Road to Indy

“They Said What?” USF2000 Edition

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Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.

Throughout the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.

“I learned a lot of new things. The only thing, 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 quite good!” – Manuel Cabrera

“It means the world to me. My whole life has been changed over the last week or two from planning what I was going to do next year in Formula 4, to now where I am going to live in the US, and more. It’s a career path for me. I didn’t really expect – I didn’t even consider what would happen afterwards if I did win; I just went into the event focused on winning. Now it’s presented me the perfect opportunity to take me to the next level. I thank both Mazda, Dan Anderson and Cooper Tires for this opportunity for my career.” – Keith Donegan

“I definitely have to learn to trust the car. The car will do what I want it to do. It’s a magnificent piece of machinery. It’s a lot of fun to drive. It really sticks to the ground when you’re at high speed. For the slower stuff, it’s got great mechanical grip. It’s just a real dream to drive.” – Oscar DeLuzuriaga

“I would say DeForce Racing, not just because I’m apart of them, but they are one of the teams with some of the best chemistry in the entire paddock. We also currently have the best driver development program. We take a lot of young drivers and take them in and train them to be better drivers overall. You could see that a lot of teams like Exclusive and Cape Motorsports, they don’t have that ability. They sign good drivers, but their second driver doesn’t have the pace to stay with the top driver. That’s not the case with us because all of our drivers are on the same level. That’s because we work very hard to make sure everybody stays competitive with each other.

As a team, we share all of our information with the other drivers, so we try to make sure everyone has the information they need to be the best they can.” – Kory Enders

“I honestly can’t answer that. If I told you, I’d be lying,” he said. “I know the car is amazing. Cape Motorsports has done an awesome job, and they’ve helped mentor me on the Mazda Road to Ind. I just try to take in as much knowledge as I can to get better.” – Kyle Kirkwood on the team’s secret to success

“It’d mean the world, because I come from Brazil so it’s really hard for us to come to the US here and get the sponsors and race here. It takes a lot of sponsorship money that you have to find so we dedicate all of our time to racing. That’s my life, and that’s been my life for the past 10, 12 years. So that’d be my life achievement. That’s what I’ve worked for through my whole childhood, teenager years, and now here in the US the past two years.” – Lucas Kohl

“I actually think we’re getting better and better every race that I get to do. Like in St. Petersburg, it was my first race in open-wheel and first race in USF2000, so we had a little bit of trouble, but we got the speed in the end. Then at Indy and Lucas Oil, we found the speed, and it feels just better and better all the time that I am in the car.” – Ramus Lindh

“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.” – Calvin Ming

“Road America is a really fast track. All the cars are fast, everything is really fast. You have walls so if you make a mistake, you normally have a big crash. Yesterday, I made a mistake and I crashed. It wasn’t that bad but I did damage the car a little bit. It’s a really fast track, fun track that I like a lot. The challenge is just to enter the corner so precisely because of the long straight. If you have a little mistake, it costs you a lot.” – Jose Sierra

“I always liked cars, and played with carts. I used to play with cars rather than dolls, and I always asked my father to drive his car. He noticed that I liked it and one day we went to watch a kart race in a nearby town mine, and a few days later he said he was going to give me a go-kart. From then on, I started to compete and did not intend to stop.” – Bruna Tomaselli

“It’s in my plans for next year. I need to do some things to make it happen, but yes it is.” – Raul Guzman

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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