OCONOMOWOC, Wis. - The 2014 racing season officially begins for Wisconsin-based Pabst Racing this weekend in the Sunshine State. The Pabst team will arrive in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday to prepare for a three-day event with USF2000 series rookie Will Owen and second-season driver Austin Cindric.
After competing in The 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest presented by Mazda that took place in February, the team is prepared and anxious to see what the new season will bring. During the six-race pre-season Winterfest, the team scored five top-tens with a best finish of sixth at Barber Motorsports Park with Austin Cindric piloting the #77 Nightrain Clothing, Pabst Racing USF2000 car.
Both drivers felt satisfied with the team's first outing at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans and Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. They are now focused ahead on the official season opener.
The 2014 Cooper tires USF2000 Championship Powered By Mazda is a fourteen-race points championship that begins at the historical Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 28-30.
Driver Austin Cindric is looking forward to his return to the street course with confidence in his team and said, "I am really excited to be going back to St. Petersburg to start off the 2014 USF2000 season. St. Pete is one of the most fun tracks we have on our schedule, and it produces great racing. I am keeping an open mind heading into St. Pete. I feel that the #77 Nightrain Clothing, Pabst Racing USF2000 car will be very competitive."
Pabst Racing's rookie driver, Will Owen who will drive the No. 23 American Medical Response, Pabst Racing USF2000 car is equally optimistic about the race weekend.
"St. Pete will be my first street race in open wheel cars. I have driven in a couple of kart races on street courses, but it is still going to be an entirely new experience for me in the USF2000 car. I am expecting a big step up in competition from the Winterfest," Owen said when asked about the upcoming event. "My goal is to apply the things I learned about race craft in the Winterfest to our weekend at St. Petersburg."
The Streets of St. Pete event will begin Friday morning at 8 o'clock with a 30-minute practice session. Friday afternoon, the teams will resume for another thirty-minute practice at 3PM. Qualifications will take place on Saturday morning at 11AM and the first race will start at 4:40PM. The final race of the weekend will be Sunday morning at 8:50AM before the Verizon INDYCAR Series race.
About Pabst Racing:
Pabst Racing has been preparing winning racecars since 1983. The Pabst team was started by Augie Pabst Jr., former sports car racing legend from the 1950s and early 1960s who won many races and championships throughout his career. Current President Augie Pabst III (former driver as well), took over the business in 1991. By 1998 Augie III decided to focus on owning and maintaining a wide variety of winning racecars including SCCA Spec Racer, Shelby Can-Am, 911 Porsche, Ford Mustang GT-1 and primarily Van Diemen Formula 2000 cars. For more information please visit www.PabstRacing.com.