Liberty Motorsports signs Matthew Powers

POWERS JOINS LIBERTY MOTORSPORTS FOR 2010 USF2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP California karter to make car racing debut in St. Petersburg as part of a two-car effort ROCKFORD, ILL. (March 19, 2010) - Liberty Motorsports is excited to announce the...

POWERS JOINS LIBERTY MOTORSPORTS FOR 2010 USF2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
California karter to make car racing debut in St. Petersburg as part of a two-car effort

ROCKFORD, ILL. (March 19, 2010) - Liberty Motorsports is excited to announce the signing of American Matthew Powers for the upcoming 2010 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. The Californian will make his car racing debut this season as part of a two-car effort by the standout Illinois-based squad.

Liberty Motorsports has achieved much success in the amateur junior formula car ranks over the past few years and will make the move to pro racing in 2010 via the newly revitalized USF2000 National Championship. Powers will drive the No. 36 Liberty Motorsports Van Diemen in the team's s inaugural pro season. A highly regarded karter, Powers joins Liberty Motorsports following an impressive test with the squad at Andersen RacePark in Florida, where the teenager not only turned some fast times, but also showcased great car control and technical feedback. Powers will contest six rounds of the USF2000 National Championship, partnering returning racer Terrick Mansur under the Liberty Motorsports awning.

"I'm very happy to have signed with Liberty Motorsports for the upcoming USF2000 National championship," said Powers. "I worked really well with the crew during testing in Florida and can't wait to get back behind the wheel in St. Pete. Liberty Motorsports is a first class team, and I know that we will have the equipment and personnel to challenge for the driver and team championship."

"Matt is what the USF2000 series is all about," said Liberty Motorsports Team Manager Chuck Lessick. "He is a successful karter making the move to the junior formula car ranks. He'll learn a lot in his first season, and the experience he will gain will serve him well in his racing future."

"I am excited to have Matt join the Liberty Motorsports team for the 2010 season," added Team Owner Brian Belardi. "Matt showed his experience during the test in Florida with his skill and speed. Although he will be a rookie this season, I know he will be a challenger for the series title."

A native of Danville, Calif., Powers enters his first season of car competition following a good deal of success in the karting ranks. First getting behind the wheel at the age of 10 via the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School Arrive-and-Drive karting program, it was not long before Powers was challenging for top honors. Advancing up the program's internal ladder system, he continued to show both good speed and skill, before making the switch to NorCal Rotax Series in 2006. A consistent front-runner in the highly competitive championship, Powers twice finished third in the title fight, most recently winning two races in a limited campaign last season. In addition to taking part in NorCal Rotax Series in 2009, Powers finished an impressive third in the TaG Senior class at the World Karting Association's Daytona Kart Week.

Powers and the entire Liberty Motorsports crew are currently busy preparing for the start of the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda, which gets underway on March 27-28, with Rounds One and Two taking place on the streets of St. Petersburg in conjunction with the IndyCar Series.

-source: liberty motorsports

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Series USF2000
Drivers Brian Belardi