2011 Team USA Scholarship Nominee
Wyatt Gooden, 22, — Gates Mills, Ohio
Current Season: Gooden has only driven two races this season (so far), but he made the most of both sweeping the F1600 Championship Series competition at Mid-Ohio. Not only did he qualify on pole and win in his F1600 debut, the win also marked his first-ever open-wheel race. He plans to run the remainder of the championship, resuming action Sept. 16-17 at Lime Rock Park.
- Skip Barber Racing School
- Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout
- VW Jetta TDI Cup
Why he would be a good selection for the Team USA Scholarship: Gooden is just plain good. He showcased his abilities early on in go karts, but never really thought he’d have a chance to move into the car ranks. Enter simulation-racing. He took his craft to iRacing and won a fully-funded ride in the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup by virtue of winning the online sim-race championship. Once the opportunity to race cars presented itself, Gooden proved he belonged on the track — the real track. After earning four podium finishes and winning two races, he was named TDI Cup Rookie of the Year. This season, he topped the time charts during his very first F1600 practice at Mid-Ohio prior to Round 5 of the championship, besting 28 drivers. He is an extremely consistent driver, he hits his marks and adapts quickly to various cars. If Gooden is chosen, this will be an excellent experience for him and I’m confident he will put in an equally excellent performance.
Related Reading: Team USA Scholarship: 2011 Nominees