In 2014, the Pro Formula Mazda Championship entered its twenty-fourth season as one of North America's premier open-wheel driver development series. Series graduates have gone on to race in F1, Indy Cars, NASCAR, American Le Mans and Grand-Am.

The attraction of the Pro Formula Mazda series is the scholarship program. $885,000 in prizes and awards will be distributed in 2014. The series champion will receive a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires in 2015. Other champion's awards include a Cooper Tires Award for tires and a series award for race entries.

After several years the Mazda open-wheel championship replaced its race-proven Star Mazda with a new model. Beginning in 2004, competitors began racing a Pro Formula Mazda. It has proven to be a safe and reliable car.

The Pro Formula Mazda is manufactured by the Van Diemen / Elan Motorsports Technologies group. The chassis is a carbon-fiber tub with fiberglass bodywork. The front and rear suspension is a pushrod setup with two-way adjustable shock absorbers. Stopping the Pro Formula Mazda are four-piston calipers with vented rotors. It is powered by a 240-horsepower Renesis Mazda engine, also used in the road-going version of the Mazda RX-8. Bolted to the motor is a six-speed sequential transmission with a no-lift shift.

New for 2014 was a change in the front tire size to improve turn-in capabilities and increase top speed. Wickers have also been introduced.

Races were in support of the IndyCar Series, except for the contest at Lucas Oil Raceway. All road and street course events were doubleheaders. Unlike previous seasons, the races were held in the United States.

The opening round of the 2014 Pro Formula Mazda Championship was held at Saint Petersburg and ended in August at Sonoma Raceway.

  • March 29-30 – St. Petersburg
  • April 26-27 – Barber Motorsports Part
  • May 9-10 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • May 24 – Lucas Oil Raceway
  • June 28-29 – Houston, Reliant Park
  • August 2-3 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 16 – Milwaukee
  • August 22-23 – Sears Point

In addition to the overall title, championships were on the line for:

  • Expert Championship - Drivers aged 30 and older
  • Team Championship

Rounds ten and eleven of the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires were held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers would compete in two races around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.

Nicolas Costa started his 2014 campaign with M1 Racing but joined Team Pelfrey in Houston, driving the No. 82 Pro Formula Mazda. Despite feeling ill at Mid-Ohio, he qualified on the pole for race one and held off Ryan Booth to collect his first series win. In the finale, Costa started on the pole. However, the third fastest qualifier, Garrett Grist, vaulted into the lead, with Costa chasing him for 20-laps to a second-place finish.
Garrett Grist won his first Pro Mazda Championship in round seven at Lucas Oil Raceway. The driver of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Pro Formula Mazda collected his second series victory in Sunday’s contest at Mid-Ohio. Grist qualified third fastest but shot into the lead at the start. And, despite pressure from Saturday’s winner, Nicolas Costa, he grabbed the victory. On Saturday, Grist finished ninth after starting fourth.
Rookie Ryan Booth drove the No. 19 JDC MotorSports Pro Formula Mazda. Before Mid-Ohio, the highlight of his season was a four-place result in the previous round at Houston. Booth qualified six fastest in race one at Mid-Ohio; however, he charged into third place on the opening lap. Booth would finish second - 0.3458-seconds behind the winner, Nicolas Costa. The next day, he started seventh and finished twelfth.
Returning to Andretti Autosport was Shelby Blackstock. Last year, Blackstock claimed his first series victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. His best finish this season was a runner-up result at Indianapolis. In the weekend’s first race at Mid-Ohio, Blackstock qualified fifth, but a great start and a pass after a caution was rewarded with a third place. An incident before the green flag eliminated him from Sunday’s race.
Title contender Scott Hargrove piloted the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda. To date, Hargrove had seven podium results, of which three were victories. He opened the week by qualifying seventh fastest and finishing sixth. On Sunday, Hargrove was gridded eighth and crossed the finish line in third. Not championship results, but he finished in front of the points leader, Spencer Pigot, on both days.

11Nicolas CostaPro Formula Mazda19-
26Ryan BoothPro Formula Mazda19-
35Shelby BlackstockPro Formula Mazda19-
48Spencer PigotPro Formula Mazda19-
53José GutiérrezPro Formula Mazda19-
67Scott HargrovePro Formula Mazda19-
710Neil AlbericoPro Formula Mazda19-
89Dalton KellettPro Formula Mazda19-
94Garett GristPro Formula Mazda19-
1011Brandon NeweyPro Formula Mazda19-
1119Kyle ConneryPro Formula Mazda19-
122Kyle KaiserPro Formula Mazda19-
1316Bobby EberlePro Formula Mazda19-
1412Julia BallarioPro Formula Mazda19-
1518Carlos CondePro Formula Mazda19-
1614Felipe DonatoPro Formula Mazda18Off Course
1713Michael JohnsonPro Formula Mazda18-
1817Jay HorakPro Formula Mazda10Mechanical
1915Brian LiftPro Formula Mazda0Accident

13Garett GristPro Formula Mazda20-
21Nicolas CostaPro Formula Mazda20-
38Scott HargrovePro Formula Mazda20-
44José GutiérrezPro Formula Mazda20-
511Neil AlbericoPro Formula Mazda20-
65Spencer PigotPro Formula Mazda20-
72Kyle KaiserPro Formula Mazda20-
86Dalton KellettPro Formula Mazda20-
915Kyle ConneryPro Formula Mazda20-
1014Felipe DonatoPro Formula Mazda20-
1110Julia BallarioPro Formula Mazda20-
127Ryan BoothPro Formula Mazda20-
1312Brandon NeweyPro Formula Mazda20-
1413Michael JohnsonPro Formula Mazda20-
1516Brian LiftPro Formula Mazda20-
1617Bobby EberlePro Formula Mazda20-
1718Jay HorakPro Formula Mazda19Mechanical
1819Carlos CondePro Formula Mazda19-
199Shelby BlackstockPro Formula Mazda0Accident

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