Will Owen, who impressively won the 2014 USF2000 race as a rookie at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past May, is moving up the racing ladder.
According to a team media release, the 19-year-old Owen will compete for Juncos Racing for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
“I couldn’t be happier right now because of this new deal with Juncos Racing,” Owen said. “The opportunity to be with a championship winning team does not happen all the time, so I am beyond excited to see what we can achieve together in the future.
“Everyone involved in Juncos, from the mechanics to the coaches, share the goal of winning and they were very helpful in my test (recent test with the team). I truly believe that I will be able to take my driving and results to the next level because of the team’s resources, experience, and passion. Next season cannot come soon enough!”
Spencer Pigot won the Pro Mazda driver championship this season for Juncos Racing, which also won the team championship.
Owen will become part of the organization’s Driver Development Program, said team owner Ricardo Juncos.
“We took notice of Will (Owen) when he won the Indianapolis Grand Prix in May,” Juncos said. “His steady but solid performances in the USF2000 series proved that he possessed both the maturity and pace to make the move to Pro Mazda.
“Will integrated with the team incredibly well in his two-day evaluation test, and we are looking forward to seeing him succeed in this upcoming season.”
Owen joins Jose Gutierrez, who returns for his second season with Team Juncos, having finished seventh in the 2014 Pro Mazda series.
Owen began racing in 2010, competing in 22 kart races over three seasons, earning eight wins and numerous podium finishes.
He moved to Formula Mazda in 2013 and earned three wins and eight podium finishes with Texas Autosports.
He spent the 2014 season in the Mazda Road to Indy program in the USF2000 Championship for Pabst Racing. In addition to his win at IMS, he had four top-10 finishes in 14 starts.
Owen’s first race with his new team will be the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship at NOLA Motorsports Park, Feb. 19-20, in suburban New Orleans.
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