ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – official team release — USF2000 photo —
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing has announced that Parker Thompson has joined the team to compete in the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda.
The young driver from Red Deer, Alberta, had a successful rookie USF2000 season in 2015. Thompson posted seven top-five finishes on his way to finishing fifth overall in the championship. The 17-year-old will drive the No. 2 next season.
“I am extremely pleased to be named a Cape Motorsports driver for the 2016 season in USF2000,” said Thompson. “In the past, they have been a dominant force in the Mazda Road to Indy program, and I am looking to carry that reputation into the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. The Cape boys know what they are doing, but what sets them apart is their will to win. Their work ethic off the track is what has granted them so much success on track, and I will be using that philosophy in my 2016 championship campaign. I am extremely excited and very eager for the new season with the Cape brothers and their championship operation.”
Cape Motorsports has produced the last five consecutive series champions (2011-2015). In 2011, Finnish pilot Petri Suvanto scored the USF2000 title for the team in the second official year of the new MRTI ladder. Matthew Brabham edged Spencer Pigot for the championship in 2012, then the Capes backed up these successes with title runs for Scott Hargrove and Florian Latorre in 2013 and 2014. This past season, Nico Jamin keep the streak alive for France, as he dominated the year to secure the title at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September.
“Parker is a great addition to the team,” offered team owners Dominic and Nicholas Cape. “He had a great rookie season, and we know he can win races in 2016. We are excited to have him on the team.”
CREDIT: Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing