Meredith Joins Cape for 2006 FF Zetec Season
POTOMAC, Md., Dec. 22 - Chris Meredith is set to return to the Formula Ford Zetec Cooper Tire Championship Series in 2006, but he's switching teams and will drive for Cape Motorsports.
Cape Motorsports has won two of the last four FF Zetec Cooper Tire Championships. In the other two years the team earned the runner-up position in the championship.
In his first year in a professional series, the 18-year-old Potomac, Md. high school senior competed against 41 other drivers, including the former British and Canadian national champions, to finish fifth in the Cooper Tire Championship standings for 2005. Meredith, who attends Churchill High School in Potomac, hopes to capitalize on what he learned this year in order to contend for the 2006 series championship.
"My goal for the 2006 season is to win races and win the championship. I've gained enough experience to win the championship, and I know Cape Motorsports will do everything in its power to give me what I need to be successful," he said.
After dropping two races as mandated by series rules, Meredith finished in the top 10 in every race in 2005. His best finish of the season, a fourth place, came under treacherous conditions at the challenging Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.
Meredith is excited about driving for Cape Motorsports in 2006. The team is led by two brothers, Dominic and Nicholas Cape. Dominic is the team's chief engineer, while Nicholas serves as team manager.
Immediately following the conclusion of the 2005 season the Cape brothers invited Meredith to spend a day at the team's testing facility at Bradenton, Fla. "Chris showed a lot of potential this year," said Dominic Cape. "For one reason or another it didn't all come together." Next year "we'll give Chris a car capable of winning," he vowed.
After watching Meredith turn some of the fastest times ever recorded at the team's testing facility, Dominic Cape asserted, "We know he'll be up to getting the job done."
"Ever since I became interested in racing Formula Fords I felt that Cape Motorsports was the premier team in North America," said Meredith. "It was really exciting and a privilege to test with them. I had a great time at the test and it was very impressive working with the team.
"Cape Motorsports was behind Bryan Sellars when he won the championship in 2002 and Bobby Wilson's championship in 2004. They've produced more great drivers than any team I've ever seen."
In preparation for the 2006 season Cape Motorsports will have Meredith's car ready for more testing, which is expected to begin in earnest after the holiday season.
For more information, see Meredith's Web site at chrismeredithracing.com.