G.FRO Signs Teenager Philip Metzger for 2006 F2000 Season January 31, 2006 -- Newly renamed G.FRO (Geoff Fickling Racing Operation) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its driver lineup for the upcoming 2006 Cooper Tires Championship...
G.FRO Signs Teenager Philip Metzger for 2006 F2000 Season
January 31, 2006 -- Newly renamed G.FRO (Geoff Fickling Racing Operation) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its driver lineup for the upcoming 2006 Cooper Tires Championship Series for Formula Ford 2000 cars: 16-year-old Denver, Colorado driver Philip Metzger. Metzger joins G.FRO with one year of formula car experience after recently competing in the West Coast-based Formula TR Series where he captured five podium finishes, one pole position and the series' coveted Hard Charger Award.
"Philip is a great addition to our team," declares G.FRO team owner Geoff Fickling. "He tested with us over the winter and surprised us with his focus and outright speed. We're very pleased to bring him into our team for this season as I think he should turn some heads over the course of the year."
In addition to his most recent season of Formula TR racing, Metzger brings with him over nine years of karting experience dating back to when he was six years old when he captured the Colorado State Jr. Briggs Stock Rookie of the Year honors. Metzger compiled numerous victories and successes over the course of his karting career, before making the leap into junior formula car racing one year ago.
"I'm excited for this season and joining the G.FRO team," says Metzger. "I'm hoping to be a front-runner in my rookie year and I think driving for G.FRO will definitely help me achieve my goals. My teammates will push me all season and I plan to do the same."
Although Metzger is a Cooper Series rookie, he made his series debut last fall at Road America where despite mechanical issues which forced him to start from 30th place on the grid, the youngster drove a stellar race to finish in 10th position. In the process, Metzger clicked off the ninth fastest race lap despite it being his first trip to the daunting natural terrain road course.
Since the Cooper Series season does not begin until May, Metzger will make his race debut this weekend with G.FRO in the Pacific F2000 Series season opener at Phoenix International Raceway. Metzger plans to compete in a handful of Pacific F2000 events in addition to the Cooper Series schedule in order to log in as much seat time as possible this season.
Regular G.FRO front-runner John Lombardo and another new addition to the team -- promising Englishman Dominik Jackson -- will join Metzger at PIR.
Lombardo, from Brea, Calif., now his third year of F2000 competition, looks to pick up where he left off at the end of the 2005 season, when he scored four consecutive podium finishes including a win at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.
Jackson, 21, from Lincoln, England, who has previously won races in the intensely competitive German Formula BMW Championship, is now looking to make his mark in North America.
Last season, G.FRO scored two victories at the PIR event with driver Ian Lacy, who is now the team's driver coach. The team hopes to continue its recent success at the 1.51-mile road circuit.