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The Interview/Dan Andersen

The American promoter, who manages the American ladder to IndyCar and beyond, has put his trust

and confidence into the Tatuus project. Andersen explains us the philosophy behind the series and why,

when he was called to resurrect USF2000, he decided to call his old Italian partners

‐ Mister Andersen, what can you tell us about the Mazda Road to

Indy and its philosophy?

«The Mazda Road to Indy exists to provide proper and complete

training for career‐minded open‐wheel drivers while also training


engineers, mechanics and many other connected individuals. The

results are very positive. The top ranks of

racing are populated with graduates who are

succeeding as drivers or professionals in a

variety of positions

within racing. Our training of drivers is not

just on‐track. We make a

serious effort to provide media training,

fitness training, data training

and training in other specific areas that a

professional driver will need.

We train on road courses, street circuits and

ovals to fully prepare our

graduates for IndyCar».

‐ What are the main features of the Cooper Tires USF2000

Championship powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda

Championship presented by Cooper Tires?

«The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is, for

many drivers, the first professional step of their career ladder. Our

series includes all three circuit types and a scholarship package to move

them up to the next rung. The budgets to

run a season are extremely reasonable, and

the new USF‐17 car contains all the tools and

performance characteristics needed to

properly prepare a driver. The Pro Mazda

Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

takes the performance up a bit, moving from

175 HP to 275 HP, with added aero elements

and larger tires to continue the progression

in a driver's training. Competition gets

keener, and the scholarship package

increases to provide funding for the step to

Indy Lights».

“With Tatuus, the Road To Indy

is ready for its next step”