Neil Alberico headshot photograph
Neil  Alberico
Carlin
Neil Alberico
rank
08
Career stats
Mazda Road To Indy
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Oct 7, 1992
22 USA
Hometown
Los Gatos, CA
Residence
San Clemente, CA

A native of Los Gatos, California, Alberico first started racing karts at the age of 10, competing in IKF region 11 action. Over the course of four seasons (2004-07), the young talent captured the Junior Sportsman, Junior Super Sportsman, and Junior Puma championship titles. In 2008, Alberico first got behind the wheel of a race car, graduating from the Skip Barber 2-day Advanced school at Laguna Seca prior to participating in the Formula BMW recruitment day at Miller Motorsports Park. Continuing to race in the karting ranks while raising funds to pursue a career in motorsports, Alberico won the Snap-On Stars of Karting Series National finale in Las Vegas in 2009, before finishing third in CKI National TAG Senior championship. Alberico built on this success in 2010, winning the TaG Senior class in the WSK North American Series, as well as the Bondurant Championship Race Series, capturing 10 wins in first full season of car competition. As part of the prize package for winning the Bondurant Championship, the teenager tested a Pro Formula Mazda with World Speed Motorsports and a Formula Atlantic Swift 016.a with Finlay Motorsports.

In 2011, Alberico made his European racing debut, competing in the world-renowned Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain with Irish-based Cliff Dempsey Racing. The Californian then earned a spot as a Team USA Scholarship finalist in that same year. As a Team USA driver, he captured a Semi-Final win and finished third in the historic 40th Formula Ford Festival.

Alberico joined the Mazda Road to Indy program in 2012, earning a podium finish and nine top-fives in his rookie season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. In 2013, Neil finished second overall in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, and made the move up to the Pro Mazda Championship along with his Cape Motorsports team for 2014 and 2015.

Neil moved up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for 2016, joining Carlin Racing in Indy Lights.

Hobbies: Sport climbing, fitness, golfing, surfing, art/photography

Racing goal: To be a professional and successful racing driver

Racing hero: Joey Hand

My fitness routine includes: Crossfit, surfing

Snapshot: I thoroughly enjoy the great outdoors. Camping and surfing are my ideal vacations. The ocean fascinates me. I prefer shooting photos film. Art inspires me. Keep life simple.

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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Indy Lights 16 0 0 5 11 0 13
2016 Indy Lights 18 0 0 1 7 0 15
2015 Pro Mazda 16 4 2 9 12 81 14
2014 Pro Mazda 14 0 0 7 12 11 13
2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 6 4 10 10 117 7
2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 0 0 6 9 0 12

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Carlin Racing

In December 2014, British race team Carlin will expand in 2015 to incorporate the American series Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The multi-race and championship winning team will add the INDYCAR-sanctioned feeder series to its already comprehensive ladder of junior formula, taking drivers from karting to the door of the pinnacle of single-seater motorsport. The Carlin Indy Lights team will operate out of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with personnel from both the U.K. and the U.S.

Racing Director Trevor Carlin commented, “We’re extremely excited to be taking the Carlin team to the U.S. and embarking on this new challenge into the Indy Lights series. We’ve had one eye on the U.S. for some time now and the time is right to widen our focus. We’re seeing more and more drivers look across the Atlantic from categories such as Formula 3 and GP2 Series to careers in Indy Lights and IndyCar and it makes sense as a European team to offer that route to our customers.

“While we remain completely focused on our race programs in Europe, it is also important to take on new challenges and projects that maintain our momentum as a company of people. By offering new opportunities we are able to offer strong team members new goals and challenges internally and retain them within Carlin. By no means do we underestimate the challenge ahead but we believe we have a great team of people to help us be competitive in Indy Lights. We see this as an important new chapter for Carlin and the entire team are excited for the future.”

Team Website carlin.co.uk
First Start
March 15, 2012 (Sebring)
First Win
March 15, 2013 (Sebring)
First Pole
July 13, 2013 (Toronto)

Neil's Road to Indy

  • 2015
    • Finished second in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with four wins, including a sweep of the season-opener at St. Petersburg, FL
    • Earned a total of eight podium finishes and two pole positions
    • Claimed the RePlay XD Move of the Race Award at Barber Motorsports Park, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Raceway
  • 2014
    • Finished third in his rookie season of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with four podiums and 11 top-six drives in 14 races
    • Earned the Pro Mazda Spirit Award, presented to the driver or team that embodies the heart of a champion as they strive to reach their goals
    • Selected as a Rising Star Racing driver
  • 2013
    • Finished second in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing
    • Claimed a season high six wins and added two additional podium finishes
    • Earned three pole positions and made seven additional front row starts, along with posting two fastest race laps during season
    • Named Team USA Scholarship recipient contesting the 15-race Toyota Racing Series in February of 2014
  • 2012
    • Competed in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda as a rookie
    • Finished seventh in points, driving for JDC MotorSports, with six top-five finishes highlighted by a second at Virginia International Raceway
    • Finished seventh in the Cooper Tires Winterfest with three top-five finishes
    • Named Team USA Scholarship finalist
  • 2011
    • Competed as Team USA Scholarship recipient claiming a pole position, heat race win, semi-final win and third-place finish in the final of the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, and a pole, heat race win, fourth-place semi-final result and a did-not-finish (DNF) in the final of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone
    • Finished ninth in the MSA Formula Ford Duratec Championship of Great Britain with a best result of fourth
    • Contested Formula Ford Duratec EuroCup rounds at Spa-Francorchamps, Zandvoort and Zolder
    • Was Kent Formula Ford Masters winner as well as Champion of Brands Hatch winner
  • 2010
    • Claimed the inaugural Bondurant Regional Championship title with 10 wins, six poles and 12 podiums -- prize package included a test day and race weekend in a Pro Formula Mazda with Team World Speed, a test day in a Formula Atlantic Swift 016.a with Steve Cameron and Finlay Motorsports, plus support from their driver management services
    • Scored WSK North American Series presented by CKI Karting Champion (TAG Senior category) with four poles and three victories
    • Was Team USA Scholarship candidate
  • 2009
    • Finished third overall in the CKI National Karting Championship
    • Claimed two IKF Grand National poles
    • Participated in Skip Barber test days and shootout
  • 2008
    • Won Snap-On Stars of Karting National Finale
    • Earned Snap-On Stars of Karting National Finale
    • Was the IKF HPV-3 Sr. Champion
    • Finished second in the IKF Tag Sr. Championship
  • 2004-2007
    • Was IKF Region 11 Junior Sportsman, Junior Super Sportsman and Junior Puma Champion