HULSE JOINS JDC MOTORSPORTS FOR MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP ASSAULT Veteran driver adds extra punch to potent Star Mazda Championship squad MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 4, 2008) -- Reigning Star Mazda Team Champions JDC MotorSports have strengthened its...
HULSE JOINS JDC MOTORSPORTS FOR MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP ASSAULT
Veteran driver adds extra punch to potent Star Mazda Championship squad
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 4, 2008) -- Reigning Star Mazda Team Champions JDC MotorSports have strengthened its line-up with the announcement that ultra-quick Masters category pilot Chuck Hulse will drive for the team in 2008. Hulse, a longtime motorsports competitor, will join JDC MotorSports following off-season discussions with team co-owners John Church and Gerry Kraut, putting him under the tent with recent JDC signee Joel Miller and Kraut, a fellow Masters Championship driver.
Hulse will contest all 12 rounds on the 2008 Star Mazda Championship calendar, having made his series debut last year, running selected races with another team. In addition to racing in the Star Mazda Championship this coming season, Hulse will contest a full-season in the Pacific F2000 Championship for a second consecutive year.
"We are very pleased to have Chuck driving for us this coming season," commented Church. "In watching him last year, I was impressed with how well he did in a limited number of races. Without a doubt both Chuck and Gerry will be among the drivers to beat in the Masters Championship. I also expect them to be running near the front on a regular basis."
Hulse, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., enters his first-full season in the Star Mazda Championship seeking to continue his winning ways behind the wheel of an open-wheel car. The 54 year-old has been involved in motorsports via his father since childhood, initially racing sprint cars in the 1970s and 80's before making the move to formula cars in the early 2000's. Competing in the Jim Russell Racing Championship from 2002 to 2006, Hulse scored numerous wins and captured the 2004 Grand Master Championship. Moving up the motorsports ladder last year, he contested the entire Pacific F2000 Championship season, as well as five rounds in the Star Mazda Championship. Finishing seventh overall in the Pacific F2000 Championship, he secured the Master Championship title, while in the Star Mazda Championship he finished as the top Masters driver in four races, earning two top-10 results.
"I am looking forward to racing with the defending series champions this coming season," said Hulse. "I'm sure with JDC's backing I can not only compete for the 2008 Masters Championship, but regularly be challenging for spots inside the top-10 or top-five. I can't wait for the season-opener at Sebring."
The defending Star Mazda champions, JDC MotorSports team has established itself as one of the top junior-open wheel teams in North America. Founded in 1994, the Minnesota-based team has been in formula car racing since its inception. After achieving success in the Formula Ford 2000 class of club racing competition, JDC entered the pro ranks taking part in the U.S. FF2000 National Championship. With a reputation for developing young drivers, the team soon found success, winning multiple races, as well as the 2004 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship Rookie of the Year award. In 2005, the team expanded its efforts, entering the Star Mazda Championship. With series rookie Dane Cameron leading the charge, JDC enjoyed its most successful year-to-date last season, capturing both the driver and team titles in its second full-season of Star Mazda Championship competition. This coming season, JDC MotorSports will enter multi-car teams in both the Star Mazda Championship and F2000 Championship Series.
Earlier this week, Hulse and the entire JDC MotorSports team conducted a pre-season testing program in preparation for the 2008 Star Mazda Championship season-opening race on March 13 at Sebring International Raceway as part of the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring event.