PALMETTO, FLA. – JAY Motorsports has announced the addition of Felipe Donato to its Copper Tires USF2000 Winterfest line-up.
The up-and-coming Brazilian will make his North American formula car debut next week (Feb. 5-6) looking to make his mark with the Florida-based squad during the opening three races of the USF2000 Championship ‘off-season’ series at Sebring Int’l Raceway.
With an eye on challenging for top honors right from the waving of the first green flag in 2013, as well as continuing its tradition of developing talented young racers, JAY Motorsport is excited about Donato joining the squad.
While the 18 year-old Brazilian, who will partner fellow USF2000 rookie and North American newcomer Florian Latorre under the team awning, has yet to get behind the wheel of a JAY Motorsports entry, he has already impressed his new squad with his confidence and outlook for the coming six-race Winterfest series. With a winning record in both the karting and car racing ranks in Brazil,
Donato is ready to build on the squad’s successful junior formula car resume – two SCCA Formula Enterprises National Championship titles – during the season-opening races at Sebring.
“I’m very excited to join JAY Motorsports for the Winterfest series, especially at in a legendary track like Sebring,” stated Donato. “It will be very challenging for me, because everybody knows the USF2000 Championship has a very high level of competition. I’ll do my best to learn the track, the car behavior, and trying to achieve some good results. I would like to thank Jay Green for all the support he has being offering so far.”
“We are very excited to announce that Felipe will be piloting a second Championship class car for us at the USF2000 Winterfest,” commented team principal Jay Green. “He has a proven record in both karting and formula car racing, and will be a welcomed addition to the team. I hope this will be the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship between JAY Motorsports and Felipe.”
Donato, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, enters the USF2000-run Winterfest series with JAY Motorsports with a limited, albeit, successful racing background. First getting behind the wheel in 2008 via the Santa Catarina State Karting Championship, he was quick to showcase his talents. One year later he earned the runner-up spot in the series, and finished fifth in the Brazilian National championship.
Donato continued his progression as a driver in 2010, moving up to fourth in the national series, while also capturing a win in the South American Karting Championship, and a scholarship up to the Formula
Futuro Fiat championship. After making his junior formula car debut via a season of Formula Futuro Fiat action, the Brazilian competed in the Veloce Cup last season, scoring a win from the pole at Velopark, setting a new lap record in the process.
Donato and the rest of the JAY Motorsports squad commence the quest for Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest wins on Tuesday (Feb. 5), when practice, qualifying, and race one of the season-opening tripleheader takes place at Sebring Int’l Raceway.