Afterburner Autosport showcased its championship-winning pedigree over the weekend (March 23-24), with an impressive double visit to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda podium in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rookie Wyatt Gooden positioned himself as a 2013 title contender with two impressive runner-up finishes at the Florida street circuit, while fellow first-year series racer Brandon Newey also showcased his talents with a top-five and top-10 result. Jake Eidson did not garner the results desired, but he battled through adversity to further display his talents behind the wheel. Afterburner Autosport now lies second in both the driver and team standings, poised to fight for top honors when the action resumes in late May with the lone oval on the championship calendar.
The professionalism and skill of the Afterburner Autosport squad was on full display this past week (March 14-15) during the season-opening doubleheader of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. With the talented trio of American up-and-comers Jake Eidson, Wyatt Gooden, and Brandon Newey behind the wheels at Sebring International Raceway, the Minnesota-based team earned four top-10 finishes during Rounds One and Two, and is now poised to build on that success this coming weekend (March 23-24) on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
MINNEAPOLIS, MIN. (February 28, 2013) – Afterburner Autosport has announced that Brandon Newey will pilot their No. 98 entry in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series. Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian will be the co-entrant and the two teams will collaborate to develop a championship-winning program in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system.
Newey, a twenty-year-old Indianapolis native and Purdue University sophomore, is anxious to get started on the first step of the ladder system with the well-respected Afterburner Autosport team.
The 2012 season was very successful for Newey in the Formula F1600 Championship Series. He finished second in the championship points standings and achieved four wins, five second-place finishes, and two pole positions including a new track record at Watkins Glen. In addition to being a finalist for the Team USA Scholarship, Newey continues to emerge as a talented young American driver who is working hard to get the top level of IndyCar racing.
“I am really looking forward to going to Sebring with the Afterburner Autosport team. I have to thank Tim Walsh and Brian Tomasi for providing the opportunity to race with their team in the USF2000 series. We have a lot of work to do since I missed the recent Winterfest races in January but I am up for the challenge.”
Watkins Glen, NY – Mygale Teammates Brandon Newey and Adrian Starrantino, racing for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian, claimed a one-two finish to close out the F1600 Formula F Championship Series season on Sunday at Watkins Glen International.
Despite a shortened race due to a six-car incident, the Mygale team, powered by Honda, showcased another strong performance on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile permanent road course.
Just a day earlier, Newey claimed the pole position for Saturday’s race and brought home a second place spot on the podium. When the checkered flag dropped Sunday, Newey was the Series Championship runner-up, narrowly missing the title by only seven points. If all twelve races of the season were used to calculate the winner, instead of the best 10 races, Newey would have won the championship by fourteen points. Continue reading