Joey Brienza Set To Make his USF2000 Debut With Exclusive Autosport

Joey Brienza Set To Make his USF2000 Debut With Exclusive Autosport

For Immediate Release: May 9, 2022

Young American joins EA’s USF2000 stable at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway

BROWNSBURG, IN (May 9, 2022) – Exclusive Autosport is pleased to announce that American Joey Brienza II will make his Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship debut this coming weekend at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 17-year-old has already enjoyed a full year of running under the Exclusive Autosport banner in the FRP F1600 series in 2021, where he finished third in the championship. Brienza is competing in the FRP F1600 series for the 2022 season in an effort to win the title, and to log as much seat time as possible. Joey’s IMS USF2000 effort will be the first of four Road to Indy events in which he will compete this season, as he is limiting his participation to maintain his rookie status for his first full season, which is slated for 2023.

“I am very excited to announce that I will be making my Road to Indy debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Brienza. “IMS is such a historic track and making my debut there is going to be special. I’d like to thank Michael Duncalfe and everybody at Exclusive Autosport for making this happen, and my family for their continued support. The Exclusive Autosport USF2000 car is very fast and competitive, and I am looking forward to the opportunity! I can’t wait to get on track!”

“I am really looking forward to Joey making his USF2000 debut at IMS,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “We have had the pleasure of working with Joey for the last year and a half as he has made the transition from karts to cars. He is an incredibly smart and talented young driver with a bright future ahead of him.”

@IMSA WTSC Canadian Results from WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway

@IMSA WTSC Canadian Results from WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway

Here’s a rundown of where the Canadian participants finished in this weekends IMSA races at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. Canadian drivers and teams are in “BOLD“. The drivers managed to get to the podium six times on the weekend with the Pfaff Motorsports team taking the victory in the GTDPRO class in the IWTSC race.

IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

 LMP2

1st – J. Farano / L. Deletraz Tower Motorsport

GTDPRO

1st – M.Campbell / M. Jaminet Pfaff Motorsports

 GTD

7thR. DeAngelis / M. Martin Heart of Racing

9thD. Morad / M. de Quesada Alegra Motorsports

Lamborghini Super Trofeo

Race 1

1st Pro – Kyle Marcelli / D. Formal Wayne Taylor Racing

4th ProAm – Damon Ockey / P.Liddy O’Gara Motorsport

Race 2

2nd Pro – Kyle Marcelli / D. Formal Wayne Taylor Racing

5th ProAm – Damon Ockey / P.Liddy O’Gara Motorsport

 

Porsche Carrera Cup North America

Race 1

1st Pro – Parker Thompson JDX Racing

1st ProAm – Marco Cirone Mark Motors Racing

9th ProAm – Thomas Collingwood BGB Motorsports

Race 2

1st Pro – Parker Thompson JDX Racing

9th ProAm – Marco Cirone Mark Motors Racing

8th ProAm – Thomas Collingwood BGB Motorsports

Satisfying Weekend For Thomas Nepveu In Alabama !

Satisfying Weekend For Thomas Nepveu In Alabama !

Birmingham, (Alabama, United-States), May 1st, 2022 – Thomas Nepveu was back on track in the USF2000 series, part of the Road to Indy program. The driver of the #10 Cromwell | Pétrole Bélanger | Home Hardware | Karting Excellence of DEForce Racing car came out on top, scoring important points for the championship in both races held at Barber Motorsports Park.

Nevertheless, it was a tough weekend for the young DEForce Racing driver who was hoping for better results. “I had set the fastest time in practice at Barber a few weeks ago, so I was confident that I had the speed to fight for a top-five finish,” said Thomas, who qualified 7th in both races and finished 6th on both occasions. “However, this is a track where it is very complex to overtake, so in the race, besides a few maneuvers here and there, I was more of a spectator.”

“It was a tough first race,” the Oka native recalls. We had a good start and gained a position, but it was hard to get close to the driver before me. Every time I managed to catch him, I couldn’t get around him. I maximized the material I had, but I had more ambitions for the weekend’s second race.”

The second race presented many challenges, starting with the rain that first delayed the on-track sessions, then cut them short. However, the first series dried the track, so by the time the USF2000 race started, the tarmac was dry and the sun was shining bright.The day before, DEForce Racing had made some adjustments to Thomas’ car that paid off, according to the driver, “we were faster than Saturday, but again, passing was complicated. I moved up one place from the start, but that’s all I managed to do. I’m pleased with my car and will definitely maximize its potential at the next event.”

The race was very tight, especially due to a caution in the final minutes that brought the field back together. Thomas was in the lead pack but couldn’t catch up on Simon Sikes, but ultimately finished the 17-lap event in 6th place.

“The results are not representative of the weekend’s performance,” said Thomas Nepveu’s motorsport coach, Coy Arbour. “We didn’t execute well in the first qualifying session, and Thomas was well on his way to set claim position when a caution occurred in the second session. Barber Motorsports Park is a difficult track, and aerodynamics is a key element that can be compromised when cars are following each other too closely. Still, we scored valuable points, and we now head to a tripleheader event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in two weeks.”

Thomas Nepveu Is Back On Tack At Barber Motorsports Park This Weekend.

Thomas Nepveu Is Back On Tack At Barber Motorsports Park This Weekend.

Oka (Québec, Canada), April 28, 2022 – It’s a long-awaited return for Thomas Nepveu at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. It has been a two-month hiatus since the USF2000 season-opener last February in the streets of St. Petersburg. Nepveu will finally be on track this weekend, April 29 to May 1, in his #10 Cromwell | Pétrole Bélanger | Home Hardware | Karting Excellence DEForce Racing machine.

After a successful first event, in which Thomas claimed pole position for the first race and then led 19 laps before being taken out by a competitor trying a daring pass, he is looking forward to this weekend.

“My goal is not only to win but also to finish both races,” explained the young Oka native. “I can’t afford any more accidents like what happened in St. Petersburg.” It’s a two-way strategy for Thomas; on the one hand, he wants to grab the win, but on the other hand, he wants to be crowned Champion.

“The goal of the season is to win the championship, so I’ll have to settle for third or second place if it’s too risky to fight at the front.”

Barber Motorsports Park is a 3.8-kilometre track that he is very familiar with, having competed in last season’s events at the Alabama venue and having tested there this year. “It’s a beautiful track with a lot of elevation changes. The surface is nice; there are no bumps. However, it is a challenge to overtake; the qualifying session will be very important.”

“I”m looking forward to getting back into the USF2000 program at Barber Motorsports Park,” added Coy Arbour, Thomas’ coach. “Barber is a difficult track, but Thomas is getting comfortable there and he has proven his pace. Look for the DEForce #10 car near the front! “

About Barber Motorsports Park

 Barber Motorsports Park is a challenging track with an incredible view. Not far from Birmingham, Alabama, it is a popular destination for fans and USF2000 and IndyCar teams. The 2.3-mile road course features 17 turns and 80 feet of elevation changes in a single lap. The lap record is held by Pato O’Ward, who posted a time of 1:06.81 in 2021.

Events and times are available live here: https://www.usf2000.com/results/live-timing

Weekend Schedule

April 29

Practice – 12pm *

Qualifying 1 – 4:15 pm

April 30

Qualifying 2 – 10:15 am

Race 1 – 3:20 pm

May 1

Race 2 – 9 am

* Central daylight-saving time

ST Racing Opens 2022 GT WORLD CHALLENGE AMERICA  With Two Top Five Finishes

ST Racing Opens 2022 GT WORLD CHALLENGE AMERICA With Two Top Five Finishes

April 18, 2022.- Samantha Tan Racing completed its first GT World Challenge America weekend of 2022 with two top five finishes in-class at Sonoma Raceway, the second of which was the result of a storming recovery drive from the back.

The 2022 GT World Challenge America season-opener marked ST Racing’s first SRO-affiliated race start with the Canadian team’s new BMW M4 GT3. All signs pointed towards a strong Sonoma weekend for team co-owner Samantha Tan and ST Racing stalwart Nick Wittmer when the #38 M4 GT3, which last month secured its maiden competition victory in Mugello, set benchmark times in the PRO-AM category during Free Practice.

 Admittedly, changeable weather conditions on Friday meant ST Racing was unable to qualify as competitively as anticipated, though the BMW’s pace was showcased from the get-go. From 13th on the grid, Samantha had already moved up two places by the second corner after a scintillating start, and a third by the end of the first lap. Metronomic pace and typically rapid work from the experienced ST Racing pit crew meant that, following the race’s obligatory pit stop, Nick was able to run a controlled race thereafter and secure an overall top 10 finish and 5th in the PRO-AM class.

 The start of race two proved equally as fighting, with Nick moving up three positions in short order on the first lap only for an assisted off-track moment to drop the Canadian back down the order. Aided by BMW’s legendary build quality, a determined Nick Wittmer was quickly back on the tail of the field and already moving through the ranks come race two’s obligatory pit stop. A strategic decision to do an undercut and bring the car in as soon as the pit window opened meant Samantha was able to push unhindered and charge through the field across her final stint of the weekend and secure a hard-earned 8th overall – a 12-place gain from lap one – and 4th in-class, barely two seconds off the category podium.

 Though setbacks during qualifying – qualifying in the rain on a dry setup – ultimately left the team with more work than anticipated across Saturday and Sunday, ST Racing can nevertheless be proud of a productive first weekend of its PRO-AM championship assault.

Kenneth Tan, team principal: “It was like Dubai all over again but a little worse; the car arrived just in time with no test data, we were missing spare parts, and it rained on the only test day we had. The crew once again did an amazing job setting the car up given the dearth of data we had. Nick and Sam drove brilliantly given the sub-optimal setup we had for the car. Thus, finishing P5 in class and P10 overall on Saturday’s race and then improving to P4 in class and P8 overall during Sunday’s race was pretty good. Sam did an amazing job in moving us up 7 positions on Saturday and 12 positions on Sunday. She really upped her game and the team will do just that for the next race. I am very encouraged and excited to see how much more we improve in the future. Can’t wait!

Samantha Tan, co-owner/driver: “We had a rainy qualifying session but our team had gambled on a dry setup for the car. The moment I got in the car, it started pouring rain. Luckily we had time to put rain tires on, but both sessions were not ideal. I qualified 15th and Nick qualified 18th. However, we knew we had a strong dry setup, and the weather looked good for both races! I started race 1 and managed to make up 3 positions on the opening lap before I handed the car off to Nick, who brought the car home 10th overall and P5 in class! Nick started race 2 in P18 and also made up 3 positions on the opening lap before being pushed off track in the chicane, sending us down into last place. The team decided to pit right when the window opened and put me in the car, and I drove my heart out – I made up 12 positions to P8 overall and P4 in class, only 2 seconds away from a podium! The team put together a great car and we gained a lot of valuable experience that we will bring to the next round. Overall, a good start to the SRO season with some championship points!

Nick Wittmer, driver: “Race 2 was definitely Sam’s race! It was a good start, going from P18 to P15 in the opening few corners until I was pushed off track in the chicane. From then on, my job was to keep the car clean. We were stagnant in the position we were in, so the team decided to pull me in as soon as the pit window was open to put Sam in the car for more track time and to get some passing done while the other teams were doing their pit stops. She gained around 5 positions during the pit stops and I believe 5 positions on track, she did an excellent job and without her wheeling the car up the order, we wouldn’t have finished where we did today! Huge thank you to Samantha and the team, she definitely got the job done today.

Round two of the 2022 GT World Challenge America takes ST Racing to the Ozarks International Raceway in Missouri on 20-22 May.