After a rocky year in the 2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda, Michael Epps has signed to compete in the 2014 season with Belardi Auto Racing. With a strong showing during the final rounds supporting the IndyCar “GP of Houston” in Texas, almost grabbing a podium and consistently setting top five times, Epps will be coming back as a favorite next year for sure.
“I’m excited to get going now. This has all come about pretty quickly but it became clear that it’s the place to be for me and the deal was done. I can’t wait to get testing to put together a championship-winning package for next season.”
Epps will also compete in the Cooper Tires Winterfest, a 6-round series that precedes the full championship. Taking place in February, it serves as a good warm-up for drivers in the series and will be contested at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA and Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
The entire 14-race, 7-event championship will support the IZOD IndyCar Series next year, giving the drivers and sponsors even more exposure and marketing potential than before.
“Once again, a big thanks to everyone that helped and supported me during the 2013 season. I’m glad to be in a place at Belardi where I already feel comfortable going into next year, I’m also much more confident now I actually know a few of the tracks!”
The next official test for Epps takes place on 9-10 December at Barber Motorsports Park. He ventures into next season with the continued support of P1 Sports Management.