MINNEAPOLIS — Afterburner Autosport announced three drivers in its quest for Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda supremacy in 2014. Brazilians Victor Franzoni and Gustavo Myasava will make their North American debut and will be joined under the awning by Dutch second-year racer Jeroen Slaghekke.
As part of a multi-car effort, the skilled trio is poised to build on what was a race-winning effort by the Minnesota-based outfit last season.
With the addition of Franzoni, Myasava, and Slaghekke, as well as a soon to be announced fourth racer, the two-time SCCA National Championship winning team is set to build on its two late season USF2000 wins, and challenge for the series title in its third year of series competition.
“As a team we built tremendous momentum in 2013, and we are looking for that to continue throughout out 2014,” stated Team Principal Tim Walsh. “This year we are excited to have partnered with some really talented young drivers such as returning driver Jeroen Slaghekke, and newcomers Victor Franzoni and Gustavo Myasava. Were also working to secure a fourth racer as a teammate to this exciting trio. Our goal is to be the best, and with that come results. It should be an exciting year.”
Franzoni enters the Mazda to Road Indy program with Afterburner Autosport having recently showcased his talents in Europe. The 18-year-old Brazilian competed in both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS series over the past two years, highlighted by a pair of pole positions. Prior to making the move to Europe, Franzoni was a Formula Future Fiat race winner in his homeland.
A native of Brazil, Myasava enters the highly competitive USF2000 Championship having impressed in his brief junior formula car career. Making his debut in late 2012, Myasava contested two Campeonato Formula 3 Sudamericana races prior to taking part in the inaugural India-based MRG Challenge. The 17-year-old, having showcased natural talent, took the next step forward this past season, contesting the entire 18-race Campeonato Formula 3 Sudamericana, earning 10 visits to the post-race podium en route to third in the title fight.
Slaghekke reunites with Afterburner Autosport in 2014, ready to build on his North American debut with the Minnesota-based squad last season in the USF2000 Championship.
Prior to racing on this side of ‘The Pond’, the Wassenaar, Netherlands native displayed his racing talents via a race-winning season in the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, in which he finished fourth in the championship chase, and was a runner-up in the 2011 British Formula Ford Championship, having scored three wins.