Andretti Autosport Signs Thomas McGregor
Andretti Autosport announced today it has signed Exclusive Management Inc. driver Thomas McGregor for the 2012 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. McGregor will pilot the No. 7 USF2000 car for Andretti Autosport.
McGregor, a 19-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, previously spent a year and a half competing in Skip Barber and secured the Skip Barber Racing School Formula Southern Series Championship title in 2011. He was the runner up in both the Skip Barber Formula 2000 Western Series and the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED MX5 championships in 2011. He then moved on to compete in a partial schedule of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda Championship collecting two wins and a third place podium finish. To date, McGregor has accumulated a total of 17 wins, 33 podium finishes and 11 pole positions in 56 starts in the formula car.
McGregor began racing at the age of 11 when he first raced Rotax Karts at the Saskatoon Kart Club. In seven years of karting in Canada, he recorded 15 karting championships before moving on to open-wheel and sports car racing at age 18.
McGregor will participate in the Mazda Road to Indy open test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 28 and 29 with Andretti Autosport. He will also compete in the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest in February 2012 at Sebring International Raceway and Palm Beach International Raceway. The first rounds of the 2012 USF2000 season will begin in March at Sebring.
Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the USF2000 National Championship, presented by Cooper Racing Tires and powered by Mazda, is one of two series part of both the INDYCAR's Mazda Road to Indy ladder system and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver program. Andretti Autosport is currently the only INDYCAR team with entries in all levels of the Mazda Road to Indy.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
"We're really pleased to welcome Thomas to Andretti Autosport next year in the USF2000 car. We've had a lot of success the past few years in this first step of the Mazda Road to Indy, and with Thomas' experience, I think we have another strong season ahead of us."
MICHAEL DUNCALFE, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT INC.:
"I am very excited that we are finally able to announce that EMI driver Thomas McGregor will be driving for Andretti Autosport in 2012. This is a great opportunity for Thomas as he will be able to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience that the entire Andretti Autosport team has. I have no doubt that Thomas will be able to not only flourish in this amazing racing environment, but also work towards bringing home another championship for the Andretti Autosport team in 2012. I would also like to thank Michael Andretti and J-F Thormann for having faith in Thomas' abilities behind the wheel and giving him this amazing opportunity to represent Andretti Autosport."
THOMAS MCGREGOR, DRIVER:
"I am honored to have signed with Andretti Autosport for the 2012 USF2000 season. The team has had success in every level of the Mazda Road to Indy program, from USF2000 all the way up to IndyCar. Being with Andretti Autosport gives me the best opportunity to develop as a driver and progress through the Road to Indy program. I am grateful for this opportunity and have to thank Exclusive Management Inc. and Andretti Autosport for giving me this chance. I am looking forward to the upcoming season."