Notebook: Fischer moves up to Pro Mazda for remainder of 2016

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Team Pelfrey will move TJ Fischer up from its Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda program to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires for the rest of the 2016 season.

The 23-year old Californian’s USF2000 season has been one of consistency. The Vacaville, Calif.-native has recorded three top-10 finishes in the six contested rounds at St. Petersburg, Birmingham and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

“Moving up to Team Pelfrey Pro Mazda is something that I’ve thought about for a while now,” said the 22 year-old Californian. “For me, it’s more than just about the opportunity to race with the defending champions and their experience, but to do so alongside guys like Aaron Telitz and Pato O’Ward will really help me develop and grow my career.”

Team Pelfrey drivers O’Ward and Telitz have won every race this year and lead the championship in first and second place respectively. The team won the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship with Santiago Urrutia, who currently drives for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

“We are delighted to have TJ graduate to our Pro Mazda program and stay within the Team Pelfrey family,” said Jonny Baker, director of team operations for Team Pelfrey. “ With the No. 81 car opening up, it was simply too good an opportunity to pass up and with his experience in Europe and expectations for the future, we all agreed that such a move made a lot of sense. He will fit in very well with our current drivers and team members, of that I have no doubt, and I expect him to learn a lot from them and deliver promising results.”

Fischer, a former collegiate football player, is one of the taller drivers on the Mazda Road to Indy, standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing in around 185 pounds. But he doesn’t anticipate it affecting his move to more powerful race cars.

“I’ve enjoyed the Team Pelfrey atmosphere and the team over on the USF2000 side, but I was never physically comfortable behind the wheel because the cockpit is very tight and I was experiencing pain and discomfort” said Fischer.

“I’m excited to begin testing tomorrow with the entire crew and to learn from Pato and Aaron. We have a great team and being able to record my first laps in the Pro Mazda car at Mid-Ohio will be a great start to the rest of my season.”

Cane joins Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing lineup

British racing driver Jordan Cane announced June 1 that he will be joining Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing for the remainder of the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. 

Cane, the youngest driver in the Mazda Road to Indy at age 15, finished on the podium in the opening race weekend at St Petersburg with Team Pelfrey.

“I will always be grateful to Team Pelfrey for providing me with my first opportunity in US motorsport and a very successful season in F1600 last year; however, although starting well with a podium at St Pete, this season has been a little difficult. 

"The opportunity to join a multi-championship winning team such as Cape Motorsports was a fairly easy decision to make and although I know there will be more expectation on me now, my sole focus is on being successful for my new team and contributing championship points."

Cape Motorsports currently fields three cars in the USF2000 series and two cars in the next tier Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.  Cane joins Cape Motorsports drivers Parker Thompson and Anthony Martin, who are first and second in the USF2000 Championship standings respectively.

 “We’re all super excited to have Jordan on board for the balance of the season, he had a really good test with us over the winter and we expect Jordan to do very well.” 

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