Exclusive Autosport announces driver for 2020 Indy Lights season

Exclusive Autosport announces driver for 2020 Indy Lights season

 

SASKATOON, SK (December 23, 2019) – Exclusive Autosport is happy to announce the return of Nikita Lastochkin to the team, making his debut in the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire season. The Russian-born, Los Angeles, CA resident will pilot the team’s #90 Dallara IL-15 featuring the Exclusive Autosport’s red and white livery with branding from his sponsor Russkaya Mekhanika. This will be the team’s first season in Indy Lights, but they have already shown in the series’ official winter test that they have serious pace, topping the speed charts in one of the five sessions earlier this month in Sebring.

 

“We are thrilled about our 2020 Indy Lights program and we’re equally excited to announce that Nikita, who ran with us in Indy Pro 2000 this past season, has chosen to take the next step in his career with Exclusive Autosport in our first year in the program,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “I am truly proud of the relationship that has been built with Nikita the past year. To me, it speaks volumes about his trust and belief in EA. Nikita showed extremely well at the first series test in Sebring and we can’t wait for the start of the year in St. Petersburg.”

Lastochkin began his racing career in 2013 in the Skip Barber and SCCA series, scoring many victories, all with his eyes on making the jump to the Road to Indy program. In 2015, Nikita began a two-year stint in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, where he earned a combined 24 top-10 finishes. In 2017, he set his sights on an Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires program (Pro Mazda, at the time) and the 28-year-old finished fifth in the championship standings, posting eight top-fives and 11 top-10s with a season-high result of third in both races at Road America. In 2018, Nikita was ninth overall in the Indy Pro 2000 championship fight with 10 top-10 finishes. Last year, Lastochkin completed his first season with Exclusive Autosport in Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires, gaining five top-five finishes and sixth overall in the championship battle.

 

“I am extremely happy to be able to work things out and make the step up to Indy Lights,” said Lastochkin. “It is a humbling experience every time I get in the car, since I could not imagine how I was going to make it this far a few years ago. ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way’ is what they say, and my plan is to just keep working hard and see how far we can take it. Exclusive Autosport is going to be my home on the Road To Indy for the second year and I am confident we are going to be able to make it a great debut in the new series. Michael and Kimberly Duncalfe have been amazing in building a team that I am happy to be a part of. Our first test at Sebring went well, we have a great group of people together for the Lights program and I am very excited for my first Indy Lights start in St. Pete.”

 

Exclusive Autosport is already preparing for the 2020 season, continuing with their winter testing program. Though this is EA’s first Indy Lights season, they are using the winter to mold the team and prepare to give Nikita a car that can contend for a win at every race. Lastochkin will join his EA teammate Braden Eves under the tent, as the reigning USF2000 champion was announced last week for his Indy Pro 2000 debut.

2020 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Schedule

2020 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Schedule

2020 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Schedule

Sunday, May 17: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park- Bowmanville, Ont.
Saturday, June 6: Jukasa Motor Speedway- Hagersville, Ont.
Saturday, June 27: Autodrome Chaudière- Vallee- Jonction, Que.
Saturday, July 4: Sunset Speedway- Innisfil, Ont.
Friday, July 10: Exhibition Place- Toronto, Ont.
Saturday, July 25: Edmonton International Raceway- Wetaskiwin, Alb.
Wednesday, July 29: Wyant Group Raceway*- Saskatoon, Sask.
Wednesday, July 29: Wyant Group Raceway*- Saskatoon, Sask.
Sunday, Aug. 9: Circuit Trois-Rivières- Trois-Rivières, Que.
Tuesday, Aug. 18: Ohsweken Speedway- Ohsweken, Ont.
Sunday, Sept. 6: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park- Bowmanville, Ont.
Saturday, Sept. 12: Circuit ICAR- Mirabel, Que.
Saturday, Sept. 26: Jukasa Motor Speedway- Hagersville, Ont.

*125-lap twin features

IndyCar reveals start times for all 17 races in 2020

IndyCar reveals start times for all 17 races in 2020

2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule with TV broadcast times

Date              Venue                 Eastern Time
March 15  St. Petersburg, FL 3.30pm
April 05  Barber Motorsports Park, AL 4.15pm
April 19  Long Beach, CA 4.45pm
April 26  Circuit of The Americas, TX 4.10pm
May 09  IMS Road Course, IN 3.50pm
May 24  Indianapolis 500, IMS 12.30pm
May 30  Detroit Race 1 3.50pm
May 31  Detroit Race 2 3.50pm
June 06  Texas Motor Speedway, TX 8.45pm
June 21  Road America, WI 12.50pm
June 27  Richmond Raceway, VA 8.15pm
July 12  Toronto, ON, Canada 3.40pm
July 18  Iowa Speedway, IA 9.00pm
August 16  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, OH 12.45pm
August 22  Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway, IL 8.45pm
September 6  Portland International Raceway. 3.40pm
September 20  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 3.25pm

James Vance returns to FastMD for the 2020 IMSA Season  @James_Vance

James Vance returns to FastMD for the 2020 IMSA Season @James_Vance

Canadian driver James Vance has been confirmed to remain with the FastMD Racing/Speed Syndicate Motorsports team for the 2020 IMSA season. In addition the team also announced that they will be fielding a second Audi RS3 in the TCR class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge series for 2020. The remainder of the driver lineup awaits confirmation.
Last year James and his driving partner Nick Galante finished in 6th place in the driver point standings in the TCR class.

FIA Canadian driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

FIA Canadian driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

 

FIA driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

Platinum

Spengler Bruno
Stroll Lance
Wickens Robert

 

Gold

Hargrove Scott
Hinchcliffe James
Marcelli Kyle
Wilkins Mark
Wittmer Kuno

 

Silver

Burkett Daniel
Bédard Olivier
Cho Steven
Claman Zachary
Daniel Jerimy
De Angelis Roman
Defrancesco Devlin
Di leo Marco
Di Meo Michael
Dumoulin Louis-Philippe
Ebenal Maxx
Fellows Samuel
Fidani Orey
Grenier Mikael
Grist Garett
Hurst Benjamin
Isman Adam
Kellett Dalton
Lazare Jesse
Mason Nelson
Maxwell Scott
Montour Louis-Philippe
Morad Daniel
Povoledo Aaron
Raimondo Gianmarco
Richard Robichon Zacharie
Ruscitti Remo
Rzadzinski Stefan
Simone Anthony
Strachan Malcolm
Tan Samantha
White Matthew
Wittmer Nick
Wittmer Kurt
Wittmer Karl

 

Bronze

Ali Fareed
Anassis Emmanuel
Baker Dean
Baker Bradley
Bentley Ross
Brown Noël
Cassels Cameron
Chi Charles
Chlumecky Michal
Cloutier Jerome
Clunie Jayson
Collingwood Thomas
Dalla lana Paul
Dayson James
Graham John
Kok Danny
Laberge Jean-Frederic
Lauziere Alain
Lovat Rick
Lu Wei
Mantella Anthony
McKaigue Kendrick Shaun
Nierop Kees
Ockey Damon
Pavan Mark
Roberts Fred
Shen John
Shen Wayne Wei
Signoretti Marco
Staikos George
Thomson Karl
Wilden Kenny
Wright Jeffrey