Motor Sport News - - Racing News - His­toric Rally pre­view, p11

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.”

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