By Steve Wittich
Turn 3 Motorsport, a two-car Indy Pro 2000 team in 2020, will be expanding their Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires footprint to include USF2000. The team’s first signed driver is Josh Green, who will be conducting his sophomore campaign on the first rung of the Road To Indy.
Green, who just turned 18-years-old, is coming off a successful Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship rookie season that saw him finish in sixth place in the season-long title chase. The second-highest finishing rookie collected three podiums, six top fives, and only four drivers to be running at the finish of all 17 races.
“I’m extremely excited about joining Turn 3 Motorsport for the 2021 season,” said Josh Green. “Each day of our testing was extremely effective and maximized in every aspect, which is the most important thing from pre-season tests. We now go into the off-season with our heads held high, and lots of valuable information in our back pockets heading into the season. Peter and Richard (Lyons) both come from backgrounds steeped in talent and success, and I can’t wait to continue to grow and learn throughout the year with them. As for the season, the goal is a championship, as it is for everyone. But, no matter the outcome, the most important thing is each one of us leaves the season knowing we put 110% into our campaign. If we’re successful in that, I have no doubt that a championship is within reach.”
After multiple state and national karting championships, Green moved to cars in 2019, just missing out on winning the hotly contested F1600 Championship Series. He had eight wins, five poles, and 18 podiums. That performance earned him a place in the prestigious Team USA Scholarship program. Green finished in the top ten at the Formula Ford Festival and was the quickest qualifier at Silverstone for the Walter Hays Trophy event.
Turn 3 Motorsport, which is led by Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 race winner Peter Dempsey, has plans to run two cars in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship alongside their established Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires program.
The Mundelein, Ill.-based squad got their start in Radical Cup before moving to the Indy Pro 2000 series in 2019. In 2020, the team won their first Road To Indy race with Danial Frost, who also scored six podiums, finishing third in the season-long championship.
Turn 3 Motorsport joins DEForce Racing, Exclusive Autosport, Legacy Autosport, Miller Vinatieri Motorsports, and Pabst Racing, as teams running in the bottom two rungs of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder.
“I’m thrilled to announce that we are expanding our program to the USF2000 Championship in 2021,” said Team Owner Peter Dempsey. “Coming off the back of a very strong Indy Pro 2000 season this year, to be able to enter USF2000 next year with a driver like Josh is a huge boost to our program, and he brings a season of experience with him to the team as well. Josh did a phenomenal job over the six days of testing we did, and we gelled together very well. We have a great group of talented people on the team, and I feel we have the ability to have a strong debut season in 2021.”
“Hopefully over the coming weeks, we will be able to announce a second driver for our USF2000 program along with some news on our Indy Pro 2000 program,” continued Dempsey. “I’ve been a part of the Road to Indy since 2008 as a driver, coach, and now team owner, so to be able to expand my team within the ladder system is fantastic as we really enjoy developing young talent in this country.”
Green’s sophomore season won’t be the first time that he has driven for a Dempsey. His adventures in the United Kingdom were with Cliff Dempsey Racing, a team founded and run by Peter’s family.
Green has been joined in USF2000 testing by fellow Team USA Scholarship winner Bryce Aron along with Christian Weir.
The 2021 USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 season officially starts on February 22, 2021, with a pair of testing days on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course. The first race of 18 scheduled will get the green flag in St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 6, 2021.