Harrison Scott will miss the Pro Mazda races at Mid-Ohio this weekend, being replaced at RP Motorsport by Euroformula Open championship leader Felipe Drugovich.
Scott was involved in a major crash on the opening lap of the first Toronto race two weeks ago, and although he emerged unscathed and entered the second race of the weekend, he retired on the first lap once again due to a mechanical failure.
The Italian team, in its first season of racing in America, has requested Scott sit out this weekend’s double header, meaning he will likely drop from his current sixth place in the standings. Scott has indicated on Twitter that he will be back for the next race at the Gateway oval in August, saying he is “fighting fit and am ready” for the
Wins at Barber Motorsports Park and on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course have been the highlights of Scott’s season, also his first in America after dominating the European-based EF Open championship with RP Motorsport last year.
Scott was replaced by Felipe Drugovich at the team for this year, after the Brazilian won in a late season cameo in 2017, and looks set to break several of the records Scott set last year.
Reigning MRF Challenge champion Drugovich has won seven of the first eight EF Open races, and has taken six poles and five fastest laps. He will likely become the team’s second straight champion.
Joining Drugovich in the RP Motorsport line-up will be Colombian Mathias Soler-Obel, who steps up from USF2000 to replace Raul Guzman, who has clashing Formula Renault Eurocup duties at Spa-Francorchamps.
Soler-Obel has driven for his self-named team in USF2000 this year, with a best finish of 11th place. He missed the last two races at Toronto, and is currently 17th in the standings.