Mazda Road to Indy
Manuel Cabrera Pleased with Rookie Progress
Continuing to take in lessons every week behind the wheel, Cooper Tire USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda rookie Manuel Cabrera feels he has had a productive season to date.
“I learn a lot of new things,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “The only thing were I was struggling a lot was on the qualifying, so that makes me always fight from the back of the pack but every race I finished in the top 10 which I think it was quit good!”
After starting the year with two finishes outside of the top-20, the Mexican was score three top-10’s in his four most recent starts, including a season-best eighth at Road America.
With a focus on breaking into the top-five next, the Exclusive Autosport driver says the key will be qualifying better “so that way it’s easier to be on the podium,” as his best start this year was 15th at Lucas Oil Raceway. That said, his ability to pass and “capacity to overtake” became the biggest surprise for 2018.
For the 17-year-old, he got his start racing six years ago in go-karts, picking up some championships which allowed to move up to the racing ladder to the Mazda Road to Indy. Through it all, he says the most memorable has been this season racing in USF2000, with the highlight being overtaking 22 cars throughout the Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway en route to finishing ninth.
Now inspiring others to chase after their dreams, he says the key to keep fighting as “it’s possible if you really want it!”
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