ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – official team release — Chris Jones/Indy Lights photo —
Nico Jamin, who won the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in dominant fashion, will contest the Pro Mazda Championship with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
Jamin, a 20-year-old from Rouen, France, won the Mazda Road to Indy driver development scholarship with his USF2000 championship, and moves up to the Pro Mazda ranks with the team that propelled him to 10 wins last season.
“We’re extremely happy to have Nico compete on behalf of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2016 season,” said Dominic Cape, team owner. “Nico demonstrated to everyone how competitive he was in capturing 13 pole positions, winning 10 races and ultimately claiming the 2015 championship along with the coveted Mazda scholarship. Nico has impressed us already during the initial tests he has done with the team and we’re really looking forward to seeing him race in 2016.”
Jamin dominated the final half of the 2015 season, grabbing pole, fastest lap and victory in the final six races. After beginning his career in karts, Jamin progressed through several junior formula in Europe before coming to the United States in 2014. He finished ninth in the championship in his first season of USF2000.
“I am very happy and proud to stay in the Cape family for my 2016 season and have the opportunity to race in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires,” said Jamin. “This team is seriously amazing, we did a great job together in 2015 for our USF2000 campaign, and that teamwork allowed me to get the championship win and the big scholarship from Mazda Motorsports. I’m very honored to be a Mazda scholarship driver, and this is a lifetime opportunity for me. We’ll be 100-percent dedicated this year to bring the Soul Red Pro Mazda car in victory lane, as my only goal is to win this championship and race Indy Lights in 2017!”
Jamin, who is sponsored by SYNOVA Automotive Eco Plastics Recycling and Hexagon USA, has already completed several successful Pro Mazda test sessions with the team. He also raced on ice for the first time last month, with backing from Mazda France in the Trophee Andros Cup.
The 2016 season for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires is a 16-race championship which debuts at St. Petersburg, Fla., March 11-13. It is the middle of three series that comprise the Mazda Road to Indy, a program that helps drivers and teams progress from grassroots racing all the way to the Verizon IndyCar Series.