Pro Mazda - Neil Alberico

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Neil Alberico Profile
Biography of Neil Alberico

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. Neil will continue with Cape Motorsports in 2015.

Hobbies: Karting, fitness, golfing, surfing, art/photography

Racing goal: To be a professional and successful racing driver

Racing hero: Joey Hand

My fitness routine includes: Crossfit, MMA

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: It’s bad luck to be superstitious

The one talent I wish I had: To slow time and enjoy the sweeter things in life!

An interesting note about me: My surname was “Alberigo” three generations ago. When my great grandparents emigrated from Italy it was changed to Alberico.

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 … also posted two fastest race laps… 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 ... also finished seventh in the Cooper Tires Winterfest with three top-five finishes ... Team USA Scholarship finalist.

2011: 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 ... Kent Formula Ford Masters winner as well as Champion of Brands Hatch winner.

2010: WSK North American Series presented by CKI Karting Champion (TAG Senior category) with four poles and three victories ... 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... 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: Snap-On Stars of Karting National Finale winner ... earned two IKF Grand National poles ... was the IKF HPV-3 Sr. Champion ... Finished second in the IKF Tag Sr. Championship.

2004-2007: IKF Region 11 Junior Sportsman, Junior Super Sportsman and Junior Puma Champion.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 6 4 10 10 117 7
2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 0 0 6 9 0 12
Total 28 6 4 16 19 117 19
2015 Pro Mazda 16 4 2 9 12 81 14
2014 Pro Mazda 14 0 0 7 12 11 13
Total 30 4 2 16 24 92 27
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing

Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing was formed in 2010 as a partnership between two successful racing entities. With leadership from brothers Nicholas and Dominic Cape, and along with Wayne Taylor and his organization in Indianapolis, the team campaigns cars in the Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. The Cape brothers have recorded multiple USF2000 championships and have fielded a team every year since the series’ inception in the early 1990s.