DALLAS — Jamaican native Jason Bedasse has joined M1 Racing for select events in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
“I want to be the first Jamaican ever to do well in open-wheel racing, and my ultimate goal is Indy if I can make it,” said Bedasse, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1975. There has never been a Jamaican in the Indianapolis 500, but he hopes to change that statistic.
With M1 Racing’s help, Bedasse is creating a whole Jamaican theme for his racing season. His car is No. 62 in honor of 1962, the year that Jamaica gained full independence from the United Kingdom. It’s green, yellow and black, the colors of Jamaica’s flag.
Bedasse’s list of supporters include Bedasse Racing, Pantone Capital Holdings (PCH), Foxcode, Firebird Asset Management, 5i Research, World of Eyes, Zeifmans, TorontoSkins.com and DM4.
“Jason wants to learn as much as he can this year, and I’m confident that we can help him improve his race craft,” said M1 Racing team owner Paul Mata. “It will be a steep learning curve for him, but he’s certainly passionate about the sport and that’s one of the key ingredients to success.”
The Pro Mazda season-opening doubleheader, which is part of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 29-30 in St. Petersburg, Fla., will be Bedasse’s first Pro Mazda event, his first street course races and his first races in the United States.
“I’m going to learn as much as I can this year,” Bedasse said. “All the tracks will be new to me, but I’m still pretty psyched about it. I’m not scared of it; I welcome the challenge.”