|The holiday season is here! It’s one of my favorite times of year (aside from race season, of course). I hope that you are all having a great holiday season so far. I admit, I am because I was able to leave the cold of Indiana and head south to Sebring International Raceway in Florida last week to test with Turn 3 Motorsport. It was great to be back in a car.|
Being back at Sebring was a bit of a homecoming for me. I have tested and raced there several times in the past. In fact, four years prior (to the day), I won a Lucas Oil School of Racing Karts to Cars Scholarship at Sebring in December 2018 that allowed me to compete in the 2019 Lucas Oil School of Racing Championship Series. That season I drove the full course several times and had memorable close battles in the fight for the championship at the last race of the 2019 season.
Joining Peter Dempsey’s program for a few days felt familiar to me. That’s because I raced for his dad, Cliff Dempsey and Low Dempsey Racing, as part of the Team USA Scholarship in 2020 in the UK. And, even more fun, was rejoining my teammate from England, Jonathan Browne on track who is heading into his second season with Turn 3. It was also good to see another 2020 Low Dempsey teammate, who now races in British F3, Max Esterson, who also stopped by.
This time, I was on track in the bigger, faster USF Pro 2000 car. I felt very comfortable in the car and by day 2, I was quick. By the end of the day, we think I was running times that were solidly in the top 3 based on stop-watch timing and just over a tenth behind my more experienced teammate.
After my test, I got to stick around for a couple of extra days to serve as a coach for a Lucas Oil School of Racing basic event. I always have fun helping new drivers learn the sport as they get their careers off the ground.
So now it’s onto the holidays as we continue to work toward securing funding for 2023 and hopefully a full season ride in the USF Pro 2000 Championship Series and be within one step of Indy Lights (now called INDY NXT). As always, we are very grateful to our current partners: Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, Browning Chapman Specialty Contractors, Race for RP, High Alpha, Caldwell Subways of Hobart/Valparaiso, Caldwell Realty, Prime 47 Indy and Cox Beckman Goss accounting services.
We have room on the car and in our program for 2023! We’d love to add more partners and have exciting VIP experiences lined up for next year. So, if you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our team, just let me know. We’d love to talk to them to see if we can provide value. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!