Mazda Road To Indy Chris Griffis Memorial Test driver bios

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Parker Kligerman – No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Parker Kligerman at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2014 (photo courtesy of PK Racing)

Parker Kligerman at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2014 (photo courtesy of PK Racing)

Basics:

About:

  • managed by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver coach Bob Perona
  • will be making his first venture into open-wheel formula cars since 2006, when he won 11 of 16 races on the way to the Formula TR Pro Series Championship
  • after hitting a funding dead end, he made the foray into front engine cars, spending a couple of seasons wheeling USAC Midgets
  • made his first stock car start in 2008 and in 2009 he scored 9 wins on the way to a runner-up finishing in ARCA
  • 50 NASCAR Camping World Series truck starts including a win and 5th in the 2012 championship
  • 51 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, that includes a 9th in the 2013 championship
  • 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts, with 8 of them coming in 2014
  • is an analyst on NASCAR America on the NBC Sports Network.

Quote:

Ever since I drove a go-kart for the first time, my quest was to advance to the top levels of open-wheel racing,” said Kligerman. “After winning an open-wheel championship in 2006, I found myself on a different path; driving stock cars. I spent five years in the top three NASCAR divisions, but unfortunate circumstances rerouted my path earlier this year.

I’ve always looked for opportunities that can further my career, so I want to thank Sam [Schmidt] and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for this opportunity in Indy Lights to test an open-wheel car for the first time in eight years. Although it will be a challenge, I’m looking forward to having fun and working with a championship-caliber, open-wheel team.

 

Alan Sciuto – No. 10 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 

Basics:

  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Orange, CA

About:

  • last race was a 2nd place finish behind Simona de Silvestro at the 2008 Atlantic Championship race in Long Beach
  • made Atlantic Championship debut as a 17 year-old in 2005, and scored a pole and two top 4’s in 3 races
  • contested the full 2006 and 2007 Atlantic Championship seasons, finishing eight both times
  • also has experience in Skip Barber, Formula Ford 2000, Formula BMW and Pro Mazda
  • had an outstanding karting career and was part of the 2003 Red Bull Formula 1 driver search

Dalton Kellett – No. 17 Pabst Racing 

Dalton Kellett (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Dalton Kellett (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Basics:

About:

  • just completed his rookie Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire campaign, coming home in 10th in the championship, which included one podium and nine top 10 finishes
  • made on Indy Lights start, at Baltimore, with Pabst Racing in 2013
  • contested the 2012 and 2013 USF2000 championships with Pabst Racing, amassing 8 top 10’s along the way
  • scored 3rd place in the 2011 Ontario Formula Ford Championship
  • had an impressive karting career that included coming 2nd in the Canadian Karting Championship in 2010
  • currently in his 4th year at prestigious Queens University in Kingston Ontario, studying engineering physics

Spencer Pigot – No. 42 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Spencer Pigot (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Spencer Pigot (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Basics:

About:

  • just won the 2014 Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire championship, leading in wins (6), poles (5) and laps led
  • 3rd place in the just completed 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada
  • 4th place in 2013 Pro Mazda Championship
  • 2nd place in both the 2011 and 2012 USF2000 championships, scoring 8 wins in 2012
  • two time Team USA scholarship winner
  • also has experience in Skip Barber and various Formula Ford series
  • had a successful karting career under the tutelage of Jay Howard
  • born in Pasadena, CA, grew up in Orlando, FL and currently lives in Indianapolis, IN

Quote:

My season in Pro Mazda had a great ending, but there were some points that were very challenging and helped me grow as a driver,” Pigot said. “I learned how to bounce back from setbacks, and I hope to put that new knowledge to great use next season in Indy Lights.

The Indy Lights car has more downforce, which is a lot of fun for me,” he said. “I really enjoyed the car last year in my test. It handles better and brakes better than the Pro Mazda car, and I can’t wait to get back to it with SPM, a team that knows this car better than anyone

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Florian Latorre – No. 2 Cape Motorsports w/ Wayne Taylor Racing

Florian Latorre (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Florian Latorre (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Basics:

About:

  • just won the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda championship, which included three wins, 8 podiums and top 10’s in all but one of the 14 races
  • contested the 2013 USF2000 series and came home in 6th places, scoring 2 podiums
  • his first year in ‘cars’ was in 2012 when he took part in the French F4 championship
  • has an extensive karting background, including the X30 Junior European Championship

 

Jose Gutierrez – No. 5 Juncos Racing

Jose Gutierrez (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Jose Gutierrez (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Basics:

About:

  • just completed his first full season in cars, a 7th place finish in the Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire championship, that included one win, one pole and two podiums
  • in 2013, contested partial seasons of Pro Mazda and Latam Formula 2000
  • his uncle and grandfather were both race car drivers
  • started karting at age four with impressive wins in the Rotax Mini Max Championship and Mexican Grand National Championship

Quote

I can’t wait to get back in the car,” said Gutiérrez. “It’s awesome to test with Juncos Racing in Indy. There are a lot of good memories there. Let’s keep the momentum from the win in Sonoma and try our best to be one of the fastest in the test.

Garett Grist – No. 6 Juncos Racing

Garett Grist (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Garett Grist (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Basics:

About:

  • just completed his first season in Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire with an 8th place championship finish that included, two wins, three poles, 100 laps led
  • was third in the 2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda championship with one win
  • scored third in the F1600 Championship in 2012 and represented Canada at the Formula Ford Festival
  • 2011 saw him score second in the Ontario Formula Ford championship
  • started karting at age 6

Quote:

“I’m very excited for this weekend’s test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Juncos Racing,” said Grist. “It’ll be my first time working with them, so we will see how it goes. It will be cool to try a different car to see the similarities and differences. I’m looking forward to working with them and continuing to learn.”

 

Austin Cindric – No. 7 Juncos Racing

Austin Cindric (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Austin Cindric (Photo Courtesy of Andersen Promotions)

Basics:

About:

  • just completed his second Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda season with Pabst Racing, scoring a second place finish in the oval race at Lucas Oil Raceway
  • his 2014 has also included races in Pirelli World Challenge and Global Rally Cross
  • started his open wheel career in Skip Barber after racing Legends cars in the Charlotte, NC area
  • racing is in his blood, he is the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric and Megan (Trueman) who is the daughter of Jim Trueman

Quote:

“I am very excited about the opportunity to drive at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test with Juncos Racing,” said Cindric. “This test will be my first time in a Pro Mazda car. I expect to learn quite a bit in my two days with such an experienced group like Juncos Racing.”

 

Timothe Buret – No. 18 Juncos Racing

Basics:

  • Age: 19
  • Hometown: Montpellier, FRANCE

About:

  • tested a Formula E car for China Racing
  • competed in the 2013 V de V single seater championship in France

Quote:

“I am extremely honored to test with Juncos Racing, the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship team during the upcoming Chris Griffis Memorial Test,” said Buret. “My weekend objectives are to learn the Pro Mazda car, the team working method, and the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit to prepare for the 2015 championship. Ultimately this weekend is also a great opportunity to gauge my speed with the best Pro Mazda drivers.”

 

Neil Alberico – No. 27 Andretti Autosport

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Michael Johnson – No. 54 JDC Motorsports

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