Just announced: Mazda has ended its nine year association with Andersen Promotions, promoter of the Road to Indy which sanctions USF2000, Pro Mazda, and Indy Lights.
A statement from John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports, said it was time for Mazda to focus its “resources on other areas of our motorsports footprint.” Mazda will continue its association with Andersen Promotions through the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup series.
Dan Andersen thanked Mazda for their participation and said his company is committed to maintaining the ladder structure currently in place.
” We are currently in discussions with several potential companies as we actively pursue a new partner.”
I have no doubt Dan Andersen can find a new partner. I have no idea which companies he is talking with. I doubt if Honda or Chevy are involved. Could it be someone who is also interested in being a third OEM for Indycar? Possibly but not likely. A manufacturer involved in both series would give the appearance of having an advantage with the information gained in the Road to Indy program.
Mazda has been a great partner. I hope the next engine partner will further the program and help strengthen Indy Lights.
I will have more as this story develops.