Clunie Set For Full-Time Campaign in 2018
After getting his feet wet last year, Jayson Clunie will return to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, bound for the full schedule with Exclusive Autosport.
“I am very excited to have Jayson back for his second year of USF2000 competition with Exclusive Autosport,” offered Michael Duncalfe, Exclusive Autosport’s Team Principle. “I have been fortunate to know Jayson for a long time and have had the pleasure of working with him for nine years, as he has been an Exclusive Management Inc. driver since 2009. I am honoured to have a driver like Jayson under the EA banner. In addition to his speed on track, Jayson loves interacting with fans and sharing his passion for motorsports with them. Jayson missed a few events last year due to his professional commitments, however, he will be full-time in the #93 Exclusive Autosport Exclusive Management Inc. USF-17 this year. Every time he is behind the wheel, he gets quicker and quicker. It’ll be really exciting to see what he can do out there this year.”
Clunie ran nine events last season, scoring a season-best ninth at the Honda Indy Toronto. The 48-year-old entered the Mazda Road to Indy after winning the 2012 BMW 200 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge event at Daytona International Speedway. He followed that up with experience in Formula 1600 and the Formula Continental class.
“I’m basically just genuinely excited about having the opportunity to drive with Exclusive Autosport again,” added Clunie. “It has been very rewarding to be involved with Michael and Kimberly Duncalfe for so many years and to watch them develop from some pretty humble beginnings to the team/family that they have created.”
Exclusive Autosport put together an incredible rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, sweeping the Toronto weekend with Parker Thompson en route to a year-end third-place ranking in the standings.
The team confirmed that they will be announcing a second USF2000 driver next week after having already confirmed they will compete in the Pro Mazda Championship with Thompson. There is a possibility as well, for them to run “as many as four cars this year.”
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