Racing Studio F/Ela Special
16 Lloyd Read Newport, Wales JDC MotorSports Read Motorsports/Aerocraft Design/Maaco/Red Line Oil
18 Kyle Kaiser San Jose, California World Speed Motorsports InterVision/NetApp/Juniper Networks/Riverbed
28 Shelby Blackstock Nashville, Tennessee Andretti Autosport Team Starstruck
37 Jay Horak Mesa, Arizona AutoEnginuity Star Race Cars
44 Scott Anderson Fort Collins, Colorado Juncos Racing Neuropathy Testing Center/Laser Nail Centers/OtterCares/Sparco/Bell
48 Patrick Linn Pittsburgh, PA PRL Motorsports PRL Motorsports
57 Diego Ferreira Maracay, Venezuela Juncos Racing Team Vi5o Venezuela/Mindeporte
66 Zack Meyer Toronto, Ontario, Canada JDC Motorsports Damis Partners III/Red Line Oil
75 Jeff Garibotti Chicago, Illinois Garibotti Racing TBA
80 Francisco Cerullo Caracas, Venezuela Linares Racing Taller Jackers/Mindeporte
81 Spencer Pigot Orlando, Florida Team Pelfrey Doug Mockett & Company/Gap Guard/ Scents/OMP
82 Petri Suvanto Nurmo, Finland Team Pelfrey
83 Matthew Brabham Boca Raton, Florida Andretti Autosport Team Andretti Autosport

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One Thought to “Pro Mazda – Season Opener at COTA Preview

  1. Brian McKay in Florida

    I’m following Spencer Pigot this season!
    Will make Pro Mazda photos at the next two race weekends.

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