The recipe for success in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda championship usually is this:
Be a sophomore driver. Join Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Win the championship.
After Nico Jamin (2015), Florian Latorre (2014) and Scott Hargrove (2013) have used that strategy to perfection the last three years, the next man – or kid – up seeking to extend that pipeline is Red Deer, Alberta’s Parker Thompson, who overachieved as a 17-year-old rookie on the single-car JDC Motorsports team in 2015.
In fact the last driver who wasn’t a sophomore at Cape to win the title was Matthew Brabham in 2012. But he still drove for Cape, and beat a sophomore in Spencer Pigot. Both are now IndyCar-bound for partial programs in 2016, thus proving the value of the Mazda Road to Indy.
Thompson finished fifth in points this season, behind the top four that included three sophomores and a fellow standout rookie in Anthony Martin.
Thompson now becomes an immediate title contender next season, and the question now isn’t if he’ll win his first race, but when he’ll do it.
He’s mature beyond his years, too, as you’ll read in the “My Mazda Road to Indy” series.
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.