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Aaron Telitz

#9 Mazda/Rice Lake Weighing Systems

 

Birthdate: December 13, 1991
Hometown: Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Residence: Birchwood, Wisconsin
Website: AaronTelitz.com
Facebook: Aaron Telitz
YouTube: Aaron Telitz
Team Website: BelardiAutoRacing.com

 

Sponsors:

 

Mazda, Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Morrie's Auto Group, Rising Star Racing, Styled Aesthetic, Fred Thomas Resort, Oktane Visual, Bell Helmets, Sparco 

Nationality:  American

Languages spoken:  English

Height/weight:  5’7" / 140 lbs.

Education:  Senior at the University Wisconsin Eau Claire, majoring in geography information sciences

Current sports played: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, golf

Hobbies: Racing, golf, snowboarding, wakeboarding, Star Wars

Snapshot: I'm just a small town kid who took a shot on my dream job and so far have gotten very lucky.

Racing goal:  My main two racing goals are to win the Indianapolis 500 and be a champion of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Racing hero: James Hunt

My fitness routine includes:  I try to run a few times a week and mix in some weight training on days when I don't run.

Pre-race rituals or superstitions:  I try to get as calm as possible sitting in the car before a race.

The one talent I wish I had:  I wish I had Jedi powers.

An interesting note about me: I grew up on a fishing resort in northern Wisconsin and my first job at eight years old (I still do this while I’m home) was cleaning fish for resort guests. I can filet a bluegill in 25 seconds.

Career results: 

2016

  • Won the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with six victories, 10 pole positions and 13 total podium finishes in 16 races
  • Named BBS Rookie of the Year
  • Claimed the second consecutive Pro Mazda title for Team Pelfrey
  • Earned a Mazda scholarship and prize package worth $601,700 toward his 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign

2015

  • Finished third in a hard-fought Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title chase with a victory, five second-place finishes and five third-places
  • Earned 11 podium finishes in 16 races
  • Claimed the ReplayXD Move of the Race at Barber Motorsports Park

2014

  • Finished fourth and earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with six podium finishes, 11 top-10 finishes and a victory in the “Night Before the ‘500” at Lucas Oil Raceway
  • Earned the USF2000 “Spirit Award” presented to a driver or team who embodies the heart of a champion as they strive to reach their goals
  • Won a Team USA Scholarship to race in England, taking three pole positions and winning a heat and a semi-final race in the British Formula Ford Festival.

2013

  • Posted fastest time at the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test -- first official outing in a USF2000 car
  • Won the Skip Barber Championship Shootout and the $200,000 MAZDASPEED scholarship to compete in the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda
  • Selected as a finalist for the Team USA Scholarship
  • Placed third in the F1600 Championship Series
  • Finished second in the Skip Barber Racing Winter Series

2012

  • Finished fifth at the Skip Barber Championship Shootout
  • Set fastest lap of  the night at Malibu Grand Prix, May 3
  • Competed in 12 Skip Barber Racing Summer Series races, claiming five wins and four additional podium finishes

2011

  • Placed fourth in the Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship Shootout
  • Competed in karting on the SKUSA Pro Tour