Toppe ready to build on Winterfest victory during St. Petersburg twin bill
Minneapolis, Minn – JDC MotorSports' on-going pursuit of race wins and championship titles resumes this weekend (March 29-30) with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season-opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. Returning up-and-comer Clark Toppe will be behind the wheel when the action gets underway on the Florida street circuit, ready to build on what was a solid rookie campaign and a recent superb victory in the Cooper Tires Winterfest for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series.
When the USF2000 Championship cars roll on-course to start the 2014 season in Florida, one of the teams worth watching will be JDC MotorSports, given its race-winning history, and its focus on developing talented drivers. With second-year driver Toppe leading the charge, the Minnesota-based team is confident that trend will continue right from the get go this season.
The 16 year-old Texas native enters races one and two on the 14-round calendar ready to make the most of the knowledge and experiences gained as a teenage rookie last season. The No. 97 Toppe Motorsports/Red Line Oil/HR-Sportswear pilot has already indicated he is ready to take the next step behind the wheel, showcasing his ever-growing talents during the 'off-season' Winterfest series. Mixing both pace and racecraft during the tripleheaders at NOLA Motorsports Park and Barber Motorsports Park, Toppe was a consistent front-runner. In the end, he exited the six-race championship with a superb inaugural USF2000 win and five additional top-10 finishes. Given Toppe's pre-season run of form, along with the fact JDC MotorSports has previously visited the post-race podium on the streets of St. Petersburg, a good start to 2014 looks to be in the cards.
"Going back to St. Pete really makes me think of how much I have improved over this past year," stated Toppe. "Looking back to last year, I feel much more confident and well connected to the team at this point. I really believe these factors will help us get good results, and I'm ready to get on the track."
The 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda chase for top honors gets underway for JDC MotorSports and Toppe with two practice runs in St. Petersburg on Friday (March 28). Qualifying around the 1.8-mile street circuit takes place one day later, prior to Round One at 4:40 pm local time. Race two of the season-opening twin bill, as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series opener, is slated for 8:50 am local time on Sunday (March 30). Live timing and audio will be available at www.USF2000.com/results/live-timing
JDC MotorSports races with associate sponsorship from RedLineOil.com and HR-Sportswear
Additional information on JDC MotorSports can be obtained from the team’s website @ jdcmotorsport.com For direct contact, please contact John Church @ 952-233-3075
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