Even before it hits the track in anger for its first IndyCar Series test, the new FAZZT Race Team has taken the initial steps towards creating a path for young talent to graduate to the top rung of American open-wheel racing.
Canadian driver Maryeve Dufault, who last year tested with the Litespeed F3 team in Britain, will be the first name on the development scheme, having impressed FAZZT personnel with her performances in the Rotax International Karting Series. She joins countryman, and Champ Car/IndyCar veteran, Alex Tagliani on the roster.
"As we continue to build the FAZZT Race Team programmes, we have an incredible amount of support from Canadian companies for our Canadian driver and team," COO Jim Freudenberg explained, "When the opportunity arose to meet Maryeve and discuss supporting and developing her racing career, we saw it as a great opportunity for our team and partners to continue to develop racing talent from Canada. Her racing skill and understanding of the commercial side of racing combined with her marketability make her a great team-mate for Alex and FAZZT. "
Dufault, a native of Quebec, has extensive racing experience in karting, Formula Jim Russell, Skip Barber, Formula BMW and Star Mazda, and explored F3 in the UK as a possible route forward before committing to the Rotax International Karting Series, where she came to the attention of Tagliani.
"Maryeve is a very talented driver who is driven by her commitment to the sport," Tagliani commented, "We are looking forward to having her as a part of the FAZZT Race Team and hope that we can play a part in continuing to develop her skills and talent as a driver."
FAZZT Race Team has confirmed that it will assist Dufault in her sponsorship development with the intention of fielding her in various events on the new 'Road to Indy' programme that includes USF2000, Star Mazda and Indy Lights.