Formula Ford forms alliance with Mazda Road To Indy ladder system
The revamped Australian Formula Ford Series has received a boost for competitors with the announcement of an alliance with the INDYCAR-sanctioned Mazda Road to Indy ladder system in the US.
The alliance will see both the Formula Ford Association and Mazda Road to Indy promoters, Andersen Promotions, work together to provide Australian Formula Ford competitors with a defined pathway to the Verizon IndyCar series and Indianapolis 500.
The Mazda Road to Indy ladder system is the defined pathway to race Indy Cars in the US starting with USF2000 and leading to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the main feeder category to Indy Cars, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
The alliance will see the winner of the Australian Formula Ford Series be offered a two day USF2000 test in the US as well as the opportunity to receive a financial incentive to compete in the entire USF2000 series.
The USF2000 powered by Mazda series is a one make, wings and slicks category that is based on a Van Diemen Formula Ford style chassis and powered by a 2 litre, 4 cylinder Mazda engine. The cars are a great stepping stone for Formula Ford drivers with many Australian drivers including Luke Ellery and Scott Andrews having tasted the USF2000 cars successfully.