Neil Alberico is returning to the Mazda Road to Indy program in 2014, competing in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires series. The Californian will be part of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing’s new efforts, reuniting with the team after finishing second in the 2013 USF2000 Championship title fight. The Californian will battle for top honors in the second rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, which trains and develops the future stars of IndyCar.
“I am very excited to be a part of this exciting new venture with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing,” said Alberico. “I think keeping the entire team together is a huge advantage as a rookie going into this year’s Pro Mazda season. Big thanks the Capes brothers for making it all happen. It should be another fun year of racing with the boys!”
Alberico’s quest for Pro Mazda glory will feature a familiar cast supporting the 21 year-old racer under the Cape Motorsports banner. The Florida-based squad is adding a Pro Mazda program to its championship-winning efforts in the USF2000 Championship and F1600 Formula F Championship Series. The Alberico/Cape Motorsports partnership has proved to be a race-winning combination thus far, with the Racelite Protection/Bondurant School of High Performance Driving/eFormulaCarNews.com/J&M Trophies/OMP America-backed driver visiting victory lane 11 times this past season en route to winning the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, and finishing as the USF2000 Championship runner-up.
“We view this as a natural progression for the team,” team owners Dominic and Nicholas Cape said in a statement. “We believe in the Road to Indy program, and we are excited to be competing in Pro Mazda. Neil is a great driver, and we couldn’t be happier to continue to work with him and help him develop his skills.”
The racing action for Alberico in his new Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing entry gets underway on Feb. 21-22, with the opening two rounds of Cooper Tires Winterfest at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, La. The final two races of the “off-season” series take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., on Feb. 25-26.
Prior to the races, the annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test will be conducted at Barber Motorsports Park on Dec. 9-10. The chase for the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title starts on March 29-30, with Rounds 1 and 2 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.