By Steve Wittich
Stand-out Canadian karter Thomas Nepveu announced this morning that he would be joining perennial championship contending Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship squad Cape Motorsports for the upcoming 2021 season.
In his eight-year karting career, the Montreal, Quebec native was a consistent winner in Canada, the United States, and internationally, representing Team Canada.
The 16-year-old made his debut in cars in the NACAM Formula 4 Championship at Autódromo de Querétaro, winning once and finishing on the podium in all three races. Nepveu also made three starts in the F4 United States Championship Powered By Honda, consistently running in the top ten during an October event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I am thrilled to be moving up to single seaters for the 2021 season, and especially with Cape Motorsports, one of the best team in the USF2000 series,” said an excited Nepveu. “Preseason testing with them has convinced me that their knowledge and winning experience will put me in the best possible position to quickly develop my racecraft and driving skills. I have a great professional team working to assist with my development, and I also want to thank my parents, Coy Arbour and all those who have helped me reach this point in my career.”
Nepveu joins a Cape Motorsports powerhouse that has won the USF2000 drivers championship 13 times. The Brownsburg, Ind. based team is coming off a 2020 season that included three wins, a series-best 18 podiums, placing three drivers in the top six at the end of the season, and their sixth team championship since 2010.
“We are extremely delighted to welcome Thomas into our program for 2021,” shared Dominic and Nicholas Cape. “Thomas’ skills come with a dedicated approach to the hard work needed, which is clearly what we are looking for at this level. We can’t wait to start preparing for the season ahead!”
Nepveu and Cape Motorsports have begun their off-season testing program, with the 2021 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season officially kicking off during ‘spring training’ at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 22-23, 2021.
The first race weekend of the season gets underway on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 5, 2021.