The top rookie from the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda will return to the series for a second season.
Robert Megennis announced Jan. 12 that he had resigned with Team Pelfrey to race one of the team’s new Tatuus US-17 chassis this season. It will be the 16-year-old New York City natives second season in USF2000 and third season with the team, which is the only team with cars on all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy.
“I am delighted to be returning to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda with Team Pelfrey,” said Megennis. “The revitalized team, relocated to Indianapolis, will be hard to beat. After the awesome rookie season we had in 2016, I’m super excited to see what we can do in our second year in the series and my third year in yellow.”
Megennis had an outstanding 2016 season piloting the No. 80 Palo Alto Networks machine, collecting two podium finishes at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, collecting five top-five finishes in total.
“Welcoming Rob back to the Team Pelfrey family for a third straight season in yellow says a lot about this partnership. Rob, his family and his partners believe in us, and we have absolute faith in Rob's abilities,” said Team Pelfrey’s general manager Jonny Baker. “The way he conducted himself on and off the track last season was exemplary and inspiring. Rob will continue to make his mark on the Mazda Road to Indy in 2017, of that I have no doubt.”
The 16-year-old completed the 2016 season by collecting the Rookie of the Year award, as well as the Tilton Hard Charger Award which he earned by completing an unbelievable 53 passes, more than double the total of any other driver.
“We are thrilled to have Rob on board with Palo Alto Networks. We still consider ourselves the “new kid on the block" in security,” said René Bonvanie, chief marketing officer and executive vice president for Palo Alto Networks. “We must move fast, be bold and work hard. Rob personifies those qualities in the increasingly high tech world of racing and is a great ambassador for us, both on and off the track. Rob and Team Pelfrey are great partners.”