Nikita Lastochkin has graduated from USF2000 to Pro Mazda to join Carlos Cunha and TJ Fischer in the reigning champion team.
Lastochkin, who will test the #80 car at the Homestead Miami Speedway road course, finished sixth in the 2014 F1600 series for Pelfrey, graduated with the squad to USF2000 with the team in ’15 but spent last year with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, for whom his best results were two fifth places.
“To be back with Team Pelfrey means being back with the same people that started my career with and I am very excited,” said Lastochkin. “The goal would be to focus on our strengths, keep working on the areas we can improve and let the results take care of themselves. Overall, I’m just happy to be back on the Mazda Road to Indy and looking forward to the year ahead.”
“This is fantastic news for Team Pelfrey,” commented general manager Jonathan Baker. “Nikita has been with us before in F1600 and USF2000, and being able to welcome him back to our Pro Mazda team is just so cool.
“He has shown us over the past few years that on his day, he is one of the quickest drivers out there, and we are looking forward to helping him achieve top results in Pro Mazda. On top of everything, he is simply a great guy. We are proud to have him back.”