Victor Franzoni, Oliver Askew, Keith Donegan and Selin Rollan have selected the teams to which they will take their Mazda Road To Indy and Mazda Road
to 24 Scholarships for the 2018 racing season.
Over the course of eight seasons of the Mazda Road to Indy and 12 seasons of the Mazda Road to 24, Mazda has awarded over $12M in scholarships over the course of the program with $1.5M awarded for the 2018 racing season.
Using strong performances at the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone and the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch to be invited to the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout, Donegan, 20 from Navan, Ireland impressed the panel of judges who rewarded him with the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship. He has taken that scholarship to ArmsUp Motorsports.
Located near Road America in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arms Up Motorsports has fielded race-winning drivers in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda since first entering the championship in 2010. ArmsUp Motorsports also has numerous SCCA National Championships in Formula Continental to its credit.
"I'm super excited for the 2018 season," said Donegan. "Obviously I have much to learn such as the cars, the tracks, the team and even the country. But I can't wait for the challenge that lies ahead and I think we can do a really good job this year. ArmsUp Motorsport has a lot of experience in USF2000 and I believe that together we should be able to win races and hopefully the championship. Before the Shootout, I had never envisioned a way I could make a career out of racing. I've been dreaming of that ever since I was a kid, but the Mazda Road to Indy Scholarship has made that dream attainable and has relit the fire inside of me - I'm going to grab this opportunity with both hands and give it everything I can."
"The $200,000 Mazda Road to Indy Shootout has been recognized world-wide as the key entry point to a clear path to the top rungs of IndyCar racing," said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. "For the second year in a row, well over a dozen drivers from all around the globe came to be part of the final on-track selection process. We are so grateful to be able to provide this program to the industry and all the young talent and families looking to grow their careers. We are thrilled to welcome Keith into the Mazda family with the well-established ArmsUp squad and wish him a very successful rookie season in the USF2000 Championship. We hope we can keep him here in the Mazda Road to Indy program for years to come."
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24) program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy (#MRTI) is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Mazda is also the title sponsor of the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Follow all of the latest news at MazdaMotorsports.com, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.