Frenchman Nico Jamin aims for 2015 USF2000 title with Cape Motorsports

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Frenchman Nico Jamin got a late start in his racing career, not beginning until he was 14 years old.

But that hasn’t stopped Jamin from quickly climbing up through the racing ranks.

The now 19-year-old Jamin will take the next – and arguably biggest – step of his career, being named to race in the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, it was announced Saturday.

Jamin began racing karts in his native France and quickly rose through the French F4 and Formula Renault 2.0/NEC championships.

He finished ninth in the 2014 USF2000 championship, including a personal-best third-place finish in his first race in the series.

Now he moves to Cape Motorsports, which has won the last four USF2000 championships.

“Nico is a great addition to the team,” team owners Dominic and Nicholas Cape said in a media release. “He had a great rookie season, and we know he can win races in 2015. We are excited to have him on the team.”

The team is expected to announce a second driver in the coming weeks. Jamin is ready to get going.

“Cape Motorsports has proven these past four years that they are clearly the kings of USF2000,” Jamin said. “My goal for next year is clearly to claim the Championship. I’m coming for it, and I’ll do all my best to get it.

“Last year I learned every track, the car, the rolling start and oval racing – things that were new for me. I worked a lot this winter to be ready to compete for the championship.”

The USF2000 season starts March 28th at St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).