INDIANAPOLIS – official team release — Weiron Tan Racing photo —
Weiron Tan will be the first Malaysian driver to compete for an open-wheel racing team in U.S. motorsports, as he and Andretti Autosport partner together for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires campaign.
Kuala Lumpur-born Tan, who has been part of the Caterham F1 Young Driver programme for the past three years, moved to Europe in 2013 to compete in the Protyre British Formula Renault championship and secured second place in the points standings, scoring five wins, nine podiums and six pole positions. 2014 saw Weiron compete in the ATS Formel 3 Cup (commonly referred to as German F3) for Van Amersfoort Racing where he recorded two wins and five podiums for the Dutch outfit and now he feels the time is right to turn his attention to U.S. open-wheel racing.
“I am really thankful to Caterham F1 for all their support over the past few years, and I have really enjoyed racing in Europe and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my career with Andretti Autosport in the USA.”
19-year-old Tan is managed by WH Sports Group who are the UK-based agency which also manages the career of 2012 Pro Mazda champion and current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Jack Hawksworth.
“As Jack and I share the same management company, I naturally took a big interest in him and his racing, and his success is part of the reason why I wanted to move my career to the U.S.; to try and emulate what Jack has achieved,” said Weiron.
“Weiron has a great resume so far in his racing career, and we are very pleased to welcome him to open-wheel racing in the U.S. to our Pro Mazda team,” team owner Michael Andretti said. “He did very well for us at our evaluation test at NOLA Motorsports Park last week, and we’re all looking forward to a successful season together.”
CREDIT: Andretti Autosport