Speed demon Epps ends the season with a top-five finish in Houston

Michael Epps in action in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Picture (c) Photograffics.com
Michael Epps in action in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Picture (c) Photograffics.com

A topsy-turvy 2013 race season came to a close for Michael Epps as he bagged a hard fought top-five finish in the Grand Prix of Houston.

Hemel Hempstead man Epps and his fellow Mazda Road to Indy racers had to deal with Houston’s traditional tight confines and concrete walls, as well as multiple changes to the bumpy track layout at the final two rounds of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

Epps – who has been plagued by bad luck throughout the campaign –rose to the occasion and claimed fifth place in the first round of the meet, but a loss of power ended his race prematurely in the second contest.

“It was really hard for everyone in Houston,” said Epps. “With the changing track conditions and problems with the configuration, it was a real challenge to make the right decisions.

“I nearly managed to get a podium, but things got a little scrappy between me and some other drivers, and I got shuffled to fifth.

“I’m a bit down about the mechanical failure in race two, but these things happen.

“I’ve really enjoyed this season overall.

“There have been more than enough hiccups, but I’m looking forward to the future, and I hope I’m able to get an opportunity like this again.”