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The start of Semi Final 2 with Eidson and Bickers leading the field to Paddock Hill Bend (photo by Jack Mitchell/JAM Photography)

The start of Semi Final 2 with Eidson and Bickers leading the field to Paddock Hill Bend (photo by Jack Mitchell/JAM Photography)

The Team USA and Team Canada Scholarship drivers again had a successful trip to Europe. Scott Hargrove (Canada) finished fourth in the Formula Ford Festival Grand Final with Team USA’s Jake Eidson finishing a close fifth, after staring 11th at Brands Hatch. Niall Murray won the race.

Team Canada’s Zacharie Robichon qualified third but suffered a broken push rod end on the exit of Graham Hill Bend, sending him into the barriers in the semi-final, ending his weekend.

Team USA drivers also raced in the Walter Hayes Trophy competing against over 110 entrants at Silverstone with Eidson finishing seventh after fighting for a podium finish with two laps remaining. Joey Bickers was classified 26th after impressive drivers to make the final including a run from 22nd to 4th in the 10-lap Progression Race.

Make sure to watch Team USA and Team Canada in the Formula Ford Festival Grand Final here.

All four drivers proved competitive among the world’s best and developed critical skills during the trip overseas, despite a steep learning curve which involved new cars, new tires, standing starts, difficult weather conditions, new tracks, and a culture change.

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Formula Ford Team Canada logos

Scott Hargrove and Zacharie Robichon were named recipients of the 2013 Team Canada Scholarship. Both drivers will represent Canada in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch this fall, driving for Cliff Dempsey Racing.

“It is never easy to make a final decision as we had such a great lineup of drivers to choose from,” said Team Canada founder Brian Graham in a release. “In the end we have what we believe is an outstanding lineup to bring to the FF Festival.  As our first trip with two drivers we are very excited to get going. Scott and Zacharie have worked before together and the chemistry between them was superb.  Zacharie is improving with every outing and we are looking forward to the opportunity he now has to showcase his abilities to a much wider audience.”

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Formula Ford Team Canada logos

Four drivers were recently named finalists for one of two seats provided by the Team Canada Scholarship.

The two drivers who will be selected to represent Canada at this year’s Formula Ford Festival will come from two different levels of junior open-wheel  racing.  The first group was chosen from the USF2000 series and the second group of finalists will be chosen from the F1600 level, specifically,  the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Formula Tour 1600 Series.

The first four finalists from the USF2000 series are: Garett Grist, Scott Hargrove, Jesse Lazare, and Stefan Rzadzinski. All four drivers have made the podium at one point during the opening five rounds of the ultra-competitive USF2000 National Championship.

“We are very proud to announce the first four finalists and we know that any one of them has the ability to win this fall at Brands Hatch at the Formula Ford Festival,” Team Canada founder Brian Graham said. “This is certainly the deepest pool of talent at this level we have seen in many years. We will be watching them all closely at the upcoming Toronto event and will sit down with each of them over the course of the weekend to get to know them a little better.”

The F1600 finalists will be announced in the coming weeks. The USF2000 drivers will compete this weekend, July 12-14, in Toronto as part of the Grand Prix of Toronto. A 30-car entry list was announced this afternoon.

To learn more about the Team Canada Scholarship visit the official website at www.teamcanadaracing.org and visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TeamCanadaScholarship.

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Team USA Scholarship driver Tristan Nunez celebrates his wet-weather win during the 2012 Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone. (photo: Jeff Bloxham)

After three laps were completed in Sunday’s Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Final at Silverstone, Team USA’s Tristan Nunez had gained four positions and was closing in on the top-two drivers — both three-time winners of the ultra-competitive Formula Ford race — Peter Dempsey and Joey Foster. The track was wet. Very wet.

For the first time, perhaps, Nunez could envision himself taking the checkered flag ahead of all 120-drivers aspiring to do so. With two laps remaining, Dempsey and Foster tangled at Beckett’s corner handing the lead to Nunez.

Now the dream was becoming a reality. Still, the 17-year-old had to hold off Formula Ford Festival winner Ivor McCullough and Superleague Formula champ John Martin. McCullough briefly led before Nunez reclaimed the point with Martin slipping into second place.

From there, it was all Nunez as the Team USA driver efficiently drove to a 0.278-second advantage on the 1.639-mile Silverstone National Circuit. Piloting a Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GR08, Nunez became the third Team USA driver to win the WHT — Conor Daly won in 2008 and Connor De Phillippi won in 2009. It was the sixth victory for Cliff Dempsey Racing.

Fellow Team USA Scholarship driver Jack Mitchell Jr. drove a solid race advancing from 15th to 10th in the 12-lap final. Team Canada’s Garett Grist also logged an impressive drive finishing eighth.

Nunez set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 7, touring the drenched track in 1:09.877. Robert Hall was fourth with Falco Wauer completing the top five. Click here for FULL RESULTS (pdf).

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Team Canada – Garrett Grist
(photo: BGR/Team Grote)

Team Canada Scholarship winner Garrett Grist completed a test last week aboard a Brian Graham Racing/Team Grote F1600 car with Avon Tires at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The Avon tires will be used at Brands Hatch during the Formula Ford Festival on Oct. 27-28.

Grist will fly to Europe on Monday to meet with Cliff Dempsey Racing (the team he will drive for in the Festival). On Tuesday, final seat fittings will be completed with open practice beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

“I am very excited to be heading over to England to run with Cliff Dempsey Racing,” Grist stated in a release. “The Formula Ford Festival is one of those events you want to race at some point in your career. And to be doing it as part of the Team Canada Scholarship is a real honour. We had a great test with BGR and that gave an opportunity to try out the Avon tire. I really like it a lot. I can’t wait to get in the car.”

Qualifying for the Festival will begin on Friday with heat races to follow. The event will conclude Saturday with semi-finals and the Final.

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Team Canada’s 2012 Nominees announced

Posted August 24, 2012 at 10:35 am Team Canada Scholarship Comments

The 2012 Team Canada Scholarship nominees were announced earlier today. Here’s a list of the talented candidates:

  • Michael Adams, 18, Toyo Tires F1600 Championship
  • Guillaume Archambault, 17, Formula Tour 1600
  • Nathan Blok, 18, Formula Tour 1600
  • Marc Antoine Cardin, 16, Formula Tour 1600
  • Garett Grist, 17, F1600 Championship Series
  • Matthew Di Leo, 18, Cooper Tires USF2000
  • JP Jodoin, 17, Formula Tour 1600
  • Scott Hargrove, 17, Cooper Tires USF2000
  • Dalton Kellett, 18, Cooper Tires USF2000
  • Thomas McGregor, 20, Cooper Tires USF2000

One driver will be selected to represent Team Canada in the 2012 edition of the Formula Ford Festival. Team Canada will once again partner with Formula Ford leader and former winner Cliff Dempsey Racing , and run under the same tent as the Team USA cars.

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Team USA's Neil Alberico leads Kenneth Thirlwall at Brands Hatch during the 40th running of the Formula Ford Festival with Team Canada's Xavier Coupal close behind in the No. 23 car. (Photo: Jeff Bloxham)

F2000 Championship Series

  • Kyle Connery swept the competition at Watkins Glen; bumping his win total to six while claiming Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Remy Audette picked up two more podiums securing the 2011 championship, continuing his consistency. The talented Canadian finished all but one race inside the top five this season.
  • Chris Livengood wrapped up a solid season with a fourth and seventh-place finish en route to third overall in the points championship.

F1600 Championship Series

  • Wyatt Gooden is still looking for competition. The up-and-comer remained undefeated in F1600 competition; going 4-for-4 this season behind the wheel.
  • Bill Valet won the 2011 championship with a pair of third-place finishes during the season finale.
  • Ryan Leach put together a solid outing with two podiums.
  • Several other up-and-coming drivers joined the fray this weekend and showed promise.

Indy Lights

  • Following up on the F2000 recap, the 2010 F2000 Champion Victor Carbone found his way to victory lane in the Indy Lights season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Series champion Josef Newgarden led laps 4-66, but fell to ninth on the final lap when his tire went down following contact with teammate Carbone’s wing.
  • Stefan Wilson set the fastest lap of the race, clocking a 28.32227 while hitting 196.252 miles per hour down the straight.
  • Jorge Goncalvez put together another solid race by finishing third behind Carbone and Esteban Guerrieri — his fourth top-five finish on an oval this season.

Team USA and Canada at the Formula Ford Festival

  • Neil Alberico led the way for the North American contingent competing at the 40th Annual Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch by finishing third in the 20-lap “Kent” final.
  • USA’s Trent Hindman and Alberico both won heat races over the weekend and Team Canada’s Xavier Coupal was equally quick finishing runner-up in his heat. In addition, Coupal earned the pole position for the final with his semi-final speed.
  • Spencer Pigot struggled with tire issues and contact throughout the weekend, but held his head high and worked through adversity for a 16th-place finish in the “Duratec” final.
  • Despite contact Hindman put in several impressive “through the field” drives en route to a ninth in the final (he started 22nd).
  • Ivor McCullough won the Kent final and Scott Malvern won the Duratec Final at Brands Hatch.

Xavier Coupal, 20, was chosen over the weekend as the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Team Canada Scholarship. The talented up-and-coming junior formula driver will represent Canada in the 40th running of the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in England on Oct. 14-16.

Coupal is currently showcasing his abilities in a Formula Ford machine in the Formula Tour 1600 Championship. The other two candidates, Michael Adams and Nathan Block, will receive a F2000 and Star Mazda test for their nomination.

For more information, please visit http://www.teamcanadaracing.org.


Team Canada Formula Ford Logo

Eleven drivers were named candidates for the inaugural Team Canada Scholarship; a program that will award one driver a funded opportunity to travel to Europe and compete in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch this fall.

The original list was whittled down to just three drivers today.

  • Michael Adams, 16, OFFC
  • Nathan Blok, 17, Formula Tour 1600
  • Xavier Coupal, 20, Formula Tour 1600

In addition to narrowing the candidates, a panel of judges were also named this afternoon. The six-person panel will include Ron Fellows, Norris McDonald, Kyle Marcelli, Alan Craighead, Ian Willis and Brian Graham.

It’s always difficult to narrow down such a talented list and I’m sure this particular reduction was no exception. No doubt, some very talented drivers didn’t make the cut.

The finalists will be interviewed by the panel of judges at Mosport International Raceway on Monday, Aug. 29. Coupal has the age advantage which could potentially help him in the interview process. Blok is currently competing in his third season of Formula Ford competition …so he has the on-track experience… plus he’s a black belt in Karate so the judges should be worried if he’s not picked. Adams has shown a ton of potential and is probably the obvious pick given his family’s racing history and lack of overall funds to move up the ladder, but his age (16) could deter the judges. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Who’s your pick?  Who do you feel would be the best candidate to represent Canada at the Formula Ford Festival?

Read the official release here. For more on the Team Canada scholarship visit www.teamcanadaracing.org and/or visit the Facebook page.


Team Canada Scholarship Nominees

Posted August 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm Team Canada Scholarship Comments

Gerry Merz, Dave Matkovich and Brian Graham have all been working extremely hard to put together a scholarship program for upcoming Canadian drivers. Their program — which is similar to the Team USA Scholarship — took another step in the right direction today as 11 finalists were named.

The list will be whittled down to just three drivers in late August, with plans to announce the scholarship winner set for mid-September. The chosen driver will represent Canada in the 2011 Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.

This program is huge for up-and-coming Canadian drivers and wouldn’t have been possible without a ton of work, financial support from key partners and, of course, a strong passion for junior formula racing. Helping jump start the program are Grote Industries and Race Driver’s Guild of Canada. Several other supporters have helped make this possible,read the official release here.

2011 Team Canada Scholarship Nominees

  • Michael Adams – 16
  • Nathan Blok – 17
  • Mackenzie Clare – 16
  • Xavier Coupal – 20
  • Matthew Di Leo – 17
  • Garett Grist – 16
  • JP Jodion – 16
  • Dalton Kellett – 17
  • Charles Leclerc – 20
  • Aaron McCauley – 18
  • Ayrton Triolo – 17

All the drivers listed are currently competing in either the Ontario Formula Ford Championship or the Formula Tour 1600 Series, which should give them a good experience base when heading to Europe.

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