MARTIN MAKES HIS MOVE
ANTHONY Martin will soon face his biggest challenge yet when he lines up on the starting grid in Florida, in a curtain raiser to the St Petersburg Indycar Grand Prix.
He will be seen by a crowd of more than 160,000 when he drives in the USF2000 event on the same program as the March 28 and 29 Indycar GP meeting, one of the biggest motorsport events in the US.
But the 19-year-old Banksia Grove racer should do well: he has already scored podium spots in his first two events, greatly exceeding expectations.
Before leaving Perth to drive for the highly-regarded John Cummiskey Racing team, he said he was hoping for “top 15” finishes in his first year in the US.
Instead, he finished third at New Orleans and last week repeated that performance at Birmingham, Alabama.
“Two podiums in two events! I couldn't be happier, and it was a great race,” he enthused.
But his next races at St Petersburg will be the biggest event he has ever faced.
“It is such a great experience to be racing at a lot of famous tracks this year,” he said.
“It will be the first time I have raced at a street circuit so that is really new to me but I am hoping I will adapt to the track fast.
“Even though it is a huge challenge I am excited for the race and for what the future brings.”
St Petersburg’s picturesque street circuit is flanked by a marina, yacht club and an airport, and features a week-long festival that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrities and top entertainers.
Anthony Martin is presented with his second trophy in the US.