Mazda Road to Indy
ASHLEY ASKS…… Calvin Ming
Following three top-seven finishes including a third at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course, Calvin Ming is ready to make a strong push for the end of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season to help bring home the team title for Pabst Racing.
Though first, he talked about his recent and success and more with POPULAR OPEN WHEEL.
POPULAR OPEN WHEEL: What are your thoughts looking back on Mid-Ohio this past weekend?
CALVIN MING: I think it was a pretty solid weekend. We got our first podium of the season and managed to score some good points.
POW: How would you grade your entire season so far?
MING: I think it’s hard its up and downs. I struggled at the beginning of the season due to problems with the engine and the team, but I think we have it sorted and I think I’ve been making a comeback to stay in the points to the end of the season.
POW: What’s the biggest thing that you took away from last year’s rookie campaign that’s made a difference in 2018?
MING: I think, from last year, it would be all the track mileage, everything that I learnt. Mainly last year my biggest issue was using brakes, with the brake bias and everything. I think this year has been a lot of stronger on the brakes compared to last.
POW: That said, where do you feel you and your team can now get stronger moving forward?
MING: As I said, I think it’s still more with brakes. I’ve improved a lot with the brakes, but I still need to master hitting the peak pressure and carrying the speed into the corner, and generally the attitude towards the race weekend, trying to get up to pace quicker and just trying to qualify better.
POW: What are your thoughts now looking forward to Portland?
MING: My thoughts looking forward to Portland as I said right now, between second to sixth, we’re all pretty close in the points so I’m just focusing on gaining points and bringing home the team championship for Pabst Racing. Right now, while we’re all focusing to get points, we need to focus on the overall. So looking to Portland, I think there’s a lot of training that needs to be done to make sure that we’re ready to go since it’s a high-speed track.
POW: Speaking of the team, what’s it like to you to have a spread of young teammates to lean on for advice?
MING: Well I’m the oldest, but not by much, but I think having three other great teammates is always good to have because when we go testing and go to the tracks, we can all try different things and because we’re all quick, I think that’s what plays into why we have a good car every weekend. So it definitely helps for set-up and learning from each other over the weekend.
POW: How did you get your start in racing?
MING: Well I started racing – while driving go-karts when I was six. I really got into racing cause of my father. He used to race at a local track back home, but he used to race superbikes at first, but also cars and go-karts. So I grew up watching him and when I was six, he put me in a kart and I fell in love with it.
POW: Being on the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy, what would it mean to you to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series one day?
MING: I think that would mean the world for me. It would just prove that people from South America could eventually rise to the top. Also, I think it would prove all the hard work pays off. But I definitely would like to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series. I’ve always looked up and it seems like a very competitive series. Hopefully one day I will be able to get there.
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