TJ Fischer will return to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires for a full assault on the championship.
The 23-year-old Californian, who made the transition from the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda ranks to Pro Mazda during the 2016 season, will rejoin Team Pelfrey for his second full season on the Mazda Road to Indy.
“I’m excited to be returning with the Team Pelfrey squad in the Pro Mazda Championship,” said Fischer participated in nine Pro Mazda races in 2016, recording a pair of top five finishes. “It’s clear, they have won the past two Pro Mazda titles, and the demeanor within the team shows why they’ve been so successful. Last year, I got a taste of what racing in the Pro Mazda Championship was like and now I am able to learn from the 2016 season and apply it to a full proper year.”
Fischer, a former college football player who grew up watching his father race as a boy, hopes racing success can help increase awareness on his Project O2 initiative.
The campaign, created by Fischer, was designed to inform, inspire, and innovate a new path to asthma awareness.
“I was diagnosed with asthma as a kid and have lived through 23 years of sporting, dealing with the difficulties asthma presents,” he said. “In 2015, I had an asthma attack during a race at the 74th GP de Pau, forcing me to rethink my asthma condition and how to deal with it.
“From that experience, I created Project O2. It’s exciting to be able to try and make a difference and I hope Project O2 can become a beacon for all those who are pursing sports, dreams in their lives, and dealing with asthma along the way.”