Rickards makes his USF2000 debut, Toppe earns top-five and Tilton Hard Charger Award
TORONTO, ONT., CANADA – The JDC MotorSports team contested the Honda Indy Toronto this past weekend in the Canadian city of Toronto (July 18-20). As the second street course of the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered By Mazda, the two races provided plenty of challenges, including inclement weather, slick conditions and, eventually, a packed Sunday schedule. After practice and qualifying on Friday, racing was rained out on Saturday as the track was deemed unsafe for competition. This forced JDC MotorSports drivers Clark Toppe and Garth Rickards – as well as the rest of the USF2000 field – to run both of the weekend’s two races on Sunday. In his USF2000 debut, Rickards drove to a pair of 16th-place finishes, while Toppe ran 11th in the first race before slicing his way up to fifth place in the second main event.
Texan Clark Toppe returns to USF2000, joined by F1600 standout Garth Rickards
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. This 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, Ontario. 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.
Booth scores top-five result while USF2000 driver Toppe excels in debut
After surviving through a rain-dampened Saturday at the Grand Prix of Houston, the trio of Pro Mazda Championship drivers running under the JDC MotorSports tent showed their mettle on Sunday when they stormed out of the box to post three results in the top-12. Freshman Pro Mazda driver Ryan Booth had his best finish of the year, challenging Shelby Blackstock for third all race long en route to a fourth-place finish, while the team’s regular USF2000 driver Clark Toppe impressed the paddock in his series debut with an incredible sixth. Michael Johnson continues to show great steps in development and improved pace, as he finished 12th in the final tally to send the JDC team back to its Minnesota shop on a very high note.
Toppe reflects on 6th-place finish at Grand Prix of Houston
The Woodlands’ Clark Toppe, a 16-year-old rookie in the Pro Mazda Championship Series, placed sixth in his second race of the weekend at the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday at Reliant Park.
Toppe, who started in the 12th position, completed the 30-lap race in 35 minutes, 20.2540 seconds. It was a vast improvement over his series debut on Saturday, a race in which he took 16th due to an issue with his car’s alternator. Toppe, who races for JDC MotorSports, had a best lap of 1 minute, 9.2575 seconds on Sunday.