Aug 29, 2018/ 12:12
Aug 29, 2018/ 12:12
The Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development program will kick off with the 2019 season with the annual Spring Training Open Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 2-4.
The ladder system, which offers a series of scholarships to assist young drivers in progressing all the way from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series, will continue for a 10th consecutive season. As recently confirmed by IndyCar, the value of the Indy Lights champion’s scholarship prize will rise to $1.1 million next season, ensuring entry into a minimum of three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.
Next year’s Spring Training will comprise three days of on-track action on the 2.21-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway road course. The first two rungs on the open-wheel ladder, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, will each get four hours of testing time on Saturday and Sunday, March 2–3.
The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field will have its own dedicated day of action on Monday, March 4, comprising five hours of track time on the road course.
In addition to testing, Spring Training will include the Road to Indy Driver Summit Program, which provides the warmup for the start of the regular season on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 8–10.
Activities include a comprehensive competition presentation, media training and unique presentations on the sixth annual Cooper Tires social media hashtag program and Road to Indy TV, which returns for its sixth season.
In related news, Mazda announced the company will end its sponsorship of the Road to Indy program after 2018.
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