Junior Open Wheel Talent

News and Views on Drivers Chasing Open-Wheel Stardom


by Ryan Stringfield
Posted November 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm linkage

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Linkage post and there has been several newsworthy items this fall. Here’s a look at some of the latest.

Team USA Scholarship drivers Trent Hindman and Neil Alberico wrapped up the 2012 edition of the European adventure with heat wins, fourth-place finishes in their semi-final races, an unlucky DNF (Alberico) and a sixth-place result (Hindman) in the Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Final at Silverstone. Get the race-report details here.

Or, better yet, read the Team USA driver blogs. You can read Neil Alberico’s here and Trent Hindman’s here.

The USF2000 National Championship plans to open up the National Class in 2012 to allow SCCA Formula Enterprise cars. In the official release, Dan Andersen says, “We will be working on revisions to our current rules and technical regulations to ensure parity.” It will be interesting to see how closely matched the cars are in 2012. Either way, the move is sure to boost car counts.

Tony Johns over at PopOffValve.com penned an interesting piece about bloggers, journalists, and the relentless race for the scoop. Plus, he mentions hockey so it’s definitely worth a read …as is all his work over there.

In the karting world, Nyck de Vries won his second-consecutive World Championship in KF1 at Suzuka. The talented Dutchman will likely be heading to Formula Renault next season and has already been selected as part of the McLaren Young Drivers Program. Aside from winning the championship, de Vries topped everyone in the fourth and final race of the weekend to seal the crown in style.

It’s that time of the year again. Time for the SKUSA SuperNats. This year’s edition (XV) will see record-breaking entries. I regret to inform you that I won’t be making the trek this year (see last year’s coverage here), but I will have a photographer on hand so expect some great photos. In the meantime, there is plenty of good reading out there. Jump over to eKartingNews.com to read David Cole’s previews in class-by-class format: S5, TaG Jr., TaG Cadet; S2; TaG Sr.;  KF2; KZ2; and S1.

Aside from all the cash rewards up for grabs this weekend, drivers will also have the opportunity to win a test in the World Speed Motorsports’ FormulaSPEED 2.0 racecar and three-day racing schools from Skip Barber Racing.

Skip Barber Racing began its Winter Series last weekend with some impressive numbers (and competition). Talented karter Nick Neri won Race 1 while up-and-comer Jack Mitchell Jr. showcased his talent by topping the competition in Race 2.

The Formula Car Challenge Winter Series opened its schedule last weekend with Zach Veach winning the Pro FM class and Mike Anderson notching the Formula Mazda sweep at Infineon Raceway. If you’re not familiar with the Formula Car Challenge take a peak at this video.

Bryan Clauson has earned another IndyCar scholarship for winning the USAC National Drivers Championship. While Clauson is eager to make the Indy 500 next year, I’d like to see him do a full-season in Indy Lights or an oval-only Lights season while running road course events in Star Mazda.

Speaking of Indy Lights and IndyCar rides, Josef Newgarden recently sat down with IndyCar.com for a Champion Chat. For more reading on Newgarden, check out David Malsher’s latest feature on Racer.com

Robert Wickens is proving quick in his early Formula One tests. Not that anyone sane has ever had doubts.


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