Jamin drives to dominant title in USF2000

Jamin (far right) with the Cape family/team. Photos @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

For the first six of 16 races, the scoreboard on wins in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda championship looked pretty balanced: Nico Jamin two, Jake Eidson two, Aaron Telitz one, Victor Franzoni one.

Then the final 10 races happened, where Jamin won eight of them, including the last six in a row.

Only Eidson broke up the Jamin train as it powered throughout the countryside en route to this year’s USF2000 title.

Jamin is the latest in the line of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing champions in USF2000 – the team’s fifth consecutive after Florian Latorre, Scott Hargrove, Matthew Brabham and Petri Suvanto dating to 2011.

Arguably Jamin enjoyed the most dominant season out of that quintet. After winning the Cooper Tires Winterfest, Jamin followed it up with these accolades in the 16-race regular season:

Nico Jamin‘s 2015 record-breaking USF2000 year:
  • Wins in 2015: 10 wins out of 16.
  • Six consecutive victories.
  • Most poles in USF2000 history: 13 (USF2000 series record).
  • Most poles in a season: 13 out of 16 (USF2000 series record).
  • Most consecutive poles: 12 (USF2000 series record).
  • Most podiums in a season: 15 (USF2000 series record).
  • First driver to sweep all three legs of a triple-header (Mid-Ohio) since the formation of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder program in 2010.
  • First driver to win back-to-back races and kiss the bricks the same weekend at Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
  • First driver to win the Winterfest championship and the season championship in the same year.
  • 2015 Cooper Tires Winterfest Champion (1 win, 4 podiums and 2 poles).

Yet when he stood on the verge of clinching the title after his latest pole-to-win, flag-to-flag romp at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Jamin didn’t let the pressure get to him in the first of two races of the weekend.

“To be honest with you, it’s been the longest race of my life,” Jamin told reporters after Saturday’s race there. “The first or second lap I got a big gap, so it was, don’t do any mistakes. I was so close. Don’t take any risk, don’t take any big curbs. But it was a really long race.”

In reflecting on the year on a whole, it was the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend – Jamin’s first of three weekend sweeps this year (Mid-Ohio, Mazda Raceway) – that turned the tide from being a mere part of the “Nico, Jake and Aaron” show to the leading character.

Mid-Ohio, with a three-race weekend sweep, removed any remaining doubt this was Jamin’s title to secure.

“Obviously the Grand Prix of Indy was a great weekend for us,” Jamin told MotorSportsTalk at Mazda Raceway. “We swept the weekend. At Lucas Oil, Jake came back strong, and then Jake won the first race in Toronto.

“But for us, Mid-Ohio was the real turn of the season. Winning all three races, getting the (points) gap was the biggest turn of the year.”

Jamin’s second year in USF2000 was made easier than his first by virtue of being with the Capes all season. He’d split the 2014 campaign between Belardi Auto Racing and Pabst Racing, both of which are respectable outfits but had not achieved the accolades that Dominic and Nicholas Cape’s team has.

“Having a single home this year was great. This team is like a family, all working together,” Jamin said. “We’re all having a lot of fun outside the track. It’s been an incredible year with these guys. I cannot thank them enough.”

Asked to pinpoint the one thing he improved most upon this year, it was qualifying.

“The main points, most important points, was qualifying sessions,” Jamin explained. “Last year I wasn’t able to qualify at the front. So in midpack, the midfield, there’s more chances to get crashed in the pack at the start. Starting every race front row every single race has made it easier this year.”

Jamin earned a scholarship just over $381,000 from Mazda to advance into the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires next year, and it will be interesting to see where he goes next.

IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix: How to watch, start times, TV, schedules, streaming


The NTT IndyCar Series will return to the Motor City for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix but with start times in a new location for 2023.

After a 30-year run on Belle Isle, the Detroit GP has moved a few miles south to the streets of downtown on a new nine-turn, 1.645-mile circuit that runs along the Detroit River.

It’s the first time single-seater open-cockpit cars have raced on the streets of Detroit since a CART event on a 2.5-mile downtown layout from 1989-91. Formula One also raced in Detroit from 1982-88.

The reimagined Detroit Grand Prix also will play host to nightly concerts and bring in venders from across the region. Roger Penske predicts the new downtown locale will be bigger for Detroit than when the city played host to the 2006 Super Bowl.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend (all times are ET):


TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kevin Lee are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2023.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying.

POSTRACE SHOW ON PEACOCK: After the race’s conclusion, an exclusive postrace show will air on Peacock with driver interviews, postrace analysis and the podium presentation. To watch the extended postrace show, click over to the special stream on Peacock after Sunday’s race ends.


GREEN FLAG: 3:30 p.m. ET

PRACTICE: Friday, 3 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 9:05 a.m. (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 10 a.m. (Peacock Premium)

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l WarmupCombined

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 1:20 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

STARTING LINEUP: Alex Palou captured the first street course pole of his IndyCar career; click here for where everyone will begin Sunday’s race

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 100 laps (170 miles) on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile temporary street course in downtown Detroit.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Rookie drivers are allowed one extra primary set for the first practice.

PUSH TO PASS: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation (Indy NXT: 150 seconds total, 15 seconds per). The push-to-pass is not available on the initial start or any restart unless it occurs in the final two laps or three minutes of a timed race. The feature increases the power of the engine by approximately 60 horsepower.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 80 degrees with a 0% chance of rain.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 27 drivers racing Sunday at Detroit

INDY NXT RACES: Saturday, 12:05 p.m. 45 laps/55 minutes (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 12:50 p.m. 45 laps/55 minutes (Peacock Premium)

INDY NXT ENTRY LISTClick here to view the 19 drivers racing at Detroit


(All times are Eastern)

Friday, June 2

8:30-9:30 a.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

9 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

9:50-10:20 a.m.: Trans Am Series practice

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

1-1:30 p.m.: Trans Am Series practice

1:50-2:40 p.m.: Indy NXT practice

3-4:30 p.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock

4:50-5:05 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying

5:30-6 p.m.: IndyNXT qualifying (Race 1 and 2)

6-7:15 p.m.: A-Track concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Big Boi concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

Saturday, June 3

6 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

8:15-8:45 a.m.: Trans Am Series qualifying

9:05-10:05 a.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock

10:35-11:35 a.m.: Trans Am Series, 3-Dimensional Services Group Muscle Car Challenge

12:05-1:00 p.m.: Indy NXT, Race 1 (45 laps or 55 minutes), Peacock

1:15-2:45 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying, Peacock

4:10-5:50 p.m.: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Classic (100 minutes), Peacock

5:30-7 p.m.: Z-Trip concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

7-8:30 p.m.: Steve Aoki concert (Hart Plaza Stage)

Sunday, June 4

7 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

10:00-10:30 a.m.: IndyCar warmup, Peacock

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Trans Am Series, 3-Dimensional Services Group Motor City Showdown

12:50-1:45 p.m.: Indy NXT, Race 2 (45 laps or 55 minutes), Peacock

2:47 p.m.: IndyCar driver introductions

3:23 p.m.: Command to start engines

3:30 p.m.: Green flag for the Chevrolet Detroit Prix, presented by Lear (100 laps/170 miles), NBC


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ROUND 4: Scott McLaughlin outduels Romain Grosjean at Barber

ROUND 5: Alex Palou dominant in GMR Grand Prix

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