Ahead of the opening round of the inaugural USF Juniors series at Ozarks International Raceway next weekend (April 22-24), RTI Insider Rob Howden connected with expected title contender Nick d'Orlando from DC Autosport with Cape Motorsports to discuss his karting career and his championship success in F1600 in 2021. As part of the 'Getting To Know' segment, Rob and Nick talk about a track day with Daniel Ricciardo, pizza, and Marvel movies.
Illinois' Jason Pribyl will be one of the many drivers on the inaugural USF Juniors grid for the 2022 season, running with IGY6 Motorsports. Unlike other drivers who started their motorsports journey in sprint karting, Jason developed his racecraft in enduro karting, running full-sized racetracks like Mid-Ohio, Gingerman, and Grattan Raceway. Rob spoke with Jason about his move to cars in F1600 and the SCCA Formula Enterprises 2 category, and his excitement and expectations for USF Juniors in 2022.
American karter Evagoras Papasavvas will make his Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship debut in 2022, after having spent this past season immersed in a focused testing program with Jay Howard Driver Development. Rob sat down with Evagoras to discuss his years of karting that have led him to this season's move to the Road to Indy, as well as an incident that occurred in a late-season karting event that will sideline him for the first two events of 2022.
After making his Indy Pro 2000 debut at the Road to Indy season finale at Mid-Ohio, Exclusive Autosport's Christian Brooks is primed and ready to take a run at the title in his freshman season. Rob and Christian discuss his years in the Red Bull Global Rallycross program, and his first two seasons in USF2000. Rob also pitches Christian with some fun and intriguing 'Getting To Know' questions.
With Andersen Promotions debuting their new USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires series in 2022, Rob begins his 'RTI Insider' interview from that paddock with Georgia's Noah Ping, who will compete this season with Velocity Racing Development. A former hockey goaltender, the 19-year-old comes to the USF Juniors program after a season of Radical Cup and SCCA Spec Racer Ford competition.
After two seasons in USF2000 with Cape Motorsports and Turn 3 Motorsport, New York's John Green will make the step to Indy Pro 2000 with Turn 3 in 2022. Green scored his first USF2000 win in the season finale and his three-year racing career is an intriguing study is rapid yet consistent development. Rob and Josh hit on all of these points, before allowing him to tackle the 'Getting to Know' questions.
In this second edition of the new format, Rob talks with USF2000 driver Dylan Christie, who is preparing to enter his sophomore season in the series. Christie will run for DE Force this season. In addition, Rob and Dylan discuss their love of sushi and homemade burgers.
In the first 'Road to Indy Insider' podcast of the year, Rob speaks with Indy Lights sophomore Benjamin Pedersen about his rookie campaign in 2021, prepping for the upcoming schedule during the off-season, and the culture of success at HMD-Global Racing Group. Rob caps off the interview by asking the Danish-born, Seattle native a series of fun questions to get to know the championship contender.
RTI Insider Rob Howden sat down with Indianapolis racer Michael Myers on Thursday, July 29 to discuss his transition from off-road ATV racing to open wheel formula car racing in 2018, as well as his second year in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, running with his family operation.
Road To Indy Insider Rob Howden talks with the most recent Indy Pro 2000 race winner Hunter McElrea of Pabst Racing. They discuss Hunter's season-to-date, his thoughts on the opening oval race at World Wide Technology Raceway, what he'll need to do to win the title, and his goals for 2022.