DEMPSEY TO RUN AMERICAN
Cliff Dempsey Racing has completed its two-car line-up for this year’s BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 Championship by signing Team USA Scholarship candidate Chase Owen.
The Irish squad will field two works-supported Ray GR13/14 chassis in both this year’s National Championship and James Beckett’s Super Series contest. Owen, 23 from Houston, Texas, joins Formula Ford Festival winner James Raven in the line-up.
Dempsey will also run both cars in the colours of the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout, which will award drivers from both FF1600 classes a spot on the shootout to win a fully-funded season in the US F2000 Championship worth £140,000.
Owen has previous singleseater experience having been a winner in the Skip Barber Academy series in the USA. He made it to the final shootout for a spot on the Team USA Scholarship last year, but lost out to fellow Skip Barber graduate Dakota Dickerson.
Dempsey said: “It’s very exciting to have Chase join us as American drivers have a good history of success in British Formula Ford. The deal came about because [Team USA Scholarship advisor] Jeremy Shaw put Chase in contact with us. He’s a big FF1600 advocate and believes American drivers should do at least a season in Europe for their development.
“European racing is much tougher and a higher standard than it is in the junior US classes. Chase will have to adapt to the car, the tighter track, and the more physical style of racing. He’s got bags of potential though and having James [Raven] alongside him will be great as James is superb at helping to bring on other drivers via feedback and advice. A year in the UK is great – just look at the career path of [British Fford runner-up now Indycar racer] Josef Newgarden.”