In 2017, the Pro Mazda Championship presented the Cooper Tires entered its twenty-seventh 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 and IMSA.

The attraction of the Pro Formula Mazda series is the scholarship program which advances drivers to the Indy Lights series. The scholarship will be increased from $590,300 to $790,300, bringing the entire event and year-end prizes to over $1.1M. The Cooper Tires Pole Award will be increased to $1,500 per race.

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.

The opening weekend of the 2017 Pro Formula Mazda Championship was held at Saint Petersburg and ended in September at Watkins Glen International. Races were in support of the IndyCar Series. All road and street course events were doubleheaders, with the exception of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which hosted three rounds.

  • March 11-12 – St. Petersburg
  • May 12-13 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • June 25-26 – Road America
  • July 28-30 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 25 – Gateway Motorsports Park
  • September 2-3 – Watkins Glen International

The only track to host a tripleheader weekend on the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires calendar was the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers would compete in three contests around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.

The pace lap for the weekend's first race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Fourteen drivers prepare to enter turn thirteen for round seven of the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship. On the pole is the No. 81 Team Pelfrey Pro Formula Mazda of Carlos Cunha. Sharing the front row is Anthony Martin driving the No. 8 Cape Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda. Immediately behind the leaders are Victor Franzoni and TJ Fischer.
Title contender Anthony Martin drove the No. 8 Pro Formula Mazda prepared by Cape Motorsports. Martin qualified second in the weekend's first contest but passed the pole-sitter, Carlos Cunha, on lap-1. Despite pressure from Victor Franzoni, he held on for the victory. The next day, Martin started on the pole but finished second to Franzoni. On Sunday, he qualified first, but this time Martin grabbed the win and points lead.
Anthony Martin's championship rival was Brazilian Victor Franzoni. Franzoni entered Mid-Ohio with three victories. In round seven, he qualified third driving the No. 23 Juncos Racing Pro Formula Mazda and chased Martin to a second–place result. Franzoni started second for the next contest but passed Martin while they were lapping a slower car. He qualified third for the finale and got by Carlos Cunha for a second-place finish.
Team Pelfrey's Carlos Cunha put the No. 81 Pro Formula Mazda on the pole for race one at Mid-Ohio. However, in the race, Cunha lost the top spot before the end of lap-1 and dropped another two positions before the end of the contest to finish fourth. In round eight, Cunha qualified and finished in third place. He qualified second for Sunday's race but lost the position on the opening lap and finished third.
TJ Fischer was looking for redemption at Mid-Ohio after collecting twelfth and fifteenth-place finishes in the previous rounds at Road America. In round seven, Fischer put the No. 82 Team Pelfrey Pro Formula Mazda fourth on the grid and passed his teammate for a third-place result. On Saturday, Fischer qualified fifth and finished fourth. In the final contest, he started fifth and passed Nikita Lastochkin for a fourth-place result.

12Anthony MartinPro Formula Mazda22-
23Victor FranzoniPro Formula Mazda22-
34TJ FischerPro Formula Mazda22-
41Carlos CunhaPro Formula Mazda22-
57Nikita LastochkinPro Formula Mazda22-
65Max HanrattyPro Formula Mazda22-
76Kris WrightPro Formula Mazda22-
88Bob KaminskyPro Formula Mazda22-
99Bobby EberlePro Formula Mazda21-
1012Sting Ray RobbPro Formula Mazda21-
1114Dave ZavelsonPro Formula Mazda21-
1213Kevin BuryPro Formula Mazda20-
1310Jeff GreenPro Formula Mazda14-
1411Brendan PuderbachPro Formula Mazda1Off Course

12Victor FranzoniPro Formula Mazda26-
21Anthony MartinPro Formula Mazda26-
33Carlos CunhaPro Formula Mazda26-
45TJ FischerPro Formula Mazda26-
54Nikita LastochkinPro Formula Mazda26-
66Sting Ray RobbPro Formula Mazda26-
710Bob KaminskyPro Formula Mazda26-
88Kris WrightPro Formula Mazda25-
914Dave ZavelsonPro Formula Mazda25-
1011Max HanrattyPro Formula Mazda25-
117Bobby EberlePro Formula Mazda25-
1213Brendan PuderbachPro Formula Mazda25-
139Jeff GreenPro Formula Mazda24-
1212Kevin BuryPro Formula Mazda24-

11Anthony MartinPro Formula Mazda23-
23Victor FranzoniPro Formula Mazda23-
32Carlos CunhaPro Formula Mazda23-
45TJ FischerPro Formula Mazda23-
56Sting Ray RobbPro Formula Mazda23-
64Nikita LastochkinPro Formula Mazda23-
77Bobby EberlePro Formula Mazda23-
811Max HanrattyPro Formula Mazda23-
910Bob KaminskyPro Formula Mazda23-
109Jeff GreenPro Formula Mazda22-
118Kris WrightPro Formula Mazda22-
1212Dave ZavelsonPro Formula Mazda22-
1313Brendan PuderbachPro Formula Mazda22-
1414Kevin BuryPro Formula Mazda10Mechanical

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