Spending time at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the interview stage of the Team USA Scholarship, with multiple participants and scholarship principal, Jeremy Shaw, was an exciting and educational experience. Many great connections were made, alongside the experience of listening to INDYCAR teams’ communication during practice. Shortly after the interview stage, I received word that I was selected as one of six finalists to continue to the Team USA Scholarship Shootout at Road America with Lucas Oil School of Racing presented by Cooper Tires on September 4th – 5th. Given this is my first year in road racing, this made me ecstatic as the Team USA Scholarship is a huge opportunity offered to a select number of drivers. Traveling to Road America was a struggle for many due to delayed flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Fortunately, all contestants and judges were able to arrive on time before the events began. Rooming with Prescott Campbell, both got to sleep as early as possible that night to prepare for the upcoming early morning and big two days ahead. The time was
After starting my road-racing career in November of 2018, my current progression in this industry from knowing very little to leading points in the 2019 Lucas Oil Formula Car Series is surreal to me. After learning so many things in the past few months in and out of the car, I now have the opportunity to show it. I was recently contacted by Jeremy Shaw from the Team USA Scholarship about being a contender in this year’s scholarship program. Many notable drivers like Bryan Herta, Josef Newgarden, Spencer Pigot, Kyle Kirkwood, Oliver Askew, and many more have come from this program and followed up with a successful racing career. The 2019 Team USA Scholarship allows aspiring drivers the chance to accelerate their racing careers and go overseas to compete in the notable Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy with Cliff Dempsey Racing. Only two out of the nine selected contenders will be granted this opportunity, so even just being a candidate holds much honor. Before the two drivers are selected to go overseas and compete, the judges must have some information to stand on.