Ryan Tveter has signed with Team GDT for the 2012 Star Mazda Championship.
Tveter is a pretty impressive kid (no, not just because he’s a goalie, click the link for details). He has a standout resume off the track and has shown well in his limited pro-racing endeavors, as well as in private Star Mazda testing. His most recent test took place at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Texas.
Last season, Tveter began testing extensively with Jensen MotorSport (as part of a driver development deal) before making his debut in the Formula Tour 1600 Championship during the Montreal Grand Prix. He finished 10th out of 44 drivers. In August, he finished 11th in the Formula Tour 1600 stop at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
Last fall, Tveter joined the Mazda Road to Indy making his debut in the USF2000 National Championship at Baltimore, finishing with two top-10 finishes (10th and 8th) in the National Class. Ride with him during Race 2, here.
Based on his experience level, it would have been nice to see him join the USF2000 National Championship full-time in 2012 rather than jumping to Star Mazda. The good news is that he plans to make Star Mazda a two-year stop. Plus, he will have guidance from engineer Remi Lanteigne, which should dramatically increase his transition time. Watch for continuous improvement throughout the season.
Tveter will pilot the No. 33 Team GDT race car in seven Star Mazda races; missing three due to school commitments. If his racing career doesn’t work out, he should have plenty to fall back on.