G.FRO Looking Forward to Cooper F2000 Opener May 5, 2006 - San Clemente, Calif. -- Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship team G.FRO (Geoff Fickling Racing Operation) heads into the 2006 season hoping to break through as a consistent ...
G.FRO Looking Forward to Cooper F2000 Opener
May 5, 2006 - San Clemente, Calif. -- Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship team G.FRO (Geoff Fickling Racing Operation) heads into the 2006 season hoping to break through as a consistent front-runner in the highly competitive junior formula series. After concluding the 2005 season with a win and a pole position at Virginia International Raceway, G.FRO hopes to begin this season where it left off last.
G.FRO has signed a wealth of young talent for this season featuring New Zealander Andy Knight, 19; Englishman Dominik Jackson, 21; and American Philip Metzger, 17. Throw those names into the mix of returning veteran drivers John Lombardo, Chris Hundley and Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi and the Southern-California based team has quite a line-up.
"I'm extremely pleased with the way our team has come together this season," said team-owner Geoff Fickling. "I think we have a real good balance within our team and its going to be very important to build good team chemistry considering our ambitious approach to achieving success in this series. I think I speak for the entire team in saying I can't wait to start the season."
Knight has spent the better part of the past three seasons creating headlines in his native country, finishing a strong second place in both the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series and the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship in 2004/05 in addition to third place in the Toyota Racing Series this past season. "I'm really looking forward to the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Series," commented Knight who will pilot his #33 Latimer Hotel/Napa/Valvoline/Denso/G.FRO Van Diemen Ford this season.
"The series has produced some great champions over the years and it is great to be following in their footsteps. This year the series has attracted some talented drivers from all over the world so it is bound to be very competitive. I can't wait until the first round to try and get some results on the board."
Jackson, Metzger, Lombardo, Hundley and Tirinnanzi meanwhile have been preparing for the season by competing in the first few rounds of the Pacific F2000 series. Jackson proved worthy by dominating the opening rounds at Phoenix International Raceway by capturing both pole positions en route to a win and a second place. Metzger showed good pace in the most recent event at Buttonwillow Raceway after qualifying second and battling for the same position for the majority of the race before an unfortunate incident ended his impressive showing.
Hundley also shined at Buttonwillow in capturing his career-best finish of second place in race one while Lombardo scored two top-fives at PIR and Tirinnanzi captured a top-ten at Buttonwillow.
"I'm looking forward to my second season in the series," said Hundley who will once again steer his #31 The Limousine Connection/Napa/Valvoline/Denso/G.FRO Van Diemen Ford this season. "The Cooper Series is very competitive and it will be nice returning to some tracks for the second time. The team has all moved up to the next level and it should be a great, competitive combination."
Kicking off the season at Road Atlanta, full-time drivers Knight, Jackson and Metzger will be teamed with Hundley in a four-car effort while Lombardo and Tirinnanzi will join the team for the remaining races beginning at Portland in June.