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JDC MOTORSPORTS’ THOMPSON TAKES SIXTH IN USF2000 OVAL DEBUT

Canadian driver turns in flawless performance to gain valuable experience

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 26, 2014) – If the Verizon IndyCar Series is the goal, a driver with career aspirations must learn to master the art of oval racing. JDC MotorSports took its young Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda driver Parker Thompson to the ‘Day Before the 500’ FreedomFest at the banked 5/8-mile Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday, May 23 and the Canadian put in an extremely impressive performance in the 75-lapper. The 17-year-old rookie from Red Deer, Alberta ran strong, stayed out of trouble, handled lapped cars like a seasoned veteran and delivered a fine sixth place result, his seventh top-10 result of the year. JDC MotorSports continues to show well with their one-car team, led by a teenage freshman pilot.

“We’d love to have a teammate for Parker, but as a one-car team, I’m really pleased with what our guys have been able to accomplish,” commented John Church, JDC MotorSports Team Principal. “Parker continues to impress us with his development and his increasing understanding of car dynamics, and he’s showing maturity behind the wheel as well. Running on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway is a challenge and it requires a unique skill set, and I’m thrilled with how he approached the weekend. Despite limited track time, he brought the car home in one piece with a great result. This is his seventh finish in the top-seven, and I know we’ll be challenging for podiums over the second half of the season.”

Thompson laid down a two-lap combined time of 44.792 seconds in qualifying with a fast lap of 22.388 to grid up seventh in the 75-lap event. A strong start at the green flag put Parker in a battle for sixth, but he was too strong for his challengers and took full control of the position. The race would go green to checker with no cautions, eliminating the opportunity for him to get back in striking distance of the top-five. By the end of the race, Parker had maintained a half-second advantage over Keyvan Andres to finish sixth. The result further strengthens his hold on fifth in the championship standings heading to the Honda Indy Toronto event on June 12-14.

JDC MotorSports races with associate sponsorship from RedLineOil.com , HR Sportswear and Showdown Displays.

JDC MOTORSPORTS – DRIVER INFORMATION:

Parker Thompson – #80
Qualified: 8th – 44.7924 (two-lap combined total)
Race: 6th

Driver Quote: “Going into Lucas Oil Raceway, I didn’t know what to expect. There were so many firsts for me. It was a tough to get on pace due to the limited track time. We only had a few sessions to get the car set-up developed and my driving to where it needed to be. I still struggled with getting everything I could out of the car. But, at the end of the day, the risks can be much higher than the rewards at an oval, and to come out of this weekend with a clean sixth place is pretty good, I think. I am proud of all the hard work my JDC MotorSports boys did to pull off this result. They did a great job, as always. Now the focus will be on preparing for my home race in Toronto.”

JDC MOTORSPORTS ADDS HARGROVE TO PRO MAZDA LINEUP FOR INDY ROAD COURSE

2014 race winner returns to series for seat time, joins Connery, Nicklin and Davis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 6, 2015) – JDC MotorSports will add a significant weapon to its arsenal for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented Cooper Tires event this weekend (May 7-9) on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Last year’s championship runner-up Scott Hargrove will race alongside team pilots Kyle Connery and Parker Nicklin on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn layout, as he looks to gain track time to keep his skills sharp in anticipation of his return to the Indy Lights series. JDC has also added Autobahn Country Club Pro Mazda champion Kevin Davis to the squad for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, running in the Expert category.

“We’re very happy to welcome Scott back under the tent for this weekend’s events and I believe that he will provide a positive tone and very useful data,” offered John Church, Team Principal. “Scott ran for us in the USF2000 and we’ve watched him mature into one of the best young drivers in open wheel racing. Kyle and Parker should benefit from having Scott with us, and it’s great to have Kevin under the tent as well. We think that he’ll be able to challenge for the Expert class win this weekend.”

Connery and Nicklin return to competition primed to build off a challenging weekend at Barber Motorsports Park two weeks ago. Connery sits ninth in the championship standings, but knows that he has the speed to run in the top-five, as was evident at the St. Petersburg season opener when he finished fifth in the second race of the doubleheader. Nicklin is focused on continued driver development and he has steadily cut the gap to the leaders with each weekend, as he is visiting every facility for the first time. Where the veteran drivers are looking to shave off tenths of a second, Parker is finding much more between each session.

Hargrove scored three Pro Mazda Championship wins in 2014 en route to second in the championship, and he won both main events here on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last year. The Canadian made the jump to the Indy Lights series this year and contested the opening round at St. Petersburg, running to an impressive fourth place finish with 8 Star Motorsports. Scott is working diligently to assemble the funding to return to the Indy Lights program, and JDC MotorSports is proud to have him run with the team this weekend. Scott will driver the #19 BCPitCrew.com / Race Energy Performance entry.

Alvin, IL’s Davis, who runs at the Autobahn Country Club in its Pro Mazda series, won nine of 10 events last year and is excited to take on three other Expert class competitors this weekend in the #44 Quicklube Pro Mazda. The 44 year-old will be making his first start in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, and it is also his first time running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Like many racers, getting the opportunity to run at this famed circuit is a dream and Davis is already enjoying himself during pre-event testing.

The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires drivers will be on-track for two 30-minute practice sessions on Thursday at 9:15 am and 2:15 pm Eastern. The series will run the make-up race that was rained out at NOLA Motorsports Park at 5:55 pm that evening. The Pro Mazda drivers will qualify on the morning of Friday, May 8 at 10:15, ahead of the official ‘opening’ race of the doubleheader at 2:00 pm. The second main event, and third of the weekend, will take place at 12:15 pm on Saturday, May 9. Team followers can tune into live play-by-play and live timing by downloading the new ‘Road to Indy’ app in iTunes or the Google Play store. You can also follow through the series website – www.promazda.com.

JDC MotorSports races with associate sponsorship from RedLineOil.com , HR Sportswear and Showdown Displays.”

JDC MOTORSPORTS – PRO MAZDA DRIVERS

Kyle Connery – #91
Age: 23
Hometown: Stuart, Florida
Residence: Vero Beach, FL
Sponsors: Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, SeaRock, Connery Concrete

Social Media:
Website: www.kyleconnery.com
Facebook: Kyle.Connery
Twitter: @k_connery91

2015 Record:
Point Standings: 9th
Best Finish: 5th – St. Petersburg – Race 2

Driver Quote: “I’m excited that we are having a make-up race from NOLA. It gives us a chance to claw back some valuable points in the championship. My engineer Tim (Lewis) and I briefed about Indy before we left Barber and we have a different strategy for the weekend that will hopefully make a difference for me in qualifying. Aside from that, the track itself is going to be an incredible show. Not just for the fans, but for us as well. Indy provides plenty of passing opportunities and an unbelievable draft.”

Scott Hargrove – #19
Age: 20
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Residence: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Sponsors: BCPitCrews.com, Race Energy Performance

Social Media:
Website: www.scotthargrove.com
Facebook: ScottHargroveMotorsports
Twitter: @Scott_Hargrove

2015 Record:
Point Standings: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

Driver Quote: ““I’ve been spoiled with high horsepower, high downforce and flappy paddle shifters recently while driving the new Indy Lights car, so it will be fun to get back in a Pro Mazda car and see if I still have what it takes! I have great memories from this event last year, where I won both races, so needless to say I’m excited to get a shot of backing that up this year. In 2012, I ran with JDC in USF2000, they are a great group and I expect we will be up to speed right away. Thanks to JDC for bringing me on board this weekend, I can’t wait to be back in a car!”

Parker Nicklin – #26
Age: 18
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Residence: Indianapolis, IN
Sponsors: Just Let It Ring, Nicklin Property Management, OMG Media Solutions

Social Media:
Website: www.nicklinmotorsports.com
Facebook: Nicklin Motorsports “Just Let It Ring”
Twitter: @justletitring

2015 Record:
Point Standings: 15th
Best Finish: 12th – St. Petersburg – Race 2

Driver Quote: “The track is new to me, but from the track time I’ve had today (Wednesday testing), I know I will enjoy the track. This is a race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so it holds a special place in my heart because of all the historical races and legends that have driven this track.”

Kevin Davis – #44
Age: 44
Hometown: Alvin, Illinois
Sponsors: Quicklube

2015 Record:
Point Standings: N/A
Best Finish: N/A

Driver Quote: “Indy has been a dream of mine ever since I was a child, so I’m just living the dream. I’m running my own car this weekend under the guidance of JDC and working with their engineering staff has been great.”

CHASTAIN JOINS THOMPSON UNDER JDC MOTORSPORTS USF2000 TENT AT INDY

CHASTAIN JOINS THOMPSON UNDER JDC MOTORSPORTS USF2000 TENT AT INDY

Squad expands USF2000 line-up for Indianapolis road course event

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 56 2014) – As a one-car team in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, JDC MotorSports and their rookie driver Parker Thompson have been one of the most exciting highlights of the series’ first three doubleheader events. The young Canadian pilot has shown maturity and growth since his debut at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March and his back-to-back fifth place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park in late April have put him in the top-six in the championship standings. Parker and the team head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course alongside the Verizon IndyCar Series this coming weekend, and Thompson will have a teammate for the first time this year. F1600 graduate and current F2000 Championship Series driver Sam Chastain has signed to run with JDC MotorSports in the #19 Miller-Eads Company / The Harding Group entry.

“We’re very excited to be bringing on a teammate for Parker this weekend,” offered John Church. “This will be Sam’s home race and we hope he can put on a show for all his fans. I expect that he and Parker will work very well together, and the team is motivated by the fact that we’ll have double the data. If Parker can continue his momentum, I think we’ll be challenging for a podium finish.”

Thompson has posted five top-seven finishes in the six races that have been run this season, with the only blemish being his opening lap DNF for the first round in St. Petersburg. The multi-time karting champion and Team Canada member has become more and more comfortable with his USF2000 car, as well as the demands and competition of the series. Parker remains focused on making his first trip to a post-race podium and the team expects that this accomplishment is right around the corner.

Chastain comes to JDC MotorSports from the F2000 Championship Series, where he is campaigning the full series and currently sits sixth in points. Sam finished sixth and fourth in the opening two races of the program at Road Atlanta in his F2000 debut. The 22-year-old driver spent the last two seasons racing in the F1600 program, where he competed against current USF2000 drivers like Aaron Telitz, Jake Edison, Ayla Agren and Garth Richards. In 2014, he finished seventh in the points with a single race win.

Parker, Sam and their JDC MotorSports crews will tackle the next stop of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda on Wednesday, May 6, running in a pair of official series test sessions ahead of practice on Thursday, May 7. The JDC MotorSports duo will qualify on Friday, May 7 at 9:30 am EDT and Race 1 will go green at 1:00 pm that afternoon. Race 2 is scheduled for 10:30 am EDT on Saturday, May 9. Team followers can tune into live play-by-play and live timing by downloading the new ‘Road to Indy’ app in iTunes or the Google Play store. You can also follow through the series website – www.usf2000.com.

JDC MOTORSPORTS – DRIVER INFORMATION:

Parker Thompson – #80
Age: 17
Hometown: Red Deer. Alberta
Sponsors: Bell Helmets, OMP, Parker Thompson: Drive to Stay Alive

Social Media:
Website: www.parkerthompsonracing.com
Facebook: Parker Thompson Racing
Twitter: @parkertracing

2015 Record:
Point Standings: 6th – 88 points
Best Finish: 4th – NOLA (Race 2)
Best Qualifying Position: 5th – Barber (Race 1)

Driver Quote: “”Heading into the month of May, I am extremely confident that JDC Motorsports and I will be in for some solid finishes and competing for wins. We have signed a second car to the USF2000 program, which is huge for getting our set-ups polished for the races. Now I have half the work to do setup-wise. I also think that the team and I have been gaining huge momentum in the last few races. We are all working extremely hard and it will pay off in the near future. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course was an excellent track for myself at the Chris Griffiths Memorial test, so I am really looking forward to what we can do this weekend.”

Sam Chastain – #19
Age: 22
Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana
Sponsors: Miller-Eads Company, The Harding Group, Bella Vita, D2 Land and Water Resource, Atlantic Mortgage, NT supply, and Beach Bum Vacations

Social Media:
Facebook: sam.chastain.14
Twitter: @SamChastain27

2015 Record:
Point Standings: N/A
Best Finish: N/A
Best Qualifying Position: N/A

Driver Quote: “I’m super excited to be getting the opportunity to run the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. I plan on having a lot of fun and hopefully walking away with a couple of top-fives. It’s also a dream come true and a big privilege to get this opportunity.”

JDC MOTORSPORTS – TEAM INFORMATION:

Website: www.jdcmotorsport.com
Twitter: @jdcmotorsports
Direct Contact: John Church

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About JDC Motorsports:
Involved in formula car racing since its inception in 1994, JDC Motorsports has established itself as one of the leading junior open-wheel teams in North America. Initially making its mark in the F2000 class of club racing competition, JDC Motorsports was soon a team worth watching in the pro ranks. Competing in the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship, the team not only won races, but also helped develop multiple young drivers. In 2005, JDC Motorsports expanded its efforts, entering the Star Mazda Championship. Quickly becoming one of the top teams in the series, JDC captured both the driver and team titles in 2007, as well as Rookie of the Year honors, with Dane Cameron scoring a series-high three wins. In 2008, JDC Motorsports was the runner-up in the Star Mazda Championship and finished fourth in its inaugural season of F2000 Championship Series competition. The Minnesota-based team won the Star Mazda Championship title with Rookie of the Year Adam Christodoulou, and the F2000 Championship Series title with Chris Miller in 2009. The following year, JDC continued its winning ways, earning the Rookie of the Year award in the Star Mazda Championship with Connor De Philippi, and scoring a non-points win in the USF2000 National Championship. In 2011, the Minneapolis-based squad captured its third Star Mazda Championship title with Tristan Vautier, scored a win in the USF2000 National Championship, and made its Prototype Lites Championship debut, earning five podium finishes. JDC Motorsports added to its Star Mazda Championship win tally, USF2000 Championship podium total, and finished as the Prototype Lites Championship runner-up in 2012. Last year, the squad continued its run of Pro Mazda and USF2000 podium finishes, and was third in the Prototype Lites title fight.