LAKEVILLE, Minn. – The Honda Indy Toronto is quickly approaching for teams in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with the JDC MotorSports operation primed and ready.
The event is set for this coming weekend (July 18-20) as the eighth and ninth rounds of the 2014 season will take the USF2000 racers, including JDC’s pilots Clark Toppe and newcomer Garth Rickards, north of the border to the streets of Toronto, Ont.
Toppe is riding high coming into Toronto after a successful debut in the Pro Mazda series in Houston. Toppe and JDC have been hitting their marks so far in 2014, riding the young pilot’s continuing development as Toppe sits comfortably inside the top-10 of the USF2000 driver points.
With an impressive top-five finish on the banked Lucas Oil Raceway in the Night Before The 500 event and a strong sixth in the second Pro Mazda race in Houston, the Texan enters this event with renewed momentum and confidence. Rickards is the current point leader in the F1600 Championship Series and is excited to make his USF2000 debut with JDC.
Upon crossing the border into Canada, Toppe and Rickards will be greeted by a 1.7-mile long 11-turn street circuit that carves its way through the lakeshore streets of Toronto, the country’s largest city. The 2013 version of the Toronto Indy is one on which Toppe and JDC will be aiming to greatly improve.
As a rookie in the series, Clark got quicker in every session, but was caught in on-track incidents in both races, carding finishing positions outside the top 20. With 2013 well behind him, Toppe is a safe bet to do well on the street course in Ontario. The event marks the second temporary circuit race of the season, as the first was the opener in St. Petersburg in March where Toppe posted a fifth place finish in the Sunday event of the doubleheader.
“Last year, we had a rough time in Toronto,” Toppe admitted, recalling his first trip to the event as a USF2000 freshman. “I never quite found the speed there despite improving in every session. And to make matters worse, I was involved in an incident in each race. Hopefully, that bad luck was left at last year’s race and we can continue to improve as we have been all season long. I’m looking forward to the weekend because of my success this year on street courses, and I’m focused on continue our forward momentum so we get good points for the championship.”