PALMETTO, Fla. — JAY has signed up-and-coming French driver Florian Latorre for the 2013 edition of the Copper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda.
As part of an expanded junior formula car program, which includes the squad now being based in Florida, the talented teenager will make his North American racing debut focused on challenging for Rookie of the Year honors.
Since its inception, JAY Motorsports has prided itself on helping talented drivers develop both behind the wheel and outside of the cockpit. With an emphasis on giving its racers all the tools to reach their goals, the team has done just that, as evidence by two alumni (Nick Evans and Patrick Gallagher) capturing the Mazda Club Racer Shootout.
The trend of a JAY Motorsports racer making his mark in the junior formula car ranks looks set to continue in 2013, as former world karting champion and French Formula 4 National Auto Sport Academy Championship Rookie of the Year Latorre makes the move to North America race action with JAY Motorsports.
The 15 year-old, having already impressed his new squad with his skill, attitude, and desire, will contest the entire 13-race USF2000 Championship. Given the experiences gained by the squad – which has relocated to Andersen RacePark in Florida – in its first season of series competition last season, combined with its winning heritage, and the talent Latorre brings to the table, the stage is set for a strong run in the highly-competitive Mazda Road to Indy series.
“I am very excited to be entering the USF2000 Championship with JAY Motorsports,” stated Latorre. “The team has a incredible motivation. We have already run a few days together, and the atmosphere was exceptional and very professional. I’ve loved U.S. motorsports for a long time, and I hope this year will be the beginning of a long career here. I’ve already had the chance to race karts in Las Vegas at the SKUSA SuperNationals, but this year with tracks like Sebring, Laguna Seca, and Indianapolis on the USF2000 schedule, it will be fantastic and very exciting. I’m a rookie, but I hope really soon to be among the best drivers in the category. I am working very hard and I am in hurry to be at Sebring for the first race.”