Indianapolis, Ind. – Team Pelfrey is delighted to announce that Kyle Dupell has signed with the team for the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season. Dupell will team up alongside teammates Julian van der Watt and Bruna Tomaselli.
“It is with great pleasure that we can confirm Kyle will be on the team with us this season in USF2000”, Jonny Baker, General Manager of Team Pelfrey commented. “Kyle has shown his exceptional talent in the karting ranks, earning a ticket to the Grand Finals last year and when he tested with us, his outright speed and potential were extremely evident. We are proud and excited to name him as a Team Pelfrey driver.”
The Salem, Oregon-native will make the transition from karting to open-wheel racing with one of the most successful junior open-wheel teams in the Mazda Road to Indy with 10 championships, 96 race wins and 206 podium finishes. Dupell will pilot the No. 81 Opal Creek Capital / Team Pelfrey Mazda.
“I’m excited to be driving with Team Pelfrey on the Mazda Road to Indy because I immediately felt comfortable the second we arrived at MSR Houston,” commented Dupell. “Jonny (Baker) and Jeremy (Grenier) took me under their wing and helped me make great strides during our test. I think we can do great things together with their support in 2018. Thank you to Pro Race Management for making everything possible this year.”
Visit PelfreyPower.com for more information as the team looks to finalize its driver line-ups, and follow @TeamPelfrey on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all of the off-season action. The Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will commence at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 9-11.