Reigning British F4 champion Jamie Caroline will join BN Racing for the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. With the season set to kick off this weekend at St. Petersburg, the 19-year-old will have to get his first taste of the series minus testing time.
“I have always had my eye on the racing scene in the United States and look forward to getting on track next week,” Caroline said. “The competition always seems to be very good in the U.S. and I am up to the challenge. BN Racing has shown well in last year’s hand full of events they competed at in 2017 and they have been well on pace in 2018 testing.
“The Mazda Road to Indy offers something that not many other series do and that is why I am making the switch to racing in the United States. To have the opportunity to gain scholarship money with championships and move up the ladder is unprecedented, and I am excited for the challenge. Also, to compete alongside the Verizon IndyCar Series at many events is something that I am looking forward to.”
So it’s official
I will be racing in @USF2000 this year with BN Racing.
First round at ST Petersburg with no testing will be fun
Fly out tomorrow been a hectic few weeks but now retirement is over
— Jamie Caroline (@jamiecaroline7) March 5, 2018
Caroline began open wheel competition in 2014, racing in both the Ginetta Junior Winter Series and the Ginetta Junior Championship, claiming titles in both. In 2016, the multi-time race winner and champion split his time between British F4 and the British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy before focusing on the the British F4 program in 2017. Amassing ten victories, six pole positions and an astounding sixteen podium results, he went onto claim another championship.
“Jamie’s résumé speaks for itself,” BN Racing’s Bryn Nuttall said. “He has had success with multiple teams in many different programs, ultimately topping the end of the year points battles in many of them. A quick study off the track and even faster on it, Caroline will be the final piece to a powerful BN Racing program for 2018.”