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2018 Team USA Scholarship Candidate Selection Confirmed; Includes Primus Racing Team Driver

LEXINGTON, Ohio – The process of choosing two young American drivers to represent their country at a pair of premier Formula Ford events in the UK, the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, is under way. Ten drivers representing a broad cross section of race series not only in the U.S. but overseas have been selected as candidates for prestigious Team USA Scholarships. All have been invited to attend this week’s Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series/Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, where their attributes and communication skills will be assessed by a collection of seasoned auto racing professionals.

The winners also will earn an invitation to the Mazda Road to Indy $200k USF2000 Scholarship Shootout – and a chance to emulate Oliver Askew, who secured both a Team USA Scholarship and the MRTI Scholarship in 2016. Askew went on to win the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and has now progressed onto the next level of the acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel driver development ladder by competing in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

This will mark the 29th consecutive year in which the Team USA Scholarship has been providing young American drivers with opportunities to meet influential figures in the sport and contest some international events. Jimmy Vasser, who went on to win the 1996 CART IndyCar World Series and later become an Indianapolis 500 winning team owner, was the first recipient in 1990. Others to have followed in his footsteps include Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice, Indy 500 Rookies of the Year Phil Giebler and JR Hildebrand, current Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and rivals Charlie Kimball, Spencer Pigot and Conor Daly, plus sports car standouts Dane Cameron, Joel Miller, Joey Hand, Andy Lally, Bryan Sellers and Trent Hindman.

This year’s Team USA Scholarship candidates are (with age, hometown and current racing affiliation):
• Dario Cangialosi, 18, Chester, N.J., F1600 Championship Series
• Jake Craig, 20, Mission Viejo, Calif., F1600 Formula Tour Championship (Canada)
• Courtney Crone, 17, Corona, Calif., Formula Car Challenge Presented by Goodyear
• Braden Eves, 19, New Albany, Ohio, F4 U.S. Championship powered by Honda
• Joey Essma, 21, Charlotte, N.C., F1600 Championship Series
• Nicky Hays, 16, Huntington Beach, Calif., SCCA Formula F
• Hunter McElrea, 18, Gold Coast, Qld., Australia, Australian Formula Ford Championship
• Colin Mullan, 16, Danville, Calif., IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
• Tyler O’Connor, 21, New Hartford, Conn., F1600 Championship Series
• Simon Sikes, 17, Martinez, Ga., F2000 Championship Series

The selection panel will include Pigot, Miller, Askew and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race winner (and 2014 Team USA alum) Aaron Telitz; Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull; Harding Racing VP Vince Kremer and Executive Consultant – and two-time Indy 500 winner – Al Unser Jr., Indy Lights team owner Brian Belardi; Cooper Tires Technical Consultant and five-time Indy 500 starter Johnny Unser; Mazda Motorsports’ Operations Manager Kyle Kimball; Mazda Road to Indy promoter Dan Andersen; American Honda Motorsports Manager T.E. McHale; Bell Racing USA Director of Motorsports Chris Wheeler; PitFit Training President Jim Leo; and RaceCraft1 Principal Kelly Jones.

The judges will be tasked initially with selecting six finalists who will be invited to attend a shootout in conjunction with the Lucas Oil School of Racing at a date and venue yet to be determined.

“It’s hard to comprehend that we have been running this program for so long but I am extremely proud of our alumni’s accomplishments and grateful to all of our partners for making it possible,” says Team USA Scholarship Founder and President Jeremy Shaw. “I believe we have assembled a strong group of candidates and look forward to seeing how they progress.”

Primus Racing signs Liam Synder for F2000 debut at Mid-Ohio

Primus Racing has signed  15 year old Liam Snyder from Southlake, Texas to drive their Van Diemen Mazda MZR Powered F2000 chassis in the upcoming F2000 Championship Series event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 28- July 1.

Snyder who is a sophomore at Carroll High School started his racing career by driving a Spec Miata on parade laps at MSR Cresson at just age 11. After proceeding to go over 100mph his father realized it was time for him to start racing. Liam began racing in the LO206 category and each year moved up to a faster class until reaching shifter karts at age 13. That same year Liam was enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School where he learned the necessary skills to propel him forward in his driving career. Using his experience from his practice in Spec Miata, Liam was instantly one of the quickest drivers in the field and was able to use his prior experience in the driving department to focus on learning and improving his race craft. Liam received his SCCA Novice License at age 14 and really began his transition from karts to cars. That upcoming season Liam raced in both Formula Mazda and Spec Racer Ford. This year Liam has been competing in the Mazda powered GPFour series events with wins at NOLA and COTA. Liam has been a front-runner and a challenger for the podium at nearly every GPFour event that he has competed in and shows no signs of slowing down.

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After competing in the GPFour event at Mid-Ohio just a few short weeks ago Liam is feeling very prepared heading into the weekend, “I see this weekend as a huge opportunity for my development as a driver. More competition will help me be the best that I can be. My goals will be to learn the car, and get a natural feel for it by the end of the weekend.”

“We are excited to have Liam on board for the weekend. We have been following him all season in our GPFour Championship and he has shown great form thus far. He has the right attitude and approach to his racing. He will definitely fit in around here!” said Primus Race Engineer & Co-Owner, Derich Cutshaw.

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Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages throughout the weekend for updates and photos from the event! All races will be live on the RaceMonitor App and more info, including a schedule for the weekend can be found at F2000Series.com!

 

Primus Racing expands to 4 car effort for Mid-Ohio

It’s been a while since we have actually posted a story here but we hope you have noticed some of the other updates including the driver lineups, results, and photos in our galleries.

A lack of stories here does not mean there have not been a lack of stories this season, quite the contrary in fact! The first few races of 2018 have been some to remember and in typical motor sport fashion, have included their shares of highs and lows. I won’t go into a history lesson here but the gist of it is we just came of our best F4 weekend of the season with our driver, Justin Gordon, finishing a season high 5th while holding the fastest lap of the race right until the very last lap! We also just came off of what turned out to be a very successful weekend in F2000 with our driver, Simon Sikes. Our F2000 weekend at VIR had its downs to begin with but we finished the weekend out with a thrilling drive from 9th on the grid to the final step on the podium, all while closing the championship margin from 25 points to a mere 5 as we head into Mid-Ohio.

Mid-Ohio is always one of our favorites and is definitely a driver favorite. So much so, in fact that we have expanded our effort by 2 cars, including an additional F4 and an additional F2000.

Mid-Ohio Map

Our F4 addition is a familiar name to the championship and after narrowly missing out on the podium at Mid-Ohio last year he just couldn’t stay away. Primus Racing Team is happy to announce that Jim Goughary Jr. will be back in the seat of his F4 machine and is very highly motivated to get the job done!

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In addition to Jim’s return we have also signed an additional driver to fill our 2nd F2000 seat. We can’t announce this one just yet but stay tuned, we will be sure to post another story as soon as we can!

As always, be sure to check out our other pages here, like our Facebook page, Primus Racing Team, and be sure to follow us on Instagram @primusracingteam to stay in the loop on everything we are doing!

2018 is here…..almost.

As of yesterday the 2018 F4 U.S. Championship schedule has been set! Some of our favorite tracks as well as a few new additions are included and we are very excited to get started. Check out our “Schedule” page to see exactly where 2018 will take us!

Besides working hard in the shop as we prepare for our first off-season test we have also been slowly but surely updating the website. Plenty of new photos as well as a few other new items have been posted.

Have a look around and see whats new! Let us know if there is anything else you want to see! Until then we will be working hard on 2018, stay tuned.

2017 F4 U.S. Championship – Opening Weekend Review

It’s been a while since we have had some time to give everyone an update on the happenings here at Primus Racing but we haven’t forgotten about you!

About a month ago (seems like only days ago) our 2017 F4 season began at Homestead-Miami Speedway in sunny South Florida. Months of preparation, countless hours of improvement and testing all lead up to this weekend. The first weekend is always crucial in a very close championship as it sets the tone for the season; will you have a hole to dig out of, will you come out on top…All questions we were ready to answer.

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Nick and Derich working hard to get Jim’s car prepared for testing!

The weekend began with a Promoters Test Day and allowed the team to shake the cars down during several install laps and start going through a few items for verification from testing. The test day went well and the team felt confident going into qualifying.

Qualifying began as normal with the drivers getting an initial feel for the changes that were made overnight and ensuring the balance was where they liked it before pushing hard on the new Pirelli tires! The team worked bit-by-bit to improve the car throughout the session and a mixed result came of it. Jim Goughary was able to qualify 10th, a very strong result for the team. Austin McCusker struggled with traffic during the session and could not string together a clean lap, placing him in 24th. Not an impossible challenge to win from either position but we all knew it would be a fight!

Race 1 began later that day with a similar feeling to the end of qualifying. Jim in his #4 Primus Racing machine, was able to make a great start and lunge hard on the brakes into turn 2 to pass a total of 6 cars in the first lap! Austin, being further back, knew the first lap would be a difficult one to come out of unscathed. Heading into turn 3 the field rapidly checked up causing Austin to hit the rear of another driver and badly damage his front wing. The team closely monitored the damage and the lap times and determined it was safe to leave Austin on track to attempt to improve his position. Meanwhile, Jim was battling hard for a spot on the podium. Every few laps the train of cars from 2nd to 5th would swap positions as the used the draft down the front straight. Unfortunately, all this battling allowed the leader to pull away a slight bit as each lap passed. The field finally started to separate and Jim was able to hang on to the 4th position to bring home a really solid result to start the year off with! Austin was able to finish the race despite the damage and came home in P22.

The team was able to repair the #5 car overnight and several changes were made to both cars in preparation for races 2 & 3. Race 2 starting positions were based on fastest laps from Race 1, this placed Jim P5 and Austin P30 after receiving a 10-grid spot penalty. Austin had a much better start to Race 2 but encountered some minor front wing damage again during the very close battles for position. Austin was able to improve 10 positions to finish 20th. Jim had another hard fought battle at the front, constantly drafting and being drafted by, this time he came out in 5th, another solid, points paying finish.

Race 3 began just about an hour after Race 2 which created a whole different race in the paddock as the teams worked frantically to repair damages, debrief with their drivers, and make and changes to the cars. Primus Racing was able to get all the work done in time and the cars rolled to the grid to start P4 (Jim) and P24 (Austin).

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Both drivers got off to strong starts and were both in good positions to improve. An early safety car allowed us to re-group and give the drivers another change to make some moves on the restart. Everyone in the 33 car field was paying attention as the green flag flew yet again. Jim was making solid progress until another driver made a very optimistic move down the inside of turn 2 and hit the left rear corner of Jim’s car, sending him off track. Jim was able to keep the car gathered up but fell to 11th in the process. Austin continued to maintain a solid, consistent pace and was clicking off positions one-by-one. Jim was able to fight back to finish 8th, keeping his streak alive as )the only driver to score points in every single F4 U.S. race to date (18 events as of 5/16/2017). Austin was able to improve to finish 16th, his best result of the weekend. Despite not scoring any points Austin kept his head help high and knew where he weekend went wrong and what we needed to do to improve!

The team has been working hard on everything from logistics to car prep for the past month as we prepare to race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway! Be sure to stay tuned in the coming weeks as we will keep you all up to date with the schedule as well as any other information about the weekend in Indy!

Primus Racing celebrates early season success!

This story started what feels like a year ago at the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, for the opening two rounds of the 2017 GPFour season! After getting a bit of a late start the team really worked well together to get the cars prepared and ready to be on track.

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Justin Gordon’s new Primus Racing GPFour machine!

The weekend started with a quick practice session that the team was pleased with. We had done no testing prior to this event and had to rely on old notes an instincts to get the cars to the pointy end of the grid. The first race of the weekend had a very exciting start as our driver, Becker Reardon, was headed to the front very early on. A slight mistake resulting in a spin caused Becker to stall the car and he could not get it re-fired, ending his day early. Austin McCusker had a great first race placing 5th and gaining some good information for the team to use to make valuable improvements. Becker knew his car was capable of winning, as did Austin, and they were both ready to prove that point on Sunday for the final race of the weekend.

The 2nd and final race of the weekend began a lot like the first with very aggressive moves throughout the field as everyone tried to capitalize on everyone being so close before other classes caught the pack and made things more difficult. After a few laps of very intense racing the leaders encountered some traffic  and got tangled up with each other allowing all three Primus Racing machines to work into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The green flag flew for the restart and the Primus teammates were being smart, staying in line and using each others drafts to gain some room between themselves and the rest of the pack. Justin Gordon, driver of the Primus Racing #2, made a slight mistake while trying to move forward and fell into the clutches of the hard charging second group where he would fight and defend for the remainder of the event. All eyes then turned to the front where Becker and Austin were batting it out for the lead, swapping position multiple times per lap. Unfortunately, this allowed for the pack to catch up and Paul Schneider to slip by and take the win with Austin McCusker in second and Becker Reardon in third. Justin Gordon fought his way back to sixth and was happy to have learned a lot of good information for the team. The team was happy with the results but knew we had our work cut out for us as the series was expected to grow a bit for the next event at Sebring.

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Becker Reardon after a hard fought second round.

Just a few short days later the team arrived for setup day in Sebring. A change in the driver lineup was to take place so the team worked to fit Flinn Lazier into the Primus Racing #6 entry. Everyone worked very hard and methodically through the test and practice days leading up to qualifying and Round 3 on Saturday afternoon. After the morning qualifying session it was discovered that the #16 car of Becker Reardon had encountered a critical gearbox failure that would not be repairable for the balance of the weekend. Becker and the team were  naturally not happy about this but were pleased that before the failure the #16 was on the pace and looking poised to take the fight to the front of the pack. The #6 of Flinn Lazier qualified second and the #2 of Justin Gordon qualified 6th after just having a new engine installed due to an engine failure on Friday.

The first race of the weekend (Round 3) was a thriller to say the least. After some good battles for the first half of the race a full course yellow came out giving everyone a very good opportunity to make up some ground they may have lost. With not much time left in the race this would be the pivotal moment of the race. The green flag was called and Flinn emerged in the lead with Justin in third. Both Flinn and Justin drove a great final stint and managed to keep both cars on the podium giving Primus Racing its first win and double podium of 2017, a great result for everyone on the team!

The final round of the weekend, Round 4 for the season, was sure to be an exciting race as well. The field took the green and fanned out down the front straight, Kerry Jacobson who started on pole was forced to the inside of the track to defend as everyone behind tried to work their way forward. Flinn took his #6 to the top of the track to get the best approach possible into turn 1 and was able to pull off the move and emerge into the lead! Headed into turn 1 just a lap later a suspension failure would end what looked to be his race to win. A few laps later a red flag was thrown due to some damage on course, bringing all the cars to pit lane. Justin Gordon was able to keep his streak of coming through the field alive and was stopped in the 4th position when the red was thrown. When the cars rolled off of pit lane there was still plenty of time left for Justin to continue his excellent drive. After another excellent restart he was able to hang on to 3rd position giving him two podium finishes for the weekend.

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Primus Racing after Round 3 of the 2017 season.

It was definitely a crazy start to the 2017 season for everyone. If these races are any indication of how the rest of the 2017 edition of the GPFour championship will play out we are all in for a very exciting year! The series has a bit of time off now but will resume in March at Road Atlanta! Be sure to stay tuned, you won’t want to miss this!

For more information on the GPFour championship be sure to visit www.gpfourinfo.com!

Primus Racing to start 2017 season this weekend!

Primus Racing will be starting our 2017 competitive season with 4 races in 2 weekends! This weekend, January 6-8, at Homestead International Speedway in the season opener for the 2017 GPFour Championship, then straight to Sebring for Round 2 of 7.

The last race of 2016 at Road Atlanta was a barn burner and we expect nothing less for the entire 2017 season!

We are very excited about the potential field of drivers from the young guns to the seasoned veterans. Needless to say, it will be a very exciting season opener!

The 2017 GPFour Schedule can be seen below:

1) Homestead –  Jan 6-8
2)Sebring Intl. – Jan 13-15
 
3) Road Atlanta – March 10-12
 
4) VIR – April  14-16
 
5) Daytona Intl. –  May 5-7
 
6) Barber Mtps. Park  –  Aug  28-29 (Tentative)
 
7) Road Atlanta – Nov 4-6
Stay tuned to Facebook and GPFourinfo.com for updates from the races, you won’t want to miss out on the action!

F4 Mid-Season Review & Road Atlanta

Two new episodes of F4 US Championship Today mean taking a look back at the first half of the 2016 season as well as the action from the 3 rounds from Road Atlanta!

Highs, Lows, and some really good information and on-board action all unfold in Episodes 4 & 5! Click the links below to relive more of 2016 with Primus Racing!

F4 US Championship Today – Mid-Season Recap

F4 US Championship Today – Road Atlanta

Primus Racing has successful PRI 2016!

Over the weekend Primus Racing attended the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show and had a great time doing so!

It was great to catch up with everyone from Honda Racing/HPD as well as Max Crawford and his team, now known as Onroak Automotive U.S. The team also enjoyed catching up with everyone at SCCA Pro Racing, as well as several old colleagues and friends!

A major highlight of the show was the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship schedule being formally announced as well as the plans for the start of U.S. Formula 3 (F3) in the very near future!

Overall, it was a very successful and enjoyable show for Primus. A massive F4 grid as well as new competitors and teams will make 2017 a year for the books! We are truly looking forward to the challenge that it will present and are ready to get the season started!

Be sure to check back in the coming weeks for more information on our 2017 Team & Driver lineup!

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Nick and Derich at the 2017 Schedule Press Release

Primus Racing victories showcased on F4 US Championship Today!

A few of our season highlights showcased in the latest episode of F4 US Championship Today! New Jersey was definitely a roller coaster weekend for the team but everyone will never forget the first (and only so far) team 1-2 finish in the series! A great feeling for everyone on the team, especially Jim Goughary as this was also his first F4 US victory! Tune in with the link below and share it with your friends and family!

F4 US Championship Today – New Jersey Motorsports Park