By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer
After a 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda that resulted in five podiums and fourth place in the championship standings, Kaylen Frederick will be returning to the championship for a sophomore season in 2018, but with Pabst Racing.
Frederick spent 2017 with Team Pelfrey, starting the season with four top five finishes and ending with nine top fives and 12 top 10 finishes out of 14 races.
“After testing in the off-season in BRDC F3, Pro Mazda, Formula Atlantic and USF2000, working with Pilot ONE Racing we’ve decided to focus on the USF2000 campaign in 2018,” said Frederick in a team release.
“Pabst Racing will provide the ideal team, car, and race preparation to enable me to win the USF2000 championship. After testing with Pabst and winning races with Tonis Kasemets in Formula Atlantic, I’ve found a team, lead engineer and environment that let my driving skills and focus excel.”
Frederick joins Rasmus Lindh, Lucas Kohl and Calvin Ming in the Pabst Racing USF2000 program.
“We had our eye on Kaylen throughout the 2017 season, knowing he would be a great addition to our team in 2018,” said team owner Augie Pabst. “Now that he is a Pabst driver, I’m certain we have signed the best four USF2000 drivers in the series. As our driver lineup is now set, we will be focused on the final preparations for the 2018 season.”
The 2018 Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires kicks off its season on the streets of St. Petersburg.