Exclusive Autosport Signs Artem Petrov For INDY PRO 2000 Return

Exclusive Autosport Signs Artem Petrov For INDY PRO 2000 Return

SASKATOON, SK (March 1, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport is extremely excited to announce Russian open-wheel star Artem Petrov as their second Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver for the 2021 season. Petrov will pilot the team’s #42 red and white Tatuus PM-18 for his second full year of competition on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Petrov won two races last season, taking victories at Road America and Mid-Ohio en route to fourth in the overall championship standings.

 

“I’m glad to announce that this season I’ll be doing my job with Exclusive Autosport,” said Petrov. “I’m really looking forward to meeting every person inside of the team and to start working with them. Hopefully, many good moments are coming soon!”

Artem, like most drivers, got his start in karting at the young age of seven in St. Petersburg, Russia. He won the Russian Karting Championship (KF-J category) and Russian Cup in 2014 and finished sixth in the FIA World Karting Championship in 2015 with some wins and podiums in the WSK series and the Vega Trophy. In 2016, he made the move to cars competing in the Italian F4 championship, where he would finish fifth overall in the championship in 2017, securing two wins, nine podiums, and multiple pole and fast lap awards. In 2019, Artem came stateside to join the Road to Indy in Indy Pro 2000 with a limited program of three races to finish the season. This effort was highlighted by a seventh-place finish in his oval debut at World Wide Technology Raceway, and then a pair of top-fives at Portland and Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca. Having made an impact in his debut run, Petrov returned to the Indy Pro 2000 series in 2020, scoring his first win at Road America in July, following up with a second victory at Mid-Ohio late in the month. Since coming to the Road to Indy, Petrov has complied a strong result featuring 19 top-10s, 13 top-fives, seven podiums, one pole and two wins.

“It’s very exciting to have Artem join the team for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 season,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Exclusive Autosport Team Principal. “Artem has great work ethic and is a proven winner. The EA team strives for wins and championships, and I feel with Petrov and Eves leading the charge this year, we have a very good chance at our first championship. I’m looking forward to getting this season started and seeing how we stack up when we unload at Barber for the season opener.”

EA is working hard in preparation for the 2021 Road to Indy season opener at Barber Motorsports Park on April 15-18. The team will continue testing with their four confirmed drivers: Braden Eves, Christian Brooks, Billy Frazer, and now, Artem Petrov.

 

New Zealand’s Billy Frazer Joins Exclusive Autosport For 2021 USF2000 Campaign

New Zealand’s Billy Frazer Joins Exclusive Autosport For 2021 USF2000 Campaign

SASKATOON, SK (February 11, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport is excited to announce that 18-year-old Billy Frazer will be joining the EA team for the 2021 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season. Fresh off his New Zealand Formula Ford F1600 championship title and valuable experience in the recent Toyota Racing Series, Frazer is poised and ready for the next step of his racing career, the Road to Indy. Frazer will join the team in March, when he will take to the track for his first experience in the Tatuus USF-17.

 

“I am super excited to have teamed up with Michael Duncalfe and the Exclusive Autosport operation for this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 series,” said Frazer. “I am really looking forward to the challenge of racing a different car on different tracks in a new country. Heading to the States to race has always been a dream of mine and now that it is almost a reality. I can’t wait!”

 

Frazer got his start in karting at the young age of nine in 2012. He was successful in grabbing wins in his home country of New Zealand and he also went on to represent his country at the 2015 ROK Cup Superfinal in Italy, as well as the 2015 Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, running against some of the stiffest competition in the world. In 2017, Frazer made his first jump into cars by competing in a half season of Formula Vee before committing to a full season in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, Billy would finish fifth in the championship, but he would come back in 2019 to place third in the title chase. The 2020 season brought on new challenges as he moved up to the New Zealand Formula Ford F1600 series, where he won the championship in impressive fashion with 25 wins and 32 podiums in 36 races. The young New Zealander is currently racing in the Toyota Racing Series in preparation for his 2021 Road to Indy debut at Barber Motorsports Park in mid-March.

 

“I’m extremely happy that Billy has chosen to race with Exclusive Autosport this season,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “He is coming into the program with a lot of positive momentum from winning the 2020 New Zealand F1600 championship and competing in the 2021 TRS championship. Billy’s experience and winning attitude will be a valuable asset as he makes the move to the USF2000 Championship. I am looking forward to seeing Billy compete in an EA prepared Tatuus USF2000. I believe it’s going to be a great season for the EA team.”

 

Exclusive Autosport has continued its extensive off-season testing with confirmed drivers Braden Eves (Indy Pro 2000) and Christian Brooks (USF2000). The team will continue its testing schedule up until the Road to Indy’s Spring Training event at the beginning of April.

 

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Exclusive Autosport Welcomes Back Manuel Cabrera For USF2000 Program

Exclusive Autosport Welcomes Back Manuel Cabrera For USF2000 Program

SASKATOON, SK (March 5, 2020) – Exclusive Autosport is excited to announce the return of 19-year-old Manuel Cabrera to expand their Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship team for the 2020 season. Cabrera competed with the team in limited programs during the 2018 and 2019 racing seasons, participating in a total of 12 races with a best finish of eighth at Road America. The Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico resident will drive the #91 Gateway Telecomunicaciones / PMC Promotions Tatuus USF-17. Cabrera has been keeping his driving skills honed by recently racing in the 2020 Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy race in Mexico City and he’s also been working extremely hard on his fitness, all while maintaining stellar grades at Universidad Anáhuac México.

 

“I am very happy to welcome Manuel back to the Exclusive Autosport USF2000 program in 2020,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “Manuel is strong behind the wheel and brings uncompromising determination and work ethic. He is such a pleasure to have on the team. His personality will without a doubt mesh really well with our engineering staff and the team we have put together. I am really looking forward to a positive USF2000 campaign with Manuel in 2020.”

 

Cabrera began his racing career in the assorted Mexican karting series in 2010 at the age of 10, running up front and winning numerous races and championships along the way. Manuel made the move to car racing by attending the Skip Barber Racing School in 2016, and then participated in their Championship Series that season. Cabrera graduated to the Formula PanAm series in 2017 and earned the championship title, winning a ticket to attend the Mazda Road to Indy $200,000 Scholarship Shootout in the process. In the Formula PanAm program, he scored four wins in the six-series races and was on the podium in the other two. He also raced in the Formula Masters Asia series, scoring six top-five finishes, and was awarded the Rookie of the Year honors. In 2018, Manual raced seven races with Exclusive Autosport, racking his highest finish of eighth place at Road America and was named the Road to Indy Insider’s ‘Star of the Race’ at the Royal Purple Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After taking some time off at the end of 2019, Manuel is ready and ultra-focused to fight for redemption posting winning results.

 

“I feel really happy to be able to be back with the whole team,” offered Cabrera. “As I have always said, it is a pleasure to work with them. I feel very grateful to them and at the same time very excited to be able to return to the track. There have been difficult days in my career as a driver, but I think that this year I come with more desire than ever. I will do my best in each race and I am definitely looking for great achievements. I hope to have a season to remember and that the team achieves good results this year.”

 

Cabrera will join his Californian teammate – Prescott Campbell – on Exclusive Autosport’s USF2000 squad, and he will also be teammates with Nikita Lastochkin (Indy Lights) and Braden Eves (Indy Pro 2000) at the official Spring Training test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 7-9. The team is poised and ready to battle for the championship titles in all three levels of this year’s Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.

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.

Exclusive Autosport Expands to Indy Lights in 2020

Exclusive Autosport Expands to Indy Lights in 2020

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2019:

SASKATOON, SK (September 21, 2019) – As the only open-wheel racing team in North America with an internal development ladder system bridging from F1600 racing into the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, Exclusive Autosport is thrilled to announce it will expand once again in 2020 by making its debut in the top-level Indy Lights program. The growing operation has acquired a Dallara IL-15 chassis and currently plans to field at least one entry next season. The team plans to debut its new acquisition, dressed in new Exclusive Autosport red and white livery, alongside its USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 cars at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 19-20.

 

“This is truly a dream come true,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “When I started Exclusive Autosport in 2013, competing in the Road to Indy was always the goal, however it seemed like a distant reality. To be sitting here, announcing that we are expanding to Indy Lights and have a four-tiered ladder system after seven years of competition, is one of the proudest moments of my career. This transition is a natural fit for the Exclusive Autosport program. Dan Andersen and the entire Road to Indy organization have been incredible to work with from day one. They have been very supportive of our efforts. We are thrilled to be a part of it. I want to thank my wife and children for all of their support and my incredible crew led by Mirl Swan. We are looking forward to what 2020 will bring.”  

 

Exclusive Autosport is the winningest team in Canadian Formula 1600 competition over the last six years, having won the last eight titles in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship (Ontario) and the Formula Tour (Quebec) programs. They have also earned the championship in the last four seasons in the combined F1600 Super Series. The team has expanded steadily over the last three years, making its debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2017 and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2018. In both of its debut seasons, the team scored victories, racking up 11 wins since adding the RTI component to their schedule. The team also has two wins this season in Indy Pro 2000, with series rookie Danial Frost topping the competition on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway and on the street circuit in Toronto.

 

In 2020, Exclusive Autosport will become the only Road to Indy team with its own driver development ladder reaching from F1600 up to Indy Lights. In fact, the team’s reach delves even deeper, as they are the title sponsor of the Western Canada Karting Championship. For the last two years, they have awarded WCKC champions with valuable F1600 test and evaluation days in their title-winning Spectrum F1600s.

 

“We are excited to welcome Exclusive Autosport into the Indy Lights family,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Michael Duncalfe parallels our goals in the Road to Indy of providing a complete ladder system for drivers to advance, and his expansion into Indy Lights now completes this platform for his well-established and highly regarded team. His passion for helping tomorrow’s talent was evident from Day One, and we look forward to seeing him and his drivers on our Indy Lights grids next season.”