Michael Epps gears up for his debut on testing Toronto street circuit

Michael Epps
Michael Epps

Michael Epps will be back behind the wheel when the renowned Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship title fight resumes on July 13-14, won the streets of Toronto, Canada at the weekend.

As part of a multi-car effort by Belardi Auto Racing, the talented 21-year-old joins the series poised to build on strong mid-season test, and is focused on being part of the pack fighting for top honors at the demanding street circuit.

Hemel Hempstead man Epps, having made his North American junior formula car debut earlier in the year via doubleheaders at the historic Sebring International Raceway road course and St Petersburg street circuit back in March, has been working hard at getting back behind the wheel in the highly-regarded development series.

Thankfully, after missing the lone oval on the series calendar, the opportunity to do just that has arrived via a new partnership with Belardi Auto Racing.

While the former British Formula Vee Championship runner-up will make his official debut with Belardi Auto Racing during the twin bill run around the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto, he enters the weekend having already worked with the talented squad.

Epps recently took part in a private test with the Indiana-based team at Putnam Park. The UK racer, who also holds New Zealand citizenship, made the most of the outing to not only to develop a rapport with his new mechanics and engineers, but also with his new fellow rookies teammates Daniel Burkett, Matt McMurry, and Peter Portante.

Given how things went during the two-day run, both Epps and Belardi Auto Racing are excited about getting on-track for Rounds Six and Seven.

“I’m very excited to be joining Belardi Auto Racing for the remainder of the USF2000 season,” said Epps.

“The test was great. I was stunned by the organisation of the team. Everything runs like clockwork and there seemed to be less for me to deal with than I’m used to.

“We made a lot of great progress during the two days, getting me comfortable, gelling with the team, and setting the car up for various circumstances and situations we may encounter in the future.

“I recently spent a few hours in Toronto connecting between flights, and I can’t wait to go there and race.”

Epps officially resumes his quest for the championship today, when the first of two practice sessions take place around the 1.775-mile concrete-lined street circuit.

Qualifying takes place at the end of the day, with race one of the doubleheader on Saturday at 9.55am local time.

Round Seven is scheduled to take place at 11.35am local time on Sunday, and live timing and scoring will be available at www.f2000.com/Multimedia/Live.aspx

Those interested in supporting Michael Epps’ pursuit of the upper echelons of motorsports are encouraged to contact him directly at michael.epps@live.co.uk to discuss sponsorship opportunities.