JDC MOTORSPORTS READY FOR USF2000 OVAL CHALLENGE IN IOWA
Goikhberg and Abbate set to continue strong opening season runs in Round Four
NEWTON, IOWA (June 17, 2010) - JDC MotorSports continues its pursuit of top honors in the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda on Saturday (June 19), when the revitalized development series takes to the Iowa Speedway for Round Four on the championship calendar. Class rookies Mikhail Goikhberg and Raphael Abbate will once again drive for the Minnesota-based team, having finished on the podium and among the top-10 in their oval debuts just over two weeks ago.
While JDC MotorSports has primarily made its mark in the junior formula car ranks via wins on road courses and street circuits, the Minnesota-based outfit is no stranger to success on ovals. Thanks in large part to a strong and talented group of personnel, the JDC duo of Goikhberg and Abbate will have all the tools necessary to add to team's impressive junior formula car resume when the USF2000 cars and drivers take to the 7/8-mile oval outside of Newton, Iowa.
Goikhberg makes his first trip to the Iowa Speedway confident he can continue his recent run of form behind the wheel. Driving the No. 10 Chetverg/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, the Russian - who now resides in Canada - has rapidly established himself as a title contender and driver worth watching. Goikhberg recently finished third and set a lap record in his oval debut during Round Three at ORP, and won both races of the non-points doubleheader at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Given these performances, combined with the fact he is continually gelling with the JDC crew and getting better each time he rolls on-course, many are expecting Goikhberg to be in contention for the win in Round Four.
Abbate enters the fifth event of the season poised to build on a successful start to his inaugural North American race campaign. The Brazilian, despite having never seen any of the series tracks or previously driven a Formula Ford 2000 race car, has never finished outside of the top-10 in his No. 11 Avery Dennison/Alphacolor/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry. With his first-ever oval race - finishing eighth - now in the record books, Abbate is set to continue his charge towards the front in Iowa.
-source: jdc motorsports