Mazda Road to Indy
RJB Motorsports and Swan Motorsports Partner for USF2000
The competition is going to get even stronger in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda as a pair of teams will partner for 2018, RJB Motorsports and Swan Motorsports, with an intention to entire as many as three cars.
Swan-RJB Motorsports took part in the recent Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motorsports with past Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires champion Aaron Telitz behind the wheel.
The team knows what the series entails, as Ryan Barth spent the last two years in the series under the RJB Motorsports, with Chandler Horton behind the wheel last season. Horton ran eight races with a best finish of 13th on two occasions.
“I’m excited to be working with Swan Motorsports moving forward,” Barth offered. “Our efforts have always been directed into running a championship-winning team and environment, along with a support program that focuses on helping drivers with the financial strain of pursuing a career in motorsports through our team sponsorship programs. Swan Motorsports has 30 years of experience in the racing industry and the mentality and ethics inside the Swan Motorsports shop is immediately recognized. In identifying each of our business’ core strength, we were able to build and now provide an unmatched professional motorsports program which includes video marketing, financial support, and professionalism. For me, it’s a collaboration like this that has me excited to have this opportunity to be involved in motorsports.”
While Barth will oversee Logistics, Driver Development, and Media Relations for the new effort, Mirl Swan will be in charge of the preparation and engineering of the operation’s Tatuus USF-17 racecars.
“I’m very happy to come to an agreement with RJB Motorsports to combine efforts with Swan Motorsports to run a multi-car effort in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda,” enthused Swan, who has 29 years of racing experience running in USF2000, Formula Atlantic and Indy Lights. “It’s a great series and a great program to be a part of. I’m also happy to announce we’ll be working with a long-time friend, Alex Barron. Alex has a tremendous back ground in IndyCar. He’s an IndyCar race winner, and has raced for some of the top teams in the sport. His driver coaching and engineering skills will add a very important element and advantage to our team.”
The team will also partner with Metalloid Corporation, which will help cover some of the funding costs in assembling the best crew, and offering drivers the best package possible at a good value.
“Additionally, we have Metalloid Corporation partnering with our new team,” Swan continued. “Metalloid Corporation has allowed us to build a fantastic infrastructure to the team and start testing right away. Metalloid Corporation has made it possible to put together the most competitive USF2000 budget for 2018. Metalloid is fantastic with what they offer young drivers. We’re testing drivers very soon and looking to test more in December. It’s really going to be a great program! I’m very excited about the team overall, and we’re looking forward to the car and driver testing ahead.”
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