National Sports Car
Michele Abbate is the 2015 SCCA US Majors Tour STU Western Conference Division Champion, as well as the 2015 Lindley Bothwell Cal Club Driver of the Year. Her team, GRR Racing, races their Edelbrock E-Force Supercharged Scion FRS in the Majors Tour, as well as several other series throughout the west coast of the United States. A two time road racing Champion, Michele and her team know what it takes to come out on top. Abbate’s career started very grassroot and was pursued with passion, and still is. From starting in Autocross to being one of the few factory backed female driver’s for Toyota, Michele has perseverance, results, and heart for all things motorsports.
Neil Alberico graduates to the IndyLights Championship for 2016. The young driver residing in San Clemente, California joins the famed Carlin Motorsport team to compete in the highest rung on the Mazda Road to Indy. The former Pro Mazda race winner has long been a stalwart of the ladder system as USF2000 Winter Fest champion and ProMazda and USF2000 Vice-champion. A title this season would put the California driver one step closer to being the next American in the Indycar series.
As a top driver in the national karting scene, Jake Craig, was selected to be the Factory pilot for Praga in North America. Signed for 2015 as a factory Formula K karting driver, Craig took on the best competition both internationally and nationally securing a number of national event podiums, coming off an unbelievable 2014 season that saw the Southern California driver win three national championships. Jake will compete with the factory team though out the year while also developing his transition into the junior open-wheel categories.
Formula Renault 2.0 Asia
Maxx Ebenal, a young Canadian, currently competing in the Asian Formula Renault 2.0 championship, driving for BlackArts Racing Team.
In 2012, Maxx sold all his belongings, packed up, and moved across the world to China in pursuit of his dream to become a professional race car driver. After surviving two brain tumors as a teenager, Maxx is focused on supporting under-privileged and sick children around the world through his racing. His goal is to inspire and motivate others to chase their dreams, no matter their circumstance.
Rally and Ice Racing
Keanna entered the world of performance driving in 2011 at a winter driving school, eventually turning into ice racing and later, road racing and stage rally. She is currently the only female driver to qualify for the Wells Fargo Invitational Autocross Shootout and was the 2014 AMEC Ice Racing Rookie of the Year. Now, she is in her rookie season of rally, racing a 1.0l EcoBoost Ford Fiesta in the Rally America National Championship.
Max Fedler returns to Unser Karting as he continues to develop in the national karting ranks. Contending for podiums throughout the 2015, Max will surely be one of the top returning Junior class drivers. Max will also begin his transition into race cars in the Pirelli World Challenge series later in the season.
Red Bull GRC
Alejo returns to the polarizing Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites division with the expanded AF Racing. The division’s all-time leader in points scored will look to capture the title and keep working his way towards a Supercar effort in the future.
TJ Fischer returns to the United States after a season working through the European formula car ladder as he moves up into the USF2000 Championship and the Mazda Road to Indy in 2015. The 2013 Formula Car Challenge National Champion enjoyed a successful debut year in European competition improving all season to finish 6th in the 2014 BARC Protyre Formula Renault Series, a prestigious British championship that many of today’s stars have competed.
Colton Herta returns to Europe with Carlin and moves up the ladder to the F3 series. Racing in the Euro Formula Open championship, Colton will continue to build on his immense talent against the world’s best rising talents after winning multiple races in last year’s British MSA Formula 4 championship.
Former USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Brody Roa, is embarking on an ambitious 2016 looking to conquer both major west coast USAC championships in the same season. Racing for family-owned BR Performance, Brody is coming off two strong season that should have him positioned to be a title favorite in both the USAC/CRA and USAC West Coast 360 series.
After clinching the 2015 SKUSA S2 National Championship, Carter Williams has made the transition into open-wheel racing with World Speed Motorsports in the Formula Speed 2.0 division of the Formula Car Challenge. Actively still competing in national karting, Carter will be busy all season as he continues to move up the racing ladder.
The 2015 Skip Barber Championship Shootout and Team USA Scholarship winner has moved into the Mazda Road to Indy competing with Afterburner Autosport for the 2016 USF2000 championship. Showing speed in every form of car he’s driven the past few seasons, Dakota looks to utilize his Mazda scholarship to help continue moving up the racing ladder.
Sunoco Super Series/National Karting
At 20 years old, Nick Neri has won in anything he has ever had the chance to drive. With enough karting championships to make an entire team envious, Nick has proven his talent in various forms of open wheel and hard top race cars. Nick returns to karting full-time with Champion Racing with a national shifter schedule and will continue to run his own Late Model up and down the state of Florida.
Coming off a break-out 2015 TAG Junior campaign, the reigning Prokart Challenge champion sets his sights on the premier senior category for 2016. The Huntington Beach high schooler will look to challenge the veterans of the sport and continue developing under former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Phi Gieber’s karting operation.
Sports Car – IMSA
Driver of the #31 Bodymotion Racing/ Delaware Investments/ Monticello Motor Club Porsche Cayman in the IMSA CTSC and Pro Instructor at Monticello Motor Club.
SRL Southwest Tour
Hailing from the northwest, Parker has quickly become one of the top late model racers west of the Mississippi. Making the move down to California, Parker will team up with powerhouse NTS Racing to compete in the SRL Southwest Tour full-time as well as run a partial NASCAR K&N West program after winning Rookie of the Year in 2015.