INDIANAPOLIS – Cape Motorsports accomplished its Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship lineup final week, because the four-driver lineup prepares to tackle the extremely aggressive collection discipline with the hopes of including to the crew’s historic championship historical past.
The 4 drivers – Michael d’Orlando, Spike Kohlbecker, Thomas Nepveu and Evan Stamer will be part of forces this season to chase a file 14th driver championship for the crew, and a ninth crew championship title.
The USF2000 season will start in April at Barber Motorsports Park, with the season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park in August – in whole, 18 rounds comprised of 5 highway programs, two road races and one oval. The collection sees its first motion within the Highway to Indy Offered by Cooper Tires Spring Coaching at Barber April 4-6.
Every of the 4 drivers has a formidable racing background, although solely d’Orlando, 18, has a full season of USF2000 motion below his belt. Ending fourth within the ultimate collection standings final 12 months, he captured his first collection win at Mid-Ohio, earned six further podium finishes and scored 14 top-10s in 17 races. Coming into the karting ranks on the age of 6, d’Orlando gained quite a few nationwide race and championship titles earlier than graduating to race vehicles three years in the past.
Nepveu, 16, has competed in additional than 300 karting occasions across the globe, scoring quite a few championships and race victories in his nine-year profession with PSL Karting and Birel ART. Kohlbecker, 18, moved from karts to vehicles in 2017, and has additionally raced worldwide, ending third within the 2018 Canadian Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, second within the Avon Tyres Nationwide FF Championship, seventh within the 2018/19 New Zealand F1600 Championship and third within the 2020 F4 US Championship Powered by Honda.
Stamer, 19, gained a number of karting championships with Margay Racing/Ignite Karting, with victories at legendary race tracks reminiscent of Daytona and Indianapolis. Each Kohlbecker and Stamer started their racing careers with the Ignite Karting program, which helps younger drivers transfer up by way of the karting ranks and are supported by Ignite Autosport in 2021.
The drivers are greater than able to get the racing season underway.
“I spent final week in Indianapolis getting every little thing prepared – earpieces, Bell helmet, and spent a while within the sim at Dallara,” stated d’Orlando. “From now till Spring Coaching, I’ll deal with fitness center time and naturally, testing. I’ll take every little thing that I realized final 12 months and put it towards the championship. The aim is to be constant, be quick and qualify properly. The crew is so skilled and places in a lot work, and all 4 drivers are very devoted, so we’ll come out swinging tougher than ever.”
“Between now and Spring Coaching, I’ll deal with my race craft and bettering my abilities general, off observe much more than on observe,” stated Kohlbecker. “I work with the Central Institute for Human Efficiency (in St. Louis) they usually assist me with bodily work, remedy and training – issues like studying and juggling, which improves my psychological focus within the current. That converts to raised on-track efficiency. I’m wanting ahead to studying a terrific deal this season. The crew clearly is aware of what they’re doing and that’s extra confidence for me.”
“I can’t wait to begin my first season racing a single seater with Cape Motorsports,” stated Nepveu. “I do know that they’re a terrific crew and that every little thing shall be in place to make sure that I be taught as a lot as attainable over the season. I’m dedicated to bringing the automobile and myself up in the direction of the race leaders as rapidly as attainable and obtain some good outcomes as early as attainable within the season.”
“It’s a terrific crew, they rent one of the best of one of the best,” stated Stamer. “They clearly know what they’re doing, having gained so many championships! It’s good to have three nice teammates as I be taught the automobile and the racetracks. I’m studying as I am going, and this 12 months shall be all about gaining expertise. I need to get constant factors finishes for the crew and as I acquire that have, I don’t suppose podium finishes are out of the query. Between now and Spring Coaching, I’ll be spending a whole lot of time within the fitness center to prepare strength-wise, and the Capes have a top-notch simulator at their store, so I’ll be engaged on that. After all, it’s a stability, since I’ll be spending time on schoolwork as properly, as I’m a freshman at Southern Illinois College.”