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USF2000 Update

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm Signing, U.S. F2000 National Championship

Luke Ellery
(Photo: Eric McCombs)

Over the last week, there has been a few USF2000 signings. In case you haven’t heard, here’s an update on the latest…

Australian Luke Ellery and Colombian Juan Piedrahita have signed with JDC MotorSports for the upcoming 2011 USF2000 National Championship.

Ellery, 21, made his debut last season during the final stop of the 2010 calendar (take a ride with him at Road Atlanta), where he made a splash finishing third in the season-finale. It will be good to see him back in the car this season with a full-time ride lined up. Ellery has a strong background in Formula Ford competition.

Piedrahita will be a driver to watch in 2011. The 18-year-old, who currently resides in Mexico, made his North American debut with Team Apex in last year’s Star Mazda Championship. He scored a top-five finish at Laguna Seca, just his third race in the Series.  This season, he’ll take a slight step back on the ladder, competing in the USF2000 National Championship. In the long run, it should prove to be a good move. Watch for Piedrahita to surprise a few people this season.

Primus Racing, managed by Jon Baytos, has inked Australian Nathan Morcom for 2011. Morcom, 18, picked up a lot of seat time last year competing in the Australian Formula Ford Championship full-time, while also making a few stops in the Toyota Racing Series and Australian F3. He finished 10th in the AFFC, driving for Synergy Motorsports. He should be fun to watch this season as he adapts to the USF2000 car.

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