KARTING CHAMP JASON BOWLES TESTS FINLAY MOTORSPORTS DAYTONA PROTOTYPE Charlotte, NC (November 14, 2005) -- Jason Bowles, one of America's most promising young kart racers and winner of the 2004 SKUSA Supernationals, recently completed a...
KARTING CHAMP JASON BOWLES TESTS FINLAY MOTORSPORTS DAYTONA PROTOTYPE
Charlotte, NC (November 14, 2005) -- Jason Bowles, one of America's most promising young kart racers and winner of the 2004 SKUSA Supernationals, recently completed a one-day test in the Finlay Motorsports Daytona Prototype at Kershaw Raceway in South Carolina.
During the 35-lap test at the 2.3-mile, 12-turn track in the team's #19 Finlay Motorsports/Air Force Reserve/Make-A-Wish Foundation/ Commercial Defeasance Dinan-Powered Riley Daytona Prototype, Bowles turned very competitive lap times, within 4/10ths of a second of the base lap established by regular Finlay Motorsports driver Michael McDowell in the same race car.
"Jason did an excellent job considering the short time he was in the car," says Finlay Motorsports team manager Steve Cameron. "He was very professional and had no trouble adapting to the car, the track or our team procedures. His feedback was good and I would definitely rate him as an asset to any team. Both of our regular drivers, Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley, came up through karting and have a good eye for young racers who show promise. They felt strongly that we should give Jason a test, and after working with him for a day, we agree with their assessment; this is a fast young driver with a bright future."
Bowles started racing karts in 1993 at age 11, and won his first championship at age 15. He moved up to the Super Karts USA (SKUSA) national karting series in 2000, winning the prestigious Supernationals event in Las Vegas in 2004. After 11 years in kart racing, he has made the jump to open-wheel cars, running the Formula Ford Zetec Championship in 2004, finishing 4th in the championship and taking 'Rookie of the Year' honors. He has also run several races with Team Lexus in the Grand Am Cup Series, and recently ran his first Formula Mazda Pro Series race, finishing 12th in a car with suspension damaged by being hit from behind on the opening lap.
"Driving the Finlay Daytona Prototype was a great experience, and a lot different than I thought it would be," says Bowles. "I was able to get up to speed more quickly than I expected, and it was hot as an oven in the cockpit. The acceleration and cornering speeds were both impressive but not overwhelming, and the braking was good, but it takes a lot more pedal pressure than I'm used to in a kart or open-wheel car. The Finlay Motorsports team was very professional, and I'd like to thank them very much for giving me this opportunity. I'm not sure yet what I'll be doing next year, but I'd like to get into the Grand Am series and I feel this test will help me achieve that goal."
Finlay Motorsports won the 2005 Rolex Series finale at Mexico City and finished 6th in the championship. The team has announced that it will compete for the 2006 Grand American championship with a 2-car team of Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototypes.