Calvin Ming Tag

By Road to Indy PORTLAND, Ore. – He might already have this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – and a Mazda Scholarship worth at least $325,000 to graduate onto the next rung of the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder in 2019 – under his belt, but now Kyle Kirkwood has his eyes set on the record books. Specifically, he is targeting the standard of most wins in a single USF2000 season, which currently stands to former Verizon IndyCar Series driver J.R. Hildebrand, who won 12Read More
By Road to Indy LEXINGTON, Ohio – Kyle Kirkwood needed only a modest few results from this weekend’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda triple-header at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to put the championship crown beyond the reach of his rivals. The 19-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., did rather better than that. Kirkwood qualified comfortably on pole position – for the fourth time this season – and was never remotely under threat as he cruised to a dominant seventh consecutive victory for Cape Motorsports to lock up the $325,000Read More

Posted On July 13, 2018By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Friday IndyCar Musings: Toronto

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer TORONTO — Friday has come and gone for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series’s annual visit north of the border for the Honda Indy Toronto and if the practice sheets are any indication, Honda will be tough to beat around the 1.786 mile street circuit. Honda-powered cars took the top six positions in the opening practice session and the top five positions in the second practice session with Scott Dixon leading both sessions. Will Power was the fastest Chevrolet in the first session, Spencer Pigot was theRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday has come and gone for the 2018 INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and despite all the on track action being devoted to the Mazda Road to Indy, the Verizon IndyCar Series had some news of its own. Alfonso Celis announced that he would be racing an Indy car for Juncos Racing at Road America. Celis raced at Barber Motorsports Park for Juncos Racing in Indy Lights, finishing seventh and eighth in his two races. Zachary Claman DeRead More
By Road to Indy ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Kyle Kirkwood drove a flawless race this morning to win the Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Allied Building Products for the locally based Cape Motorsports team. Kirkwood, 19, from Jupiter, Fla., the reigning US F4 champion, qualified second behind young Mexican Jose Sierra (DEForce Racing) but took the lead at the first corner and never looked back on his way to an impressive debut victory in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Sierra finished secondRead More

Posted On March 8, 2018By Christopher DeHardeIn Cooper Tires USF2000, Headline News

The 2018 Season Preview: USF2000

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer The 2018 season for the Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda begins on the streets of St. Petersburg with a 25 car entry list. This year’s championship looks to be a tough one on paper so let’s look at what will make up the 2018 USF2000 season. First, the tracks. USF2000 has had some venue changes for 2018. Gone is Barber Motorsports Park and Iowa Speedway but returning is the third race at Mid-Ohio, the Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway and the doubleheader atRead More

Posted On January 30, 2018By Christopher DeHardeIn Cooper Tires USF2000, Headline News

Kaylen Frederick Joins Pabst Racing for 2018

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 PilotRead More
Pabst Racing announced today that 22-year-old Calvin Ming will return to compete in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda for 2018. Ming will drive the #21 Pabst Racing MPS and APAN sponsored entry during the fourteen-round season. The 2017 season provided an excellent opportunity to lay a foundation and build a great working relationship for the Pabst Racing team and South American driver, Ming. Together, the team earned 10 top-10 finishes, four of which were podiums. Ming, who began his racing career at the age of 6 hasRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Pabst Racing’s Rinus VeeKay needed to win the final race of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda in order to win the championship. Win he did, but Cape Motorsports’s Oliver Askew was able to finish second to secure the championship and with it the scholarship that allows him to move up to the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires. VeeKay got around Askew at the start and would pull away to an early lead. AskewRead More

Posted On July 29, 2017By Christopher DeHardeIn Cooper Tires USF2000, Headline News

Thompson Claims Victory at Mid-Ohio

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer LEXINGTON, Ohio — Parker Thompson followed up on a Friday podium in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda with a win in Saturday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Thompson led from the start over Rinus VeeKay with Askew falling from third to fourth as Lucas Kohl got around Askew. Kaylen Frederick also got around Askew, dropping the series points leader to fifth after Askew had an issue with his steering rack during the race. Frederick and Askew got aroundRead More