Reigning USF2000 Team Champions Pabst Racing announced today that 19-year-old racecar driver and student Lucas Kohl will return for 2018. Kohl has signed to drive in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in the #22 Pabst Racing entry during the fourteen-round season.
The Pabst team made a huge impression in 2017 by earning the Team Championship title. Anxious to keep the momentum going, the team is eager to get back to the racetrack and excited to announce a returning driver.
“We built a solid relationship with Lucas in 2017 and we are thrilled to continue building his program into 2018,” said team owner Augie Pabst. “Lucas now has the confidence and experience to be a contender every weekend.”
Kohl returns to Pabst Racing after placing seventh in the 2017 championship and, with more experience under his belt, is anxious to built on the chemistry cultivated in his first year with the team.
“The whole Pabst Racing team works really well together and for me it is an honor to be part of the team,” said Kohl. “We come from a strong 2017 where we won the team championship, and I hope we can go for more in 2018!”
Born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil, Kohl began his racing career in karts at the age of ten, winning his very first race. Kohl eventually moved on to open-wheel cars in 2014, winning the Formula Junior National Championship with eight victories in sixteen races. In 2015, he gained experience in Endurance Racing driving a P3 Prototype for the State and National Endurance Series in Brazil, earning three podiums.
Upon announcement, Kohl reflected on his 2017 performance at Road America where he earned a podium finish and noted some goals for the upcoming year.
“For me the highest point was our Road America weekend,” stated Kohl. “and in 2018, the main goal is to be competitive and fight for wins and podiums every race weekend.”
The #22 entry driven by Kohl will see Belko trading, Kohltrade and IVI Vision on board as partners.
As the 2018 season quickly approaches, Pabst racing is busy preparing and plans to announce the rest of the team lineup in the near future.