Neil Alberico headshot photograph
Neil  Alberico
Team Pelfrey
Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires
Neil Alberico
Career stats
Mazda Road To Indy
Total Poles
Race Wins
Oct 6, 1992
Los Gatos, CA
San Clemente, CA

A native of Los Gatos, California, Alberico first started racing karts at the age of 10 and won numerous national championships over the next eight years. Graduating to cars in 201, Alberico won the Bondurant Championship Race Series which earned him a Pro Formula Mazda test with World Speed Motorsports and a Formula Atlantic Swift 016.a test 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. After finishing the season racing in Europe, Alberico returned Stateside in 2012 and joined the Mazda Road to Indy in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Education: West Valley Community College

Hobbies: Karting, fitness, golfing, beach volleyball, art/photography

Racing Goal: Enjoy a long career as a successful Verizon IndyCar Series driver

Racing Hero: Joey Hand

Fitness: High intensity interval training, beach volleyball

Interesting Note: I play local beach volleyball tournaments for fun. I surprised my father by buying him a beat up 1967 Ford F100 for Christmas.


2018 Indy Lights 2 0 0 1 2 0 2
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



First Start
March 15, 2012 (Sebring)
First Win
March 15, 2013 (Sebring)
First Pole
July 13, 2013 (Toronto)

Neil's Road to Indy

  • 2017
    • Finished eighth in his sophomore Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season, with podium finishes at St. Pete and Barber
  • 2016
    • Finished 11th in his rookie Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign, with six top-10 tallies and a season-high finish of fifth at Mid-Ohio
  • 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
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.


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