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.”

Billy Frazer Continues USF2000 Campaign With Exclusive Autosport In 2022

Billy Frazer Continues USF2000 Campaign With Exclusive Autosport In 2022

04/Feb/2022 Exclusive Autosport Release:

SASKATOON, SK (February 4, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport is pleased to announce the return of New Zealand’s Billy Frazer to the team for his sophomore season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in the #90 Tatuus USF-22 machine. In the 2021 USF2000 season, the 18-year-old completed every lap in all but one race in his 21 starts and posted two top-five and eight top-ten finishes. As last season was his first year of competition outside of his home country, Billy’s focus in the Tatuus USF-17 was learning the car and the tracks in North America. Armed with this valuable experience, the Kiwi will contend for wins straight out of the gate.

 

“I’m super excited to be back with the Exclusive Autosport team for the 2022 season,” said Frazer. “I will be looking to build on last years’ experience and performances. It’s game on now!”

 

“It is great to have Billy back with us for a second year of USF2000,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “Billy got his feet wet with North America racing in 2021 and put up some solid performances. He had to learn a new car, new tracks, and the North American lifestyle the last year. He did a great job adapting to his new surroundings and came out stronger at each event. We are looking to build and capitalize on that growth and experience in our 2022 efforts and look forward to kicking things off in St. Petersburg in February.”

 

Exclusive Autosport is continuing with its off-season testing program with Frazer and his previously announced teammates Jacob Douglas, Louis Foster, and Christian Brooks at scheduled events in the southern states, ahead of the official Road to Indy Spring Training event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 14-15, 2022. The new season officially kicks off at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida on February 25-27, running alongside the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

 

Jacob Douglas Joins Exclusive Autosport’s USF2000 Stable for 2022

Jacob Douglas Joins Exclusive Autosport’s USF2000 Stable for 2022

Exclusive Autosport Release 01/Feb/2022 :

SASKATOON, SK (February 1, 2022) – Exclusive Autosport is happy to announce New Zealand’s Jacob Douglas as their first USF2000 driver for the 2022 season. Like most drivers, the 16-year-old driver got his start in karting at the age of eight, practicing and racing locally before traveling throughout New Zealand and around the world at major events. By the age of 15, Douglas was a four-time New Zealand karting champion and was the first-ever NZ karting driver to be selected by the FIA CIK Karting World Academy Championship. In 2021, Jacob began his open-wheel quest in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship where he finished sixth in the championship and received the South Island Rookie of the Year. Jacob has been extensively testing with Exclusive Autosport during the off-season and has already built a solid connection with the crew. He’ll drive the team’s #90 JDM Properties Exclusive Autosport Tatuus USF-22.

 

“I feel really pleased about joining Exclusive Autosport in 2022,” said Douglas. “Throughout all of our testing so far, the team has been very welcoming and very professional. I look forward to the upcoming season with them and strongly hope to continue with them in years to come. I appreciate that in 2022 I have a steep learning curve to adapt to racing the USF2000 cars and the Road to Indy program, but I am excited to get going. It has been a big journey already just to get on the grid so I would like to thank all of my partners back in New Zealand that made this happen and I hope to see some of them over at my races this year.”

 

“Jacob is an exciting talent,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “I have to give him a lot of credit, being a 16-year-old, and coming over to the United States on his own to work towards a career in INDYCAR. He has done a fantastic job in our initial team tests and has acclimated very well to the USF-22 race car. We are thrilled to have Jacob part of the Exclusive Autosport team, and we look forward to the season and strong performances from him.”

 

Exclusive Autosport is continuing with off-season testing with Jacob and his already announced Indy Pro 2000 teammates Louis Foster and Christian Brooks at scheduled events in the southern states, ahead of the official Road to Indy Spring Training event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 14-15, 2022. The new season officially kicks off at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida on February 25-27, running alongside the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Exclusive Autosport to make anticipated expansion to INDY Lights in 2022

Exclusive Autosport to make anticipated expansion to INDY Lights in 2022

Exclusive Autosport Release : 3/Nov/2021

2021 Indy Pro 2000 Team champions now linked from F1600 through to Indy Lights

SASKATOON, SK (November 3, 2021) – As the only open-wheel racing team in North America with its own internal development ladder system running from F1600 racing into the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, Exclusive Autosport is thrilled to announce that after a hiatus due to Covid 19, it will expand once again in 2022 by making its debut in the top-level Indy Lights program. Coinciding with the anniversary of its tenth year of competition, the growing operation has acquired two brand new Dallara IL-15 chassis and plans to field two entries next season. The team was initially set to make its debut in the Indy Lights program in 2020 but, due to the season being canceled, the team made the decision to focus solely on their USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 programs for an extended period. This resulted in the operation’s first Road to Indy Team Championship, winning the prestigious honor in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship this season. Armed with this momentum and taking the opportunity to leverage the growing momentum in the Indy Lights program, Exclusive Autosport is excited to finally complete its platform along the entire RTI ladder. The team has already signed its first Indy Lights driver for 2022, and this announcement will be made in the near future.

“We are really excited to get back into the Indy Lights series,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “Even though we purchased two used IL15 cars previously, due to Covid, we were only able to use them for private testing. We will enter the 2022 season with two brand-new Dallara IL15 chassis, a very experienced crew, and an incredibly talented driver already signed. We are extremely optimistic about our chances in Indy Lights and will be building from the positive momentum of winning the Indy Pro 2000 Team Championship. We are really looking forward to the 2022 season getting underway.”

Using F1600 racing as its launching pad into the world of open-wheel competition, Exclusive Autosport is the winningest team in the Canadian Formula 1600 competition over the last six years, having scored 16 titles in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship (Ontario) and the F1600 Canada (formerly Formula Tour in Quebec) programs. The team has also found success in the Formula Race Promotions F1600 Championship, winning the title in 2015. EA returned to American F1600 competition in 2021 scoring four wins and finishing third in the championship. The Canadian-owned operation has grown steadily over the last five years, having expanded from their multi-time championship-winning F1600 team in 2017 when they purchased and ran four Tatuus USF-17 cars to debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Expansion continued in 2018 when they added their Indy Pro 2000 Championship program, and since then, the team has continued to be one of the top running programs to compete within the RTI series, racking up a combined 19 wins, 48 podiums, 16 poles, and one team championship.

In 2022, Exclusive Autosport will become the only team with its own driver development ladder that reaches from F1600 through to Indy Lights, providing a direct road for a driver with the quest to one day run in the NTT INDYCAR Series.

“INDYCAR is pleased to see Exclusive Autosport make the move to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires,” said Levi Jones, Director of Indy Lights. “Seeing an established team use the Road to Indy platform to expand their reach is tremendous. It is a team with a championship pedigree and a program that will push everyone in the 2022 championship. We look forward to working with Michael and his group as we continue to elevate Indy Lights.”

 

About Exclusive Autosport:

Exclusive Autosport (EA) is a professional racing team dedicated to the success of its drivers in open-wheel formula car competition in North America. EA operates teams on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and will expand to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2022. The team also competes in the F1600 Championship Series in the US, and in F1600 competition in Ontario, Quebec and Eastern America to develop young racers for advancement up their internal ladder system. Exclusive Autosport’s drivers have secured numerous championships, race wins, podium finishes and pole positions, as well as Rookie of the Year awards. Exclusive Management Inc., the team’s parent company, has enjoyed great success in both open-wheel and sports car racing and has worked with standout drivers. Their mission is to develop drivers and prepare them for the upper echelons of professional motorsports.

Stats:

 F1600:

Wins – 138

Podiums – 291

Poles – 122

Championships – 20

USF2000:

Wins – 7

Podiums – 18

Poles – 7

Indy Pro 2000:

Wins – 9

Podiums – 30

Poles – 12

Championships – 1

 

Exclusive Autosport Wins The 2021 INDY PRO 2000 Team Championship

Exclusive Autosport Wins The 2021 INDY PRO 2000 Team Championship

LEXINGTON, OH (October 3, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport returned to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn purpose-built road course of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season finale this past weekend. The team added its USF2000 race winner Christian Brooks as a third driver to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires line-up, ensuring their success of scoring the 2021 Team Championship while also giving the talented American his first taste of the series before a planned graduation in 2022. Over the finale weekend, Russian Artem Petrov and American Braden Eves added two more podiums to the team’s 2021 statistics with a second and a third-place finish in Race 1. Brooks was impressive all weekend, scoring a pair of top-five finishes, adding welcomed assistance in securing the 2021 Team Championship. The final tally of success for Exclusive Autosport included with five wins and 18 podiums.

 

“I am incredibly proud of the Exclusive Autosport team,” said Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “To win the Indy Pro 2000 Team Championship is truly an honor. The series is so competitive and we have a lot to hold our head high over including Braden finishing second in the driver championship and Artem finishing 4th in the drivers’ championship. Everyone worked incredibly hard this past year. I have the pleasure of working with an amazing, dedicated, and talented group under the EA tent.  We couldn’t have achieved this without each and every member of the Exclusive Autosport team, as well as the drivers and families who believed in us. Thank you to everyone involved in the EA program, as well as our team partner Cambridge Global Payments for their support this year.”

The weekend event got underway on Friday afternoon with the lone practice session of the weekend. Petrov topped the charts to provide the team with the data it needed to pursue a winning weekend. On Saturday morning, the drivers took part in the qualifying session to set the field for Race 1. All three drivers flirted with top-five starting positions, but it was Petrov who stepped to the forefront to grab his first pole of the season. Eves and Brooks lined-up right behind him in third and fifth. Later in the afternoon, the opening race of the doubleheader got started and Petrov immediately jumped to the lead, creating a comfortable gap to second. However, an issue midway through the race slowed his pace and forced him to surrender the lead. Despite the problem, Artem rallied back to take second at the checkered flag. Eves and Brooks fought hard throughout the entire race, coming out of spirited battles to finish where they started in third and fifth, respectively.

Sunday started bright and early with an extremely wet track for Qualifying 2. The three EA drivers topped the charts the entire session, just to get pipped at the very end. Petrov would line up in third, with Brooks in fourth and Eves in fifth. In the final race of the year, Petrov quickly went to the lead but lost grip on the opening lap in turn four, going off course to bring out a full-course caution. Artem was extricated from the gravel trap quickly and restarted without losing a lap, although he was well behind the tail of the field for the restart. Another caution gave him the opportunity to get back in the fight, and he worked forward steadily into third. On the final lap, Artem slipped to fourth, where he would officially finish. Brooks delivered yet another stellar performance to garner a second top-five finish in his Indy Pro 2000 debut weekend. Like Petrov, Eves paced the field early in the race after Artem went off, but as the conditions changed through the race as the rain had stopped, a new shower coming through the facility caught Braden off-guard as the first driver through the now-wet section of the track. Eves went off-track and came back on in second, but another trip to the grass in the treacherous conditions left him with a 10th place result.

Eves had already secured second in the championship prior to taking the green flag, while Petrov’s recovering moved him up a spot in the standings to finish the year in fourth overall. The combined efforts of the drivers delivered Exclusive Autosport with their first Road to Indy Team Championship, the most coveted honors in the paddock.