Nico Jamin Wins 2015 USF2000 Championship in “Jamin Style”
 September 20, 2015| 
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Following an impressive weekend at Mid-Ohio, where he swept both the pole and the win in all three USF2000 races, Nico Jamin traveled to Monterey, Calif., to race in the two,final rounds of the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda,with one goal in mind: win the 2015 driver championship. 

Before the final race weekend at Mazda Raceway, Jamin had secured podium finishes in all but one of the 14 races already run in 2015. With his pole at Laguna Seca, Jamin broke Sage Karam’s record of 11 poles, set in 2010. Jamin scored not one -- but two -- pole positions at Mazda Raceway, making him the only driver in USF2000 history to have scored 13 pole positions.

In the two starts of the California race weekend, Jamin broke the record of 13 podiums, set in 2006 by JR Hildebrand.  Jamin won both races at Laguna and scored a total of 15 podium finishes in 2015, including a total of ten wins and ultimately the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title.

Driving the No. 2 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing/Synova Eco Plastics/BRM Chronographes/All Road Academy/ Tuesdays/B+ Foundation USF2000 Mazda, Jamin started on pole in Saturday’s USF2000 Race 1. He duly checked out at the start, completing the first lap of the 2.238-mile road course a full 1.7 seconds clear of Cape Motorsports teammate Aaron Telitz. By the two-thirds mark, Jamin held an 8-second lead over second-place Anthony Martin and a further second over third-place Jake Eidson. At the finish, the Frenchman crossed the line in first, earning his fifth win in a row and the USF2000 crown.

With his brilliant victory in Race 1 of 2 at Mazda Raceway, Jamin not only secured his ninth of the season, he also clinched the driver championship for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. This performance marked Jamin’s second championship of the year. The 19-year old from Rouen, France, secured the 2015 Cooper Tires Winterfest earlier in February and is now the only driver to have won both titles in the same year.

“It’s been an incredible year. I knew coming to Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing would be a huge help for me, as I tried to fight for the championship,” Jamin said, after clinching the championship.

“I knew we would have some very strong championship contenders, like my teammate Aaron Telitz and Jake Eidson. I won the Cooper Tires Winterfest, but only on the last race. It was very hard, and I knew it would be the same thing in the championship. But the team gave me an incredible car. They are the best guys; they made my job so much easier. To get the pole and the win this weekend will get me more money, which is good, because I am supporting the B+ (Be Positive) Foundation for Childhood Cancer, and all the money I get from the two races will go to the foundation.”

After winning the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda on Saturday, Jamin kept up his winning ways for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing with a dominant performance in Sunday’s second race. It was his tenth win of the season and sixth in a row. It was also the sixth race in a row in which Jamin scored a maximum 33 points, earning bonuses for pole position, most laps led and the fastest race lap in each race.

“I was in a very comfortable situation in this race,” Jamin said, after winning Race 2. “The championship was done, so I had no pressure but I still wanted to win the last race of the year. I went for it. I had some help from Jake at the start, so I was able to keep the lead out of the first corner. I had to keep doing good laps and not lose my focus. It was a great day yesterday for me, my family and my team.”

Following the end of Race 2, Jamin acknowledged and thanked Mazda, Cooper Tires and Andersen Promotions for putting up such a great championship and his active sponsors, Synova Eco Plastics and BRM Chronographes. Jamin also thanked his entourage and members of his team of professionals that helped him achieve this record-breaking, winning season.

Among them are his parents, Frederic and Corrine, for their unconditional support; his family; his former F1 driver coach, Eric van de Poele, who did a good job allowing Jamin to keep his focus on the ultimate goal earlier in the season; new, experienced coach and friend, Julien Vidot; Ugo Meloni, who kept the young driver on track with his program; manager Emmanuel Lupe, who assisted Jamin all season with business decisions, communications and marketing; Alain Nadal; All Road Academy; and of course, the entire Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing team, led by the two Cape brothers, Dominic and Nicholas, for providing the best car and crew to win the two 2015 driver championships (Winterfest and regular season).

On Monday night, Jamin officially received his championship trophy and also earned a Mazda Scholarship check for $381,100, which will allow him to graduate one step up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder in 2016.

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).
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