For 19 year old American, Jonathan Summerton, the early part of 2007 was exciting competing for Team USA in the A1GP series worldwide. Jonathan said the series is fantastic. "It is a really great series providing excitement as each team is ...
For 19 year old American, Jonathan Summerton, the early part of 2007 was exciting competing for Team USA in the A1GP series worldwide. Jonathan said the series is fantastic. "It is a really great series providing excitement as each team is determined to beat the other countries. In addition each venue gives great opportunities to the hosting country to promote itself to the drivers via a Thursday event. Fridays are for testing and then the 2 exciting races have become popular with spectators."
Jonathan's first race was Durban, S. Africa. He had a great race where he was in a comfortable 3rd position only to end up with a tire puncture and hitting the wall.
In Mexico, with Team USA becoming more comfortable with Jonathan, the team were on the ball. Jonathan had the fastest lap and Finished 2nd. He was pushing the lead car all the way to the flag providing the crowds with some of the best racing available. Jonathan also got in the record book as the youngest driver to ever podium in the history of A1GP.
At the final qualifying in Brands final in qualifying Jon caught a couple of cars on their warm up lap while he was on his hot lap causing him to break, catch the curb and spin. That resulted in Jon missing the next qualifying session. Luckily he was able to run in the final session proving to be the comeback kid, placing USA in 11th which, considering the team had rebuilt the damaged car and only 2 qualifying sessions was great. In the sprint race Jon gained several places. He finished a credible 6th in the final. This advanced Team USA to finish the series in 9th place for the year.
After the A1GP series Jonathan joined forces with Volkswagen to help with the research and development of their new Formula 3 Engine with testing throughout Europe during the summer ready for the final few races. Jonathan again proved his speed in testing, many times being as fast as the Mercedes times. When the races came Jonathan was given a different chassis which made set up extremely difficult as it had been crashed by prior owners. "We did our best with what we had but it was disappointing after being as fast as the Mercedes lap times in testing."
For the fall Jonathan was again asked to drive for the "We the People" Team USA in A1 GP where he drove in the Malaysia and China weekends. "Getting back in the seat took some adjustment as I hadn't driven the car for several months; however, working with the team we have improved our position in the overall points and hope to be on the podium in New Zealand."
Jonathan is now waiting to finalize details for the 2008 season which he hopes will include a possible Daytona 24 hour ride, and either GP2 or coming back to the USA in a major racing series where he is aiming to be at the top.