Andretti Autosport Mazda Road to Indy Driver Breaks Season Win Record

Pro Mazda Championship racer Matthew Brabham wheeled the No. 83 machine to a record-setting wins in Trois-Rivieres this last weekend. Recording his 10th and 11th victories of the season, the 19-year-old set a new series record for most wins, as well as most podium finishes (13) in one season and clinched the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship title.

The American's Mazda-powered Andretti Autosport car hit the 1.53-mile Canadian circuit featuring the branding of longtime Mazda Road to Indy supporter and Andretti Autosport partner AFS Racing. AFS Racing officially came on board before the Aug. 4 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and will see Brabham
through the 2013 season and possibly beyond.

As part of the Mazda Road to Indy program, Brabham will receive the MAZDASPEED Motorsport scholarship helping to grant him a spot to race in 2014 as part of the next ladder step, Firestone Indy Lights; this will be Brabham's second consecutive year to win the scholarship after securing the USF2000 championship title in 2012 to ensure a ride in 2013's Pro Mazda fight.

"It was fantastic to have AFS Racing come on board and help us win the championship. Gary (Peterson) and AFS have helped many great young drivers in their careers and I'm honored to be now be part of that select group. I'm looking forward to exploring further development of my career with AFS and Andretti Autosport."

"AFS is proud to be a part of Brabham's success," said AFS Racing owner and former racer Gary Peterson. "He's on his way to winning the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship in the AFS/Andretti Autosport car after clinching both races in Canada. It has been a primary focus of AFS to mentor young, up-and-coming drivers. Brabham will be one of a long list of talented young drivers we've worked with over the last 11 years. I've had the pleasure to get to know each of these great drivers and their families and I'm looking forward to helping Brabham take the necessary steps forward in his career."

The AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport pairing has enjoyed success, winning two Firestone Indy Lights championships with drivers Raphael Matos (2008) and JR Hildebrand (2009). AFS/Andretti also joined forces in 2009 and 2010 with IZOD IndyCar Series entries piloted by Franck Montagny and Adam Carroll.

Furthermore, drivers Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Sebastian Saavedra have all carried the familiar red and yellow of AFS Racing.

 

I am quite exited to come back to long beach. It's a place that has threaded me very well in the past and want to keep that good momentum with Indycar. 

We have the speed and the race pace, we are lacking in couple aspects which I believe we have already sorted out from previous races. 

We've been very close to get into the top 6 in qualy and that's one of my objectives this weekend, but giving the team the first top 10 finish is our main focus. one of many this season

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INDYCAR Nation, INDYCAR's official fan club, has spoken and  James Hinchcliffe, Sebastian Saavedra and Zach Veach have all been voted 'Favorite Driver of the Year.' It was nearly a 'clean sweep' for Andretti Autosport, with Shelby Blackstock coming in second in the USF2000 category.

James Hinchcliffe is taking home the 'Favorite Driver' award in the IZOD IndyCar Series category for the first year. The Toronto native just completed his first full season with Andretti Autosport, after earning IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year in 2011. He finished the 2012 season eighth in the championship points standings with eight top-ten finishes in the No. 27 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. It became clear early in the season that "The Mayor of Hinchtown" would be a fan favorite when the grassroots "Hinch for Homepage" campaign hit social media and landed Hinchcliffe on the homepage of GoDaddy.com.

"It's really an honor to be selected by the fans as their favorite driver," said Hinchclife. "First, I get elected Mayor, then I got on the Go Daddy homepage and now I'm the fan's favorite. It's been a great year and I can't wait to get back on the track in 2013 and keep it up. But the fans are what it's really all about. I was a fan once, and still am, so to be picked by them is really special."

Two new venues, doubleheaders and Triple Crown among highlights

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012) – Nineteen races over 16 event weekends highlight the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule announced today.

The expanded schedule includes the return of Indy car racing to Pocono Raceway and the streets of Houston.

With a 400-mile race at Pocono Raceway joining the 500-mile events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway on the schedule, the IZOD IndyCar Series will institute a Triple Crown award, which will pay a $1 million bonus to a driver that wins on all three ovals.  A driver that wins two of the three races will be awarded a $250,000 bonus.   

Also new for 2013 are Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders scheduled for the street courses at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, Toronto and Houston and the implementation of standing starts at those three venues.

Saavedra had qualified on the pole for the Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100, but finished 14th due to a mechanical failure with the gearbox. He was the only driver to compete in both the Indy Lights and IndyCar series races today.

 "This was a very disappointing way of ending the season," said Saavedra. "I know how much effort my AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport team has put into it. We have been working very hard in both Firestone Indy Lights and IndyCar, but that is racing I guess. It is unfortunate, but we have to keep our heads up."  

Baltimore Highlights FIL 2012

Saavedra qualified on the pole for today's Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100, but finished 14th due to a mechanical failure with the gearbox. He will now race in tonight's MAVTV500 in the No. 17 AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport machine.

Sebastian Saavedra, Team AFS Racing / Andretti Autosport, No. 27

Saavedra is the Sunoco Pole Award winner for tomorrow's Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100. He will also qualify for the MAVTV100 to race both Firestone Indy Lights and the IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend.

"It was great to have Carlos go ahead of us, he gave me great information that I used for my run, and that was it. We've had great cars, we tested here very early in the season and for sure, we built up good momentum. I am very excited about this pole, it's one more point that we have in the championship. For me, there is one more qualifying session to go."