Pro Mazda - Brandon Newey

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Brandon Newey
Brandon Newey
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Brandon Newey
Biography of Brandon Newey

Brandon continues on an exciting journey into the world of major league auto racing. Brandon is building on the success and experience he gained while racing in the 2012 F1600 Championship Series and the 2013 USF2000 series, with the goal of winning races and the championship and moving up the Road to Indy Ladder System. Brandon’s father, Steve, has been in professional auto racing since he graduated from college. He has worked with many of the sports’ star drivers including Bobby Rahal, Michael Andretti, Danny Sullivan, and Bryan Herta. Bryan and Steve are partners in the Bryan Herta Autosport race team, which won the Indianapolis 500 this year with driver Dan Wheldon and also competes in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. While Brandon competed in the USF2000 Series, the team tested the Pro Mazda car and enter selected races in preparation for the 2014 season. The team, investors, and sponsors will all benefit from the proven successes of Bryan Herta Autosport. As a Bryan Herta Autosport Junior Driver, Brandon will have all the resources and expertise of a major professional racing team to support the challenge of winning championships.

Hobbies: Working out, watching movies, hanging out with friends, golf, water/snow skiing

Snapshot: I love the Indianapolis Colts and after Peyton Manning was let go Andrew Luck became my new favorite player.

Racing goal: To become an IndyCar Series driver

Racing hero: My Dad and Dan Wheldon

My fitness routine includes: Running and weightlifting

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Patting the tub right before strapping into the car

The one talent I wish I had: I wish I could speak another language

An interesting note about me: My father (Steve Newey) is an accomplished race car design engineer and co-owner of IndyCar Series team Bryan Herta Autosport, which won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with Dan Wheldon.

2013: Finished 13th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in a partial season, contesting 11 of 14 rounds … claimed two top-five finishes and seven top-10 results … earned the Tilton Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions in a race, going from 17th to fifth in the season finale at Houston.

2012: Finished second in the F1600 Championship Series, driving for Bryan Herta Autosport, with four wins, nine podiums and 11 top-five finishes ... named as a finalist for the Team USA Scholarship.

2011: Finished third in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Powered by Mazda championship with two wins and 10 podium finishes ... named as a finalist for the Team USA Scholarship.

2010: Won the Tony Renna Scholarship offered by PitFit Training ... graduated from the Skip Barber Racing School.

2005-2009: Began karting at age 12 ... scored numerous wins and podium finishes.

Team Pelfrey

Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear as part of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system proves to be a perfect medium for owner Dale Pelfrey to showcase his latest foray into the world of professional motorsports and the business model is to not cut any corners in doing so.

Pelfrey’s formula for molding a team is no different to that of the company he founded and led for over 30 years, Enginetics Aerospace who specialized in the design and manufacturing of jet engine components for the international market—hire the best, acquire the best, and demand the best in order to achieve the most.   Team Pelfrey is no different and has already proven it thus far with the decisions that Pelfrey has made in setting up his new venture.

Pelfrey’s last stint as a team owner was in the IZOD IndyCar Series from 1998-2000 which had such drivers as Danny Ongais, Memo Gidley, Bryan Tyler, Billy Boat, Robby Unser and John Paul Jr., who led 39 laps of the 1998 Indianapolis 500. Pelfrey also gave current IndyCar Series owner and successful female driver Sarah Fisher her first ride in an IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999.

In addition to his business ventures and IndyCar past, Pelfrey himself has also raced competitively. From flat-track motorcycles in his teens, to karts, Skip Barber, and a P2 car in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, Pelfrey has always had a passion for the competitiveness that motorsports provides. This above all else is what’s pushing Team Pelfrey’s re-entry into professional open-wheel racing, with its sights set firmly on immediately challenging for top honors.