SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – Mexican driver Manuel Cabrera has rejoined Exclusive Autosport for his second season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
The 18-year-old spent the first half the 2018 season running with Exclusive Autosport’s USF2000 program, where he was named the Star of the Race at the Royal Purple Grand Prix of Indianapolis by the Road to Indy Insider. During that weekend, Cabrera charged his way from the 22nd position to finish ninth.
“It is a real pleasure to welcome Manuel back to the Exclusive Autosport USF2000 program,” said Michael Duncalfe, team principal. “He showed his speed, racecraft and a lot of promise in the first half of the season last year. He has been training really hard in the off-season and I am looking forward to positive results from Manuel in 2019.”
Cabrera began his racing career in the assorted Mexican karting series in 2010 at the age of 10, running up front and winning numerous races and championships along the way. Cabrera made the move to car racing by attending the Skip Barber Racing School in 2016, and then participated in their Championship Series.
Cabrera graduated to the Formula PanAm series in 2017 and earned the championship title, winning a ticket to attend the Mazda Road to Indy $200,000 Scholarship Shootout in the process. In the Formula PanAm program, he scored four wins in the six series races and was on the podium in the other two. He also raced in the Formula Masters Asia series, scoring six top-five finishes, and was awarded the Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2018, Cabrera raced seven races with Exclusive Autosport, racking his highest finish of eighth at Road America. He has since taken time off to concentrate on his fitness in an effort to prepare for his attack on the 2019 season.
“I feel extremely happy to be back with the Exclusive Autosport team and I’m really anxious to be back behind the wheel and start the season,” said Cabrera. “Last year was quite tough for me, but I’m really convinced that this year is going to be different. We are preparing ourselves differently and I hope this will show during our on-track performance. I’m really positive that this year is going to be different and great for the whole team. I feel so happy to be part of the team once again and to be able to work again with all the crew members.”