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Chris Griffis Memorial Test to Showcase PM-18

While there is still lots of racing to go for 2017, the hype has already began to build towards next season for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Copper Tires as the series will debut a new chassis, Tattus PM-18, in 2018.

Fans will get the chance to see drivers behind the wheel for the first time in the new car as part of the annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test, which is slated to take place on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course on October 21/22. 

“To see all three new cars together for the first time is a culmination of a dream that started back in 2013 when we were in the process of taking over the operation of Indy Lights,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “I honestly can’t wait. It’s been a tremendous journey and I have to thank our partners Dallara and Tatuus as well as our project managers Tony Cotman and Scot Elkins. They have really knocked it out of the ball park with cars that are relevant to what we want to provide as a complete driver development system highlighted by safety and technology.”

The first shipment of 15 cars will go out in September, with the chassis set as the standard for the series for the next five years priced at $61,800. Fans can learn more details at http://pm-18.com/.

The seventh annual test will also showcase drivers from the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Last year’s session featured 43 drivers representing 12 countries, with 10 of the 18 new USF2000 moving on to race in the series.  

“The Chris Griffis Memorial test is personally rewarding as I watch drivers take the next step on the ladder, including this year’s champions who will move up with the benefit of Mazda Scholarships, and welcome some new faces,” Andersen added. “We are excited to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is a key event in our regular season schedule that kicks off an exciting month of May.” 

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.