ATCC: Canadian Darryl O'Young Zhuhai debut recap

Zhuhai International Circuit, China. 19 October 2001 Canadian Driver Tries His Luck In Asia The starting grid at the Asian Formula 2000 (AF2000) Rounds 13 & 14 races this weekend's will see a new face, that of Canadian ...

Zhuhai International Circuit, China. 19 October 2001
Canadian Driver Tries His Luck In Asia

The starting grid at the Asian Formula 2000 (AF2000) Rounds 13 & 14 races this weekend's will see a new face, that of Canadian Darryl O'Young.

Darryl, who has had a long racing history in the United States, is here with his father Sam, and are gauging the possibility of racing the whole season in the Asian Formula 2000 next year.

With 13 years experience racing karts, Darryl also claims the 2000 Canadian National Champion "Formula C" and the 2000 US National ICA Champion trophies to his name. He is currently racing in the Formula 1600 in the US, and has his own racing outfit, with his father as his race engineer.

"Yes, this race is just a trial, and our friend (and fellow racer) Paul Yao has played a big role in convincing me that this endeavour would be worth the trip," said Darryl.

His father, Sam added, "We're looking at the possibility of a sponsorship deal, and if there are any chance of us setting up a team. Our race here this weekend is sponsored by a tea-making company, President Ice Tea, and I'm looking at the possibility of new sponsorship."

"Darryl races in the United States, as it is actually nearer to us (the O'Youngs are from Vancouver) than the Canadian circuits are, which are mostly in the East Coast. It is very different racing in the United States. For one thing, the "Arrive and Drive" packages would only take in a maximum of two or three drivers per team.

"But over here, I'm just amazed that the teams actually have enough manpower to form a big team, like SMR and the Ghiasport teams," said Sam.

Added Darryl, "My long term plan is to race in the Indy Cars or Formula 1. But in the mean time, I'm just looking forward to a good race this weekend, and after that, we'll gauge the response and see whether or not I'll be back next year."

-AFOS-

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