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Cape Motorsports adds Braden Eves for 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship fight

CAPE MOTORSPORTS ADDS BRADEN EVES FOR 2019 USF2000 FIGHT

Former F4 and F1600 winner primed to challenge for title out of the gate

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (February 15, 2019) – With the opening round of this year’s Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires less than a month away, Cape Motorsports is excited to announce their second driver for this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. New Albany, Ohio’s Braden Eves will join the multi-time series champions for 2019, having gained additional experience in F4, F1600 and USF2000 last season. The 19-year-old karting champion has won at some of the biggest karting events in the United States, including the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour.  Eves’ enters his first full season of USF2000 competition with wins in F4 and F1600 on his resume as well.

 

“We are extremely happy to announce Braden as part of our 2019 line-up,” commented Nicholas and Dominic Cape.  “He has the background we look for and we both feel that he will excel in our team environment. We can’t wait to get started at St Pete.”

 

Eves began his racing career in 2005 in club karting, eventually working his way up the ranks through the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup, United States Pro Kart Series, and Superkarts! USA Pro Tour. As a young karter, he added to his resume along the way, scoring many wins and titles as he established himself as one of the top kart racers in North America.

Cape Motorsports is adding Team USA Scholarship Winner Braden Eves for the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season (Photo Courtesy of Cape Motorsports)

Braden made his step up to cars in 2017, running just three of the seven events on the F4 US Championship, yet still finishing a stellar sixth overall with one victory, six podium finishes and eight top-four results. In 2018, Eves ran the first three F4 weekends of the year and then refocused, making a single weekend appearance in the F1600 Championship Series, scoring a pair of wins amidst three podium finishes. He also sampled the waters in USF2000, participating in the series finale at Portland International Raceway. Braden qualified in the top-six for both races of the doubleheader, finishing sixth in Race 1 after contact took him out of Race 2.  To cap the season, Eves was selected to join the Team USA Scholarship program in England, but was forced to decline in the invite due to a medical issue that has since been remedied.

 

“Cape Motorsports is really a great team, and their history of winning championships speaks for itself,” Eves added. “Coming off a difficult 2018 season, it’s extremely refreshing to have such confidence in the people around me. I’ve been working hard at home to put all of this together, as well as getting my fitness back to 100% after my surgeries a few months ago. Pre-season testing starts next week and I can’t wait to get back into the car. I’m excited to work with Cape Motorsports and learn from their experience! Special thanks to Team USA Scholarship for giving me the opportunity to compete for the MRTI 200k scholarship a few months ago. This season can’t come soon enough!

 

The Cape Motorsports crew continues their pre-season testing and the entire team will be on-track at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 2-3 for official Spring Training ahead of the season opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 8-10.

CAPE MOTORSPORTS CONFIRMS REECE GOLD FOR USF2000 LINE-UP

 

CAPE MOTORSPORTS CONFIRMS REECE GOLD FOR USF2000 LINE-UP

 

Lucas Oil Racing Series champion brings scholarship to defending champions

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 29, 2019) – Cape Motorsports is pleased to confirm American Reece Gold as their first driver for the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. The 14-year-old is the reigning Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series champion and brings his $100,000 scholarship to the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires armed with an extremely successful seven-year karting resume.  Gold has won top karting events and championships in the Florida Winter Tour, United States Pro Kart Series and Superkarts! USA Pro Tour. In 2018, he raced both karts and cars, winning at the SKUSA SummerNationals in the X30 Junior class in August while also scoring five victories in the 16 races in the Lucas Oil School of Racing program. Reece was on the podium in over 80% of the Lucas Oil series’ main events.

“We are extremely excited to have such a great young driver with huge potential on our team,” offered Nicholas and Dominic Cape. “In the two test days that Reece completed, his development was very impressive. What also makes this a great signing for us both is his father – Mark Gold – was one of our first customers when we opened our race team back in the day. As a race team, we are now moving into our second generation of drivers, which is truly fantastic.”

 

Gold graduated from karting to the Lucas Oil School of Racing in 2018 with a stellar Cadet and Junior karting resume.  The Puerto Rico resident scored three straight Florida Winter Tour championships between 2014 and 2016, winning the crown in the Micro Max and Mini Max categories. In 2016, he also won the Mini Swift title in the ultra-competitive United States Pro Kart Series and topped the ROK Cup Midwest series. Gold was the Mini Swift vice-champion on the SKUSA Pro Tour in 2017 and was also the runner-up in the ROK Cup Florida Winter Tour Mini Rok category.

 

Gold’s first season in open wheel car racing with the Lucas OilFormula Car Race Series this past year netted five wins, coming at NOLA Motorsports Park, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, NCM Motorsports Park and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“I am so excited to be starting my USF2000 career with Cape Motorsports,” Gold enthused. “Having won numerous championships, they are the “go-to” team. After several test days, I am so honored that they had the confidence in my abilities to give me this chance. I also would like to thank the Lucas Oil School of Racing for the scholarship towards USF2000 and, of course, my sponsor, The Ticket Clinic, for their unwavering support. I am looking forward to being part of another championship season.”

Cape Motorsports, Gold and his soon-to-be-announced USF2000 teammates will be on-track at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 2-3 for official Spring Training ahead of the season opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 8-10.

 

Cape Motorsports Confirms Lastochkin Return for Pro Mazda Attack

CAPE MOTORSPORTS CONFIRMS LASTOCHKIN RETURN FOR PRO MAZDA ATTACK

Russian driver signs with Florida-based squad to pilot PM-18 in pursuit of MRTI title

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (December 4, 2017) – Cape Motorsports is thrilled to confirm its first driver for the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires campaign. The team will welcome MRTI veteran Nikita Lastochkin back to the squad, having run the talented Russian-born driver in the USF2000 program in 2016. Cape Motorsports is planning to run a trio of PM-18s on the second level of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires next season. Off-season testing has been extremely successful and the crew is highly-motivated to challenge for the title in 2018.

“We are very excited to have Nikita return to our team for 2018,” offered Nicholas and Dominic Cape. “Nikita has gone well at all the tests we have done, and we’re looking for big things from him next year. He will play an intricate role in our 2018 assault on the championship.”

Lastochkin finished eighth in the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, running under the Cape Motorsports tent alongside Anthony Martin and Parker Thompson. Nikita scored an impressively consistent 11 top-10 finishes that year, with a season-high finish of fifth at Barber Motorsports Park. Last year, Lastochkin competed in the Pro Mazda category and finished fifth in the championship, posting eight top-five finishes during the 12-race schedule. The Los Angeles, California resident was at his best at Road America, scoring a pair of podium finishes, out-gunning both of his teammates.

“I am very happy to be able to join Cape Motorsports and to work with Dominic and Nicholas again,” Lastochkin added. “We had a great test together and I am excited to be back with them. Everyone on the team is dedicated to success and to be a part of that process is a real pleasure.”

The team just completed at test at Sebring earlier in the week and will be back on-track next week at Roebling Road. The entire staff is counting down the days to the MRTI season opener, which takes place in St. Petersburg. The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will kick off the new year on the March 9-11 weekend.

CAPE MOTORSPORTS AND ASKEW WIN AT MID-OHIO TO EXTEND USF2000 POINT LEAD  

 

Mazda scholarship driver now in strong position to race for title at Watkins Glen

LEXINGTON, OHIO (July 29, 2017) – With the title fight being as close as it is this year in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Cape Motorsports and Oliver Askew needed to hit all their marks this past weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the penultimate event on the 2017 schedule.  The 19-year-old Florida driver attacked aggressively out of the gate and was rewarded with pole position for Race 1 that set up a 1.328-second win, his seventh victory of the year.  In the second race of the doubleheader, the Mazda Scholarship driver finished fourth and will now head to the season finale at Watkins Glen International on Labor Day weekend with a 13-point lead in the championship standings.

“It was a fantastic weekend by the team as a group,” commented Dominic and Nicholas Cape. “Oliver had another great performance in Race 1, and he led most of the second qualifying session only to run into traffic on the final laps. Unfortunately, at Mid-Ohio, passing is virtually nonexistent at the front, so once the race started, everyone finished in their relative positions. We’re very happy to head to Watkins Glen with the points lead, and we’d like to offer big congratulations to Pabst Racing on their Team Championship.”

Askew was quick out of the box to begin the weekend, timing in third during Thursday afternoon’s first official practice session.Friday morning qualifying for Race 1 went extremely well, as Oliver laid down a lap of 1:24.0935 to win the pole, over six tenths quicker than his championship rival. The bonus point for the pole position was crucial addition to the obvious track position advantage.

The opening race of the doubleheader weekend started well, as Askew took firm hold of the lead from the green flag to set the pace, extending a quick advantage over those battling behind him.  Oliver’s Soul Red Cape Motorsports #3 Tatuus USF-17 was perfect throughout the race as he led comfortably through to a full course caution on lap 17, which was brought out for spin by Moises de la Vara. The race would go back to green quickly, and Askew led the field onto the front stretch before again extending his lead during the final run to the checkered flag.  The final results highlighted a 1.328-second win over Parker Thompson, in addition to bonus points for fast lap of the race and the most laps led.  The only black mark on the day was a ruling by the Race Director docking Oliver 10 points for jumping the start of the race.  Series officials deemed that he began rolling on the throttle before the set acceleration zone coming out of the final corner, which resulted in the controversial penalty.

The team put the disappointing ruling behind them and prepped Askew’s car for Race 2 qualifying, which took place on Saturday morning. With the Mid-Ohio track conditions changing constantly, after sitting on top of the heap for most of the session, Askew got stuck behind traffic and had to abort his pole lap. Askew turned in a solid session to qualify third, which would put him right behind the polesitter for the start of the 30-minute race.

In the race, Oliver was focused on getting a clean start to minimize any chance of being caught up in an opening lap incident that would negatively affect his positon in the championship. He slotted into fourth early in the race and then held the position through to the checkered flag. This consistent and mistake-free run has positioned Askew at the top of the USF2000 championship standings by 13 points with just one single race remaining at Watkins Glen International on Labor Day weekend.

DRIVER PERFORMANCE / QUOTES

COOPER TIRES USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA

EVENT #7 – JULY 28-30, 2017

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE – MANSFIELD, OHIO

 

OLIVER ASKEW – USF2000 #3

Qualifying 1: 1st – 1:24.0935

Qualifying 2: 3rd – 1:23.3416

Race 1: Start – 1st / Finish – 1st

Race 2: Start – 3rd / Finish – 4th

Driver Quote: “Race 1 went exactly to plan. We qualified on pole by 6 tenths and walked away in the race to win my 7th of the season, my car was on rails. We started third for race two and would eventually finish 4th. We stayed clean all weekend and put ourselves in a very good position to take home my first and Cape Motorsport’s 7th consecutive USF2000 championship at Watkins Glen.

 

CAPE MOTORSPORTS’ MARTIN DOUBLES UP IN PRO MAZDA AT MID-OHIO

Australian talent takes over championship point lead with crucial weekend performance

LEXINGTON, OHIO (July 29, 2017) – Cape Motorsports has scored countless championships in their long history of American open wheel competition and they’re once again poised to add to their pedigree. Reigning USF2000 champion and current Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires point leader Anthony Martin turned in a virtually perfect weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to position himself to win back-to-back Mazda Road to Indy titles, scoring two victories in the tripleheader. Martin won the first and third races of the Pro Mazda weekend, held on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural terrain road course, and would have made it three-for-three if not for an unfortunate incident with a lapped car.

“The team, as a whole, performed at the top of their game from qualifying onward,” offered Dominic and Nicholas Cape, Team Owners. “Anthony did a wonderful job controlling Victor both of the first two races, the outcome of Race 2 was a bitter pill to swallow. Then we really got to see what Anthony is made of, to come back and truly let it rip in the final race was awesome to see. We’re all looking forward to the oval at Gateway and resuming the championship fight.”

Martin topped the Pro Mazda time chart following Thursday afternoon practice, but was edged out for the Race 1 pole position by Carlos Cunha in challenging Friday morning conditions. The opening race of the three-event weekend as held that afternoon, and Martin was quickly to the front of the field as he got to the inside of Cunha during the first run down the long Mid-Ohio backstraight.  Martin’s primary title challenger Victor Franzoni chased Anthony for the next 21 laps, but he would never see open track out front.  Martin handled the pressure and drove a flawless race to win by 0.3874 seconds at the line, taking the point lead in the process.

The second race of the weekend was held on Saturday afternoon, and Martin picked up his qualifying pace early in the day to earn the pole that morning. The grid for Race 3 was set by the second fastest lap in that session as well, which earned Martin his second pole of the weekend.  The second race developed much like the first, with Franzoni chasing Martin for the entire duration.  This time, lapped traffic would play a role in the outcome as Martin eventually caught Franzoni’s Juncos Racing teammate Jeff Green heading into the Carousel corner with just two laps to go. As Martin attempted an outside pass, Green moved left and while contact was avoided, Franzoni was able to slip inside to take the lead and the win.  Officials ruled that the incident was not blatant, which left Martin with a second-place finish. As a result, he dropped back behind Franzoni in the title chase.

In the final race of the weekend, Martin took all his frustration from Saturday and channeled it into a truly dominant performance. The Aussie turned the fast lap of the race on the second last circuit and scored a massive 13.995-second win to re-take the point lead heading to the oval at Gateway. It was his fifth win of the year and his fifth win in his last six starts at Mid-Ohio, a stat that includes his sweep of the USF2000 tripleheader at the track in 2016.  With the win, Martin assumes a four-point advantage with three races remaining on the schedule.

The final trio of events will begin at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 25-26, when the Pro Mazda Championship drivers contest their only oval event of the year.  Martin and the team will attend the official series test on the 1.25-mile oval on August 10.  The season finale will be a doubleheader at Watkins Glen International on September 1-3.

DRIVER PERFORMANCE / QUOTE

PRO MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES

EVENT #4 – JULY 28-30, 2017

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE – LEXINGTON, OH

 

ANTHONY MARTIN – PRO MAZDA #8

Qualifying 1: 2nd – 1:19.386

Qualifying 2: 1st – 1:19.543

Race 1: Start – 2nd / Finish – 1st

Race 2: Start – 1st / Finish – 2nd

Race 3: Start – 1st / Finish – 1st

Driver Quote: “Overall, it was a great weekend for us at Cape Motorsports. We came into the weekend seven points behind in the championship and we came out four points in front. We won two races out of the three and gained crucial points midway through the season. This gives us confidence going forward in the season.”

 

CAPE MOTORSPORTS’ OLIVER ASKEW WINS AT USF2000 OPENER IN ST. PETE

 

 Team’s rookie driver assumes point lead after first weekend of the 2017 season

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (March 15, 2017) – The opening round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda marked the official competition debut of the Tatuus USF-17 race car, and perennial series powerhouse Cape Motorsports did not skip a beat with the new chassis, scoring a race win with their rookie phenom Oliver Askew.  The young American, who won the Mazda MRTI $200,000 Scholarship Shootout, was at or near the top of the time charts all weekend. After finishing second in the opening race of the doubleheader on Saturday, the 20-year-old dominated the late-afternoon running of the Race #2, powering to a 1.2056-second triumph to leave St. Petersburg with the championship lead. Askew’s teammate Ricky Donison had a rougher weekend, but after a tough start in practice and qualifying, he re-focused on maximizing seat time and ran a pair of clean races to begin his career in the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.

 

“Although the weekend started off on a rough note, the team as a group pulled together as they always do, and our drivers Oliver and Ricky hammered home great results at our home GP, so we couldn’t be happier,” commented Dominic and Nicholas Cape, Cape Motorsports Team Owners. “There’s a long way to go and a lot of fighting to do with so many good teams and drivers, so we are really looking forward to Barber.”

The opening practice session on Thursday afternoon was slowed by multiple red flags due to cars impacting the wall, including Donison. This resulted in minimal laps being turned, so neither of the Cape drivers were able to get into the groove to turn top times. This put both rookies behind the eight ball for qualifying.  When they got back on the track on Fridaymorning, Askew improved his pace with every successive lap and turned his fastest time on the last circuit to jump to third, which put him on the inside of the second row for the start of Race #1. Donison had a good qualifying effort as well, running the full session, and like Oliver, he turned his fastest lap just as the checkered flag was presented. Ricky would slot into the 12th position on the starting grid for the first race of the doubleheader.

In the second qualifying session, to set the grid for Race #2, Askew improved to second behind former Cape driver Parker Thompson. Donison pushed hard throughout the session and was inside the top-six in the late going, but he overcooked the entry to turn eight and ended up in the tire barrier, bringing out the red flag. As per the rules, he lost his fast time, which dropped him to 13th in the order.

The opening race enjoyed a clean start and would go green to checker, which allowed Askew to get out away from the field with the leaders.  He set up shop in third and then went to work on Pabst Racing’s Calvin Ming for second eventually taking over the position. Oliver set the fastest lap of the race in his pursuit of the leader, but came up just short at the checkered flag to earn his first USF2000 podium in his first start.  With a couple of incidents already under his belt, Donison learned from the experience and rebooted his mindset, dialing down his aggression to ensure that he finished both races.  In the opening race of the weekend, he brought the car home in one piece with a 13th place finish.  This was crucial, as the second race took place just 2.5 hours later. Damaging the car could have potential affected the opportunity to make it onto the grid for Race #2.

Both Cape cars rolled up later Saturday morning to cap the first weekend of the series, and Askew was on the attack from the get-go, grabbing hold of the lead at the opening corner when Thompson pushed wide.  From there, Oliver set the pace to pull away before turning the fastest lap on lap 17 of 21 to take his first series win and the overall championship lead.  Donison again focused on maximum seat time and finished 17th in the final tally.

The team is thrilled to be working with noted driving coach Jonatan Jorge of JJ Racing Development for the 2017 season. Jorge will be coaching all three Cape Motorsports drivers – Anthony Martin, Oliver Askew and Ricky Donison – and the results have already been stellar. Jonatan has been a very positive addition to the team.

Cape Motorsports will now look forward to the third and fourth rounds of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series, which will take place on April 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

DRIVER PERFORMANCE / QUOTES
COOPER TIRES USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA
ROUND #1 – MARCH 10-12, 2017
GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG – ST. PETERSBURG, FL

 

OLIVER ASKEW – USF2000 #2
Qualifying 1: 3rd – 1:15.5879
Qualifying 2: 2nd – 1:15.4995
Race 1: 2nd
Race 2: 1st

 

Driver Quote: “My mindset for the weekend was to start the season with good points. I understand that street races can be treacherous, so I didn’t push moving on with a deficit. I had a fantastic race car, which enabled me to finish well without having to take too many risks. To win on debut is incredible, and I think this is just a glimpse of what is to come.”

 

RICKY DONISON – USF2000 #3
Qualifying 1: 12th – 1:16.4064
Qualifying 2: 13th – 1:16.3985
Race 1: 13th
Race 2: 17th
Driver Quote: “I was a bit nervous going into the round because it was my first time racing on a street circuit and there was absolutely no room for error and, being a new driver, I am still learning. My first session was where it all started and I ran a bit too wide coming off turn 10, causing me to retire from the session, I was disappointed in myself because I was trying to push from the first lap out and ultimately ended up in the wall. This meant I had to go into qualifying with a disadvantage, so in Q1 I was just building up to it and the session went quite well. Q2, however, didn’t go as well, I was running in the top-six and because I was pushing too hard I ended up in the wall coming out of turn 8. There was a lot of damage done to the car, but my team did an amazing job of getting the car back out for the first race. My focus for the rest of the weekend was just to finish both races, so that’s what I did. I wasn’t pushing as hard as I should have, but I didn’t want to wreck the car. The weekend could’ve gone better, but I’ve learned a lot and I’m looking forward to the next round at Barber.”

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About Cape Motorsports:

Cape Motorsports campaigns cars in the Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The team is the winningest operation in USF2000 history, having won the last six Driver and Team Championships with pilots like Matthew Brabham, Petri Suvanto, Scott Hargrove, Florian LaTorre, Nico Jamin and Anthony Martin. The goal of Cape Motorsports is to provide unmatched driver development both on and off the track.  It is difficult for a young driver to jump into a professional series and win, regardless of talent.  Through coaching and mentoring, Cape Motorsports provides young drivers with as much knowledge of motorsports to become as successful as possible.

CAPE MOTORSPORTS AND ANTHONY MARTIN SWEEP PRO MAZDA IN ST. PETE

 

Reigning USF2000 champions carry momentum of 2016 title run into second rung of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (March 14, 2017) – Even though they are a one-car Pro Mazda effort this year with just a single stream of set-up data, Cape Motorsports and their driver Anthony Martin didn’t let that affect their performance in the opening rounds of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Last year’s USF2000 champion was the dominant driver at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this past weekend, handling both the competition and the 1.8-mile / 14-turn temporary street and airport runway circuit with relative ease. Martin swept the weekend in his #8 Cape Motorsports ‘Soul Red’ Mazda-backed machine, topping four of the five on-track sessions from qualifying through to the final event of the weekend on Sunday afternoon. Martin left the Gulf Coast city with a 16-point lead in the championship standings. It was a special weekend for the St. Petersburg-based Cape Motorsports operation as well, winning in both Pro Mazda and USF2000, in their home race.

“It was an awesome weekend for Anthony and the whole team,” offered Nicholas and Dominic Cape. “It was a total team effort. Everyone is working towards one common goal, and it was a great way to start the season at our home GP. As a team, we must keep our feet firmly on the ground. There is a long way to go and it will be very difficult when you’re fighting against quality teams and drivers.”

Martin and Cape Motorsports teamed up in 2016 to win the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, securing both the Driver and Team Championships, and the winner of the MRTI scholarship began his season as a sponsored Mazda driver by sitting second on the time sheets after the only practice session of the weekend on Friday morning. Martin turned things up in the two separate qualifying sessions, held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, outgunning Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzoni for the pole for both Race #1 and Race #2, taking the bonus points that come with leading the field in qualifying.

In the opening race on Saturday, which went green to checker, Martin controlled the green flag start and maintained a small gap to Franzoni for the entire race, never putting a wheel wrong. He would cross the line with a 0.5084-second advantage at the end of the 30-minute timed event, taking the win in his first ever Pro Mazda Championship race.

Race #2 was more of the same, although the extended 40-minute distance was slowed by a lap 22 caution that bunched up the field and gave Martin’s competition one more shot at getting by Anthony for the win.  Martin nailed the restart and proceeded to extend his lead for the final eight laps to win by 1.0259 seconds at the checkered flag, completing his sweep of the available points.  Martin left St. Petersburg with 66 points and a healthy 16-point lead over Franzoni.

Cape Motorsports and Anthony Martin back to the track in just over six weeks for the third and fourth rounds of the series, which will take place on April 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

DRIVER PERFORMANCE / QUOTES
PRO MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRE
ROUND #1 – MARCH 10-12, 2017
GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG – ST. PETERSBURG, FL

ANTHONY MARTIN – PRO MAZDA #8

Qualifying 1: 1st – 1:13.6718
Qualifying 2: 1st – 1:13.5689
Race 1: 1st (+0.5084 seconds)
Race 2: 1st (+1.0259 seconds)

Driver Quote: “This weekend was truly the perfect outing for not only myself, but everyone involved in getting me out there. Cape Motorsports squeezed everything out of the Soul Red Mazda and it felt great all weekend. I knew it would be close with Victor in the races and I just had to focus on minimizing any mistakes and hitting all my marks. Having good starts and getting out front early meant that I could manage my Cooper tires throughout the race and be fast when it counted at the end. I can’t thank the Cape Motorsport crew enough. As a team, with Oliver’s debut win in USF2000, and my two wins in Pro Mazda, it meant a lot for everyone and we can’t wait for the next race!”

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About Cape Motorsports:

Cape Motorsports campaigns cars in the F4 US Championship, Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The team is the winningest operation in USF2000 history, having won the last six Driver and Team Championships with pilots like Matthew Brabham, Petri Suvanto, Scott Hargrove, Florian LaTorre, Nico Jamin and Anthony Martin. The goal of Cape Motorsports is to provide unmatched driver development both on and off the track.  It is difficult for a young driver to jump into a professional series and win, regardless of talent.  Through coaching and mentoring, Cape Motorsports provides young drivers with as much knowledge of motorsports to become as successful as possible.

Team release and our notes: Cape Motorsports Confirms Donison as First USF2000 Driver

Team Release:

CAPE MOTORSPORTS CONFIRMS DONISON AS FIRST USF2000 DRIVER

Champion karter from India set for Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires debut

 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (February 21, 2017) – Cape Motorsports is pleased to confirm their first driver in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Kart racer Rick Donison, a winner of multiple national karting titles in his native country of India, will make his Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires debut at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which will kick off the season in just over two weeks.  The 18-year-old will pilot the #2 USF-17 for the multi-time championship winning team, and the entry will be sponsored by JK Tyres.

“We are really excited to have Ricky compete on behalf of our team this year,” offered Dominic and Nicholas Cape. “The tests have gone well, and he has shown great improvement, so we’re looking of big things from him.”

Over the last four years, Donison has worked on his racecraft running the JK Tyres Rotax Max National karting series, launching his career with the ‘Best Newcomer of the Year Award’ in the Junior Max category in 2013.  Donison swept the JK Tyres National Rookie Cup in 2014, winning all 10 races, and then went on to win eight out of 10 races in the National Kart Open Championship. The young driver then capped the season by winning the Rotax National Championship.  Ricky moved to the Senior Max class in 2015 and again dominated the National Kart Open Championship, winning eight out of eight races. He extended his schedule to race the Rotax Max Asia Championship and was fourth overall, becoming the first Indian driver to finish in the top-five in the Asian program. Donison once again dominated the JK Tyres Rotax National Championship, winning the title in his rookie year as a senior on the strength of five straight pole position starts and a four-for-five victory record.  Last year, he dominated both the JK Tyres National Kart Open Championship and National Rotax Max Championship to extend his streak to three titles. In addition, he finished as the vice-champion in the Rotax Max Asia Championship, although an on-going technical protest could still result in him winning the title.

Having wrapped his impressive karting career, Donison is ready to tackle his next challenge.  Ricky logged some initial formula car seat time running in a few Formula BMW India and UAS F4 races, and is looking forward to his first full season of car racing.

“I haven’t done a great deal of running in cars yet, so it’s going to be quite a big step moving up from karts, but I am really looking forward to racing the USF2000 series and taking the Mazda Road to Indy, especially because no other Indian has ever taken this route, so I will be the first,” Donison enthused. “Testing is going well so far and I am adapting to the car rather quickly, but I still have some work to do. I’ll be sure to be there when it matters. My expectations aren’t too high because it’s my first year properly racing cars and my first year in the championship with new cars and tracks that I’ve never driven. I’m hoping to consistently be in the top-5 or 6 every race. I’m really looking forward to the first round in St. Petersburg!”

The team will participate in two official test days at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 28 and March 1 ahead of the season opener in St. Petersburg.  The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is scheduled for March 10-12 and will feature all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires to support the Verizon IndyCar Series.  Fans of Donison and Cape Motorsports can follow all the action live throughout the season on the Mazda Road to Indy app or through the MRTI.TV website (www.roadtoindy.tv).

The team is hoping to make the official announcement of their second USF2000 driver within the week.

TSO Ladder Notes from Steve:

  • Donison is the first Cape Motorsports entry and 13th driver confirmed for the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda season, joining: Moises de la Vara (DEForce Racing), Kory Enders (DEForce Racing), Rinus VK (Carlin/Benik), Devin Wojcik (ArmsUp Motorsports), Chandler Horton (RJB Motorsports), Robert Megennis (Team Pelfrey),  Parker Thompson (Exclusive Autosport),  Andre Castro (Newman Sachs Racing), Calvin Ming (Pabst Racing),  Ayla Agren (Team Pelfrey), and Lucas Kohl (Pabst Racing).
  • Donison, who twice represented India at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals,  doesn’t have much experience in cars, but did score three podiums in his debut at the inaugural Formula 4 UAE Championship rounds at the Yas Marina Circuit. 
  • If Donison’s sponsor, the Delhi, India based JK Tyres, sounds familiar to MRTI fans, it’s because you have seen it before. Indiana driver Armaan Ebrahim made five Indy Lights starts backed by the company in 2012. 
  • The St. Petersburg, Florida based Cape Motorsports will be going for their sixth straight Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda when the 2017 campaign opens in their hometown on March 10, 2017. 
  • TSO Ladder fully expects the second Cape Motorsports driver to be MRTI $200K Scholarship Shootout winner Oliver Askew to announced at the same time as fellow Mazda Scholarship winners Anthony Martin (2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda champion) and Aaron Telitz (Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire champion)
  • You can follow Donison on the following social media platforms: Twitter – Instagram – Facebook

Cape Motorsports Sweeps USF2000 wins at Road America

Cape Motorsports with /WTR logo

CAPE MOTORSPORTS SWEEPS USF2000 WINS AT ROAD AMERICA

Anthony Martin dominates weekend, Jamin steps up with first podium in Pro Mazda

Anthony Matin, a Cape Motorsports with /WTR sophomore won both races at Road America and tightened up the USF2000 championship title fight against his teammate Parker Thompson (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography)

ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 30, 2016) – The entire Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing squad turned in impressive performances last weekend (June 24-26) as the Mazda Road to Indy made its return to Road America. The team won both races in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and returned to the podium in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.  Australian talent Anthony Martin extended his USF2000 win streak to three with a sweep of the races on the iconic 4.018-mile, 14-turn circuit, pulling into a tie for the point lead with teammate Parker Thompson, who scored a pair of top-five finishes including a podium third in Race 2. Nikita Lastochkin added to the USF2000 results with two finishes inside the top-eight, while team newcomer Jordan Cane bounced back from a Race 1 incident to finish sixth in Race 2.  Cape’s Pro Mazda star Nico Jamin rose to the occasion and challenged for the podium all weekend, finishing a stellar second in the second race of the doubleheader.

Martin got the weekend off to a great start, qualifying his #8 Burgess BLA Van Diemen on pole on Friday, while Thompson timed in third in his #2 Weyburn Energy entry to line-up directly behind his teammate for the opening race on Saturday morning. All four drivers qualified in the top-10, with the rookie Cane sitting sixth (#4 Adidas) and Lastochkin in ninth (#3 Russkaya Mekhanika).

Martin assumed the lead at the green flag for the first race on Saturday, but an incident between two of the Pabst Racing cars brought out the caution before the first lap could be completed.  On the ensuing restart, Martin again handled the proceedings, jetting out to the lead.  Cane spun on lap 7 when his front wing, damaged during a lap four skirmish in Turn 5, finally detached itself from his Van Diemen and wedged itself under the car in Turn 14.  Despite the fact that the field stacked back up behind Martin for the restart, the 21-year-old defended the attack and pulled away to a 0.911-second win over Jordan Lloyd.  Thompson finished fifth and Lastochkin was sixth. Cane was officially classified in 21st.

The second race of the weekend, held later that day, went green to checker with no issues and Martin let it be known that he would not be challenged, inching away to a 2.652-second win.  With his victory on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway in May, this extends Anthony’s streak to three wins and the team’s run to seven victories on the strength of Thompson’s sweep of Barber Motorsports Park and Anthony and Parker’s split of the wins at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Thompson improved to third in Race 2 at Road America, getting back on the podium, while Cane rebounded to turn in a strong run to sixth. Lastochkin carded his second top-10 of the day with his eighth place finish.

“What can you say about these guys, they always bring there A-game,” said Dominic and Nicholas Cape, Team Owners. “Week-in and week-out, they’re really hammering it out. The team atmosphere is fantastic, and they’re all really pushing each other hard and results show it. Toronto is next and it’s one of our favorite race weekends on the calendar. It’s an awesome city with great race fans. We can’t wait to get going.’

In Pro Mazda, Mazdaspeed Scholarship backed Nico Jamin continued to show the improved pace the team found at the official Mid-Ohio test earlier in the month, debuting near the very top of the speed charts on Thursday in the #2 Soul Red Mazdaspeed machine.  The reigning USF2000 champion was quick from the get-go at Road America, qualifying third for the opening race.  In the first 40-minute timed event on Saturday morning, Nico pushed hard through the opening corner and narrowly missed his braking marker and made unfortunate contact with Jake Parsons, sending Nico off track with wing damage. He needed to pit for a new front wing, and despite losing a lap and finishing 10th, he turned the fastest lap of the race to earn a valuable bonus point.

In the second race, held on Saturday afternoon, the Frenchman was on his game, pushing the eventual victor all race long.  Nico ran a flawless race and finished second, his first podium finish of the 2016 Pro Mazda season.

The next round of the Pro Mazda Championship was originally scheduled for July 9-10 weekend at Iowa Speedway, but series officials elected to cancel the event at the 7/8 mile oval due to insufficient entry numbers. To replace the event, they will add a third race at the #SoulRedFinale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September. As a result, the team will now look forward to travelling north of the border to the Honda Indy Toronto, the popular street circuit event in the capital city of Ontario.  The race will take place on July 15-17 and will see the participation of all three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy.

For more information on the team, please visit www.capemotorsports.com.

DRIVER PERFORMANCE / QUOTES

ROAD AMERICA – ELKHART LAKE, IW

JUNE 24-26, 2016

 

NICO JAMIN – PRO MAZDA #2

Qualifying: 3rd – 2:05.921

Race 1: 10th

Race 2: 2nd

Driver Quote: “Overall, it was a very good weekend for me. It’s great to see that we are back at the front, fighting for wins. We had a great test at Mid-Ohio where we were the fastest for two days. That gave us a great momentum heading into Road America. The track was amazing, it was one of the fastest circuits I’ve been to and I had a blast driving it. I’m very proud of the whole team, and it feels good to step back on the podium with a second place finish.  ”

 

PARKER THOMPSON – USF2000 #2

Qualifying: 3rd – 2:11.312

Race 1: 5th

Race 2: 3rd

Driver Quote: “I’m proud of myself and my team for keeping our heads in the right frame of mind this weekend. With the intensity of racing on track, we could have easily thrown away a championship this weekend. Instead, we pulled off two solid results and came out very much in the game headed to three of my strongest tracks. Time to get ready for my home Grand Prix, and the summer leg of the USF2000 Championship.

 

ANTHONY MARTIN – USF2000 #8

Qualifying: 1st – 2:10.779

Race 1: 1st

Race 2: 1st

Driver Quote: “What a great weekend for the Burgess BLA car. Being able to finish the mid-season races off with two poles and two wins was just what I needed to challenge Parker for the championship. The Cape Motorsport boys gave me an awesome car all weekend and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done. Going into Toronto now even for the lead in the championship, I will be fighting harder than ever to get some more wins and more crucial championship points.

 

NIKITA LASTOCHKIN – USF2000 #3

Qualifying: 9th – 2:12.099

Race 1: 6th

Race 2: 8th

Driver Quote: “”It was a good weekend at a great track that I was looking forward to drive at all year. We had a good start in practice, a bit unfortunate in qualification where between the red flag, drive through penalty and traffic I just did not manage to put a good lap together. Race one was a lot of fun, where it was a lot of action from the start. Looking at how the race unfolded in the end, it could have been a better result by a couple of positions if it wasn’t for some defensive driving that forced me off the road a few times. All good fun though. The second race was much more processional than that. I had some problems with the brakes halfway thought that made a bit of a gap to the pack up front, but once I got on top of it with the tools we have in the car as much as I could, I just closed back up on the cars in front at the very end so there wasn’t much action in that race.

 

JORDAN CANE – USF2000 #4

Qualifying: 6th – 2:11.635

Race 1: 21st

Race 2: 6th

Driver Quote: “The weekend from the get-go was going to be a big learning curve with the new team/car, a new track and very minimal track time. In practice one, we ended up P6 which wasn’t bad for our first time at the track, but in the following session, we had an engine sensor issue which caused us to miss the whole of the second session. On the day of qualifying, only doing four flying laps, we ended up P6. In Race 1, I just made a mistake four laps into the race causing us to retire three laps after the incident. After resetting my thoughts for Race 2, we started seventh and finished sixth with an early move at the start and with a suspension failure two laps into the 14-lap race. All in all, it was an up-and-down weekend, but I felt that I learnt a lot and came away from the weekend happy and feeling confident for the following round at Toronto.

CAPE MOTORSPORTS CONTINUES USF2000 WIN STREAK AT INDIANAPOLIS

Cape Motorsports with /WTR logo

CAPE MOTORSPORTS CONTINUES USF2000 WIN STREAK AT INDIANAPOLIS

Anthony Martin and Parker Thompson split victories on Indy road course

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 18, 2016) – After dominating the action in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park in late-April, Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing fueled their momentum even further when two of their drivers split the victories during the Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.  Australian talent Anthony Martin drew first blood on Friday as he scored his maiden Mazda Road to Indy win, while Canadian Parker Thompson made it three wins in four races as he was victorious on Saturday, adding to his double-win total from Alabama. Cape’s third driver, Russian-born Nikita Lastochkin, was collected in an incident on Friday and then battled back to 11th in the second race on Saturday.

“What a brilliant job our whole USF2000 team did at IMS,” offered Nicholas and Dominic Cape. “It’s a constant fight every session to try to be on top, with all the front runners pressing as hard as they can. Anyone could be on the pole and anyone could win a race, it’s truly fantastic to be a part of.”

In the opening race on Friday afternoon, Martin led from the green flag after starting on the pole thanks to turning the fastest lap during morning qualifying.  Thompson started alongside his teammate but was outrun into the opening corner by Pabst Racing’s Jordan Lloyd.  Contact deeper in the pack on the opening lap put the race into a full course caution and, on the ensuing restart, Martin again managed his lead while Thompson found a way around Lloyd to move into second.  For the remainder of the 30-minute race, Parker pushed hard to chase down Anthony, but it was not in the cards as the 2015 USF2000 Rookie of the Year was brilliant all day and cruised to the first Mazda Road to Indy win of his young career by a margin of 0.514 seconds in his #8 Burgess BLA entry.  Thompson had a large gap over the third place car, while Lastochkin was not able to finish the race after he was struck by another car that was attempted to get back onto the track after an off into the grass.  He was officially classified in 23rd.

Thompson’s second fastest lap in qualifying earned him the pole for Race 2 on a chilly Saturday morning, and the Canadian bolted away at both the green flag and on the restart after a long early yellow flag period in his #3 Weyburn Energy / Uber / #AlbertaStrong Van Diemen. The series point leader picked up where Martin left off from Friday, running off to a 0.711-second win, his third of the year and Cape’s fourth straight triumph. Martin never gave up the chase for his second victory of the weekend and finished in the runner-up position, vaulting him to second overall in the championship standings behind Thompson, who now leads by 28 points. Lastochkin was able to avoid issue, and finished in the 11th position in his #2 Russkaya Mekhanika entry.

The team is definitely on a roll with four straight wins and first and second in the standings.  They will return to competition in Indianapolis on the May 26-27 on the banked 5/8th mile oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for the newly scheduled Carb Night Classic in the Friday evening before the Indianapolis 500.  The USF2000 pilots will run on a 75-lap main event, called the Freedom 100.

For more information on the team, please visit www.capemotorsports.com.

DRIVER PERFORMANCE – ROUNDS 5/6

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY – INDIANAPOLIS, IN

 

PARKER THOMPSON – #2

Qualifying: 2nd – 1:26.173

Race #1: 2nd

Race #2: 1st

Driver Quote: “”The Grand Prix of Indianapolis treated the #2 Cape Motorsports car very well. We knew what we had to do, and that was to maintain solid finishes for the championship. It was another near perfect weekend for us. My hat goes off to the entire Cape Motorsports crew for preparing us great cars for the start of the season. I can’t thank Weyburn Energy, Uber and my remaining partners enough for all of their support. Things are feeling great at the moment, but it’s time to put my blinders on and focus hard on the midway point of the season coming up.”

 

ANTHONY MARTIN – #8

Qualifying: 1st – 1:26.105

Race #1: 1st

Race #2: 2nd

Driver Quote: “Coming out of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a win gives me more confidence going into the next race, the Freedom 75 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Having finally got a win under my belt and an strong weekend overall, I’ve moved to second in the championship and now I can strive hard to gain more points on my teammate!”

 

NIKITA LASTOCHKIN – #3

Qualifying: 7th – 1:26.768

Race #1: 23rd

Race #2: 11th

Driver Quote: “Indy was a very tough weekend for me, as after the day of testing I got sick and was running a fever, which was getting only worse throughout the weekend. In the first race, I made a late pass on a car that went on the grass coming out of the previous corner, but he did not see me and turned into the back of my car, which got airborne. There was a lot of damage to both the chassis and engine, but my team did a phenomenal job in putting the car back together for the race the next day. On Saturday, we had quite a long safety car period and I made a mistake on the restart, which cost me a few spots. All in all, I have to say big thank you to Cape Motorsports, as everyone on the team helped me get through the weekend. Right now, I’m focusing on getting well rested and being ready to for Lucas Oil.

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