When the USF2000 Championship title chase officially commences in St. Petersburg, Fla., in late March, JDC MotorSports will once again have a driver worth keeping an eye on, thanks to the signing of returning racer Toppe. The multiple USF2000 race-winning team, which has a proven track record of developing young talent, is confident the 16 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas, is ready to take the next step in his evolution as a driver, following a solid first season of USF2000 action.
Toppe showcased continued growth behind the wheel in 2013. Despite having a great deal less experience than many of his counterparts, with only the Skip Barber Summer Series to draw upon outside of the karting ranks on his resume, he was consistently in the fight for positions among the top-10.
Given the experiences learned in his rookie campaign, combined with the resources under the JDC awning, both Toppe and JDC MotorSports are excited about what lies ahead in the 2014 edition of the USF2000 Championship.
"I'm very happy to be back with JDC MotorSports for the 2014 season," stated Toppe. "I think we can build on the good things we did this past year, and hopefully have some better luck. It's great going into it knowing what to expect in the terms of car setup and communication between myself and the team. I'm looking forward to running the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship again, and expanding my race craft and skills."
"It is great to have Clark back for a second season," added JDC MotorSports owner John Church. "He is a super kid with a ton of potential. We are all looking forward to the 2014 season."
Preparations for the 2014 race season are already underway at JDC MotorSports' base of operations in Minnesota. As part of its off-season testing program, the squad is slated to take part in the annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on December 9-10. Toppe and yet to be announced teammates are poised to be part of the action in the traditional six-race Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, which takes place at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, La., on February 21-22, and at Barber Motorsports Park on February 25-26. The 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season gets underway on March 29-30, with Rounds One and Two on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in conjunction with the IndyCar Series season-opener.