Shelby Blackstock
Shelby  Blackstock
Team Pelfrey
Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires
Shelby Blackstock
Career stats
Mazda Road To Indy
Total Poles
Race Wins
Feb 23, 1990
Nashville, TN
Cornelius, NC

Shelby Blackstock’s dream of being a professional driver began to take shape in January 2010 when he attended the highly-touted Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Racing, quickly turning heads during the four days of classes. Blackstock competed in the Skip Barber Summer Series, Formula Ford 1600 and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge before joining the Mazda Road to Indy in 2012.

Blackstock is the son of country legend Reba McEntire.

Hobbies: Golf, working out, rock climbing, hanging out with friends, working on cars (street and race cars)

Racing goal: To be a successful race car driver, make it up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and become an Indianapolis 500 winner/IndyCar champion

Racing heroes: Ayrton Senna, Dan Wheldon, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen

My fitness routine includes: I work out six days a week doing a mix of interval training, TRX, rock climbing, cycling and karting.

An interesting note about me: I worked on the road since I was 14 putting up stages for professional entertainers.


2018 Indy Lights 2 0 0 2 2 0 2
2017 Indy Lights 16 0 0 3 10 0 14
2016 Indy Lights 18 0 0 5 12 0 18
2015 Indy Lights 16 0 0 3 14 0 16
2014 Pro Mazda 14 0 0 10 12 0 12
2013 Pro Mazda 16 1 3 9 15 12 8
2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 0 0 2 10 0 12

RAF = Running at Finish


First Start
March 15, 2012 (Sebring)
First Win
July 21, 2013 (MoSport)
First Pole
March 23, 2013 (St. Petersburg)

Shelby's Road To Indy

  • 2017
    • Finished 10th in his third season of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition
    • Claimed five top-six finishes including a podium at Mid-Ohio
  • 2016
    • Finished eighth in his sophomore Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season, with top finishes of fourth in his home race at Barber Motorsports Park and in the Freedom 100.
  • 2015
    • Finished 10th in his rookie campaign in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with a best finish of third at Mid-Ohio and two additional top-five drives
    • Earned the season-long Tilton Hard Charger Award for advancing the most race positions through the year
    • Made his Rolex 24 At Daytona debut where his team experienced a mechanical failure and was unable to finish.
  • 2014
    • Finished fourth in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with six podium finishes and 10 top-five drives.
    • Competed in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge claiming one win, three podiums, one pole and one fastest lap.
  • 2013
    • Finished third in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with one win, seven podiums and three pole positions.
    • Competed in Grand-Am Continental Challenge (now IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge) garnering one podium, two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
  • 2012
    • Finished ninth in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with 10 top-10 finishes.
    • Finished fourth in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest with four top-five finishes in the six races.
    • Competed in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with four top-10 finishes.
  • 2011
    • Finished fifth in the Skip Barber National Series with two podium finishes.
    • Claimed two wins and finished fourth in the point standings in the Skip Barber Summer Series.
    • Competed in Formula Ford 1600 and the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
  • 2010
    • Competed in the Skip Barber Summer Series and Skip Barber Southern Regional Series.
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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