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By Ron Bijlsma & Tony DiZinno
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The Ladder 2013, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 Racing Yearbook,  

By Tony DiZinno and Ron Bijlsma,

Forewords by Sage Karam, Matthew Brabham and Scott Hargrove 

(Approx. 320 Pages, Hardcover w/ Dust Jacket, 11" x 9.25" or 28.2 cm x 23.5 cm)

Yearbooks have the power to capture a season’s memorable moments, and serve as a keepsake for all participants and fans of the sport. We take a detailed look at the young talent racing in the American open wheel ladder system with:

The Cover Design
The Cover Design

In this recap, we look at the Firestone Indy Lights Series, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda seasons. The three divisions are all part of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, where graduates from all three series have eventually gone on to race in the IndyCar Series, the top level of open wheel racing in North America.

Page Design 1
Page Design 1

Over 28 total race weekends (42 Races), the next generation of open wheel talent either continued their progression from 2012 or emerged from seemingly out of nowhere.

Page Design 2
Page Design 2

In the following 300-plus pages, through Art Center College of Design Graduate Ron Bijlsma’s captivating photography  and through Marquette Graduate Tony DiZinno's equally captivating words, we seek to tell the stories of each race weekend, the people who made their name and impact on the field, and produced starring roles.

Page Design 3
Page Design 3

Between March and October, the two of us traveled around the U.S. and Canada to a wide variety of circuits. Ovals such as the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Milwaukee Mile were joined by classic road courses such as Sebring International Raceway and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the brand, spanking new Circuit of the Americas in Austin and diverse street circuits in St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Toronto, Trois Rivieres, Baltimore and more.  

Page Design Teams & Drivers 1
Page Design Teams & Drivers 1

For drivers, teams, media, sponsors and fans alike, this book will serve as an invaluable resource that provides unmatched, comprehensive coverage on the entire 2013 season.

Page Design Championship Table 1
Page Design Championship Table 1
Rewards, Exclusive Note Card. (Folded 5" x 7", Samples, Final designs may differ slightly)
Rewards, Exclusive Note Card. (Folded 5" x 7", Samples, Final designs may differ slightly)
Rewards: The Set of 3 - 8.5" x 11" Art Prints (Samples, Final designs may differ slightly)
Rewards: The Set of 3 - 8.5" x 11" Art Prints (Samples, Final designs may differ slightly)
Rewards; The 2014 Ladder Large Format Calendars (13" x 19")(Samples, Final designs may differ slightly)
Rewards; The 2014 Ladder Large Format Calendars (13" x 19")(Samples, Final designs may differ slightly)

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in producing a yearbook like this is actually already behind us; the commitment of covering all 42 races and all the challenges that come with it are now met. This Kickstarter is literally set up to help us get past the final challenge of getting the book from our minds and laptops onto paper.
We are proud that it will be a self-published project which will allow for independence and total creative control over the book.
The biggest risk with this book, of course, is that if the minimum threshold is not met, the book will not be printed.

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