Top 5 Performance in USF2000 Debut at Indy Followed by 1st US Win.
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin – May 14, 2018 – James Roe Jr., of Naas, Kildare County, Ireland capped his epic four race weekend with a dominating F2000 win at Watkins Glen driving for ArmsUp Motorsports. The Watkins Glen win marked Roe Jr’s 1st US win since his US debut just three weeks ago.
Top 5 in USF2000 Indianapolis Motor Speedway debut James Roe Jr’s four race weekend began with his USF2000 debut driving for Swan-RJB Motorsports at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In Race 1 Roe Jr. qualified 15th and finished 12th in a solid, smart, incident free drive in his USF2000 debut. The race was slowed by several caution periods. In Race 2, Roe Jr, qualified 10th and worked his way towards the front running as high as 4th and finishing 5th.
“Overall I am really pleased with how the weekend went,” Roe Jr. said. “I knew it was going to be a big challenge just jumping in and racing. The biggest thing to learn was how to get the most out of the tires in qualifying. I figured it out by the second qualifying session. To come away with a Top 5 finish in what is the most competitive series I have ever driven in is great! I again have to thank Fred Edwards, Mirl Swan, Aaron Telitz and all at Swan-RJB for making it happen. I cannot express how impressed I was with the team. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I got.”
F2000 Rounds 3 and 4 at Watkins Glen Results in a Dominating 1st US Win James Roe Jr. arrived at Watkins Glen just as qualifying began. With no practice time Roe Jr. literally went from the plane to his race car with the set-up his ArmsUp Motorsports team provided him. On a wet track Roe Jr. qualified his ArmsUp Motorsports car on the front row in P2. His impressive wet qualifying performance would foreshadow greater things to come later in the weekend. In Race 1, Roe Jr. started on the front row but just didn’t have the power to run with the leaders. Roe Jr. focused on bringing the car home unscathed and finished 8th.
In Race 2, which was held just 3.5 hours after the conclusion of Race 1, Roe Jr. started in 7th position. Still seemingly down on power Roe Jr. had worked his way up to 6th about midway through the race … then it started to rain. In a stunning display of car control, Roe Jr. quickly moved from 6th to 1st in a matter of just a few laps. Once Roe Jr. seized control of the race, lapping 3 to 4 seconds a lap quicker than his closest rivals, he never came under pressure ultimately winning by a margin of more than 24 seconds.
“I arrived to the track with a championship points damage limitation mindset as I had never been there before so I wasn’t expecting anything special in qualifying,” said Roe Jr. “To put it on the front row was extremely satisfying considering we didn’t even have enough time to put a wet setup on the car. Race 1 was dry and it was quite obvious something still isn’t right with our package in dry conditions. None the less I just tried to hang on and get points.”
“Race 2 was crazy. I again fell back at the start. It then began to rain and I just kept pushing till I found the limit and focused on picking the opposition off one by one. To win by 24 seconds was an amazing feeling.”
“Overall the whole weekend went really well. To race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen on the same day was special. I have to thank Gregg Borland from ArmsUp Motorsports for getting me up to Watkins Glen. If not for Gregg it would not have happened. I also want to wish Dave Weitzenhof a speedy recovery after his scary incident at the start of Watkins Glen race two “
James Roe Jr’s next race will be Rounds 5 and 6 of the F2000 Championship at VIR on June 1st – 3rd.
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About Swan-RJB Motorsports
Swan-RJB Motorsports is a partnership between RJB Motorsports and Swan Motorsports that will compete in the Cooper Tire USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2018. Swan-RJB Motorsports is a championship-winning race team based in Brownsburg, Indiana. Located just minutes from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, they are in the heart of the Motor Racing Capital of the World. As a component of the new operation, RJB Motorsports has two season of experience in the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, competing on the biggest stage in North American racing, alongside the Verizon IndyCar Series. Swan Motorsports has won 12 Championships with 10 different drivers, from karting to Pro Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, and SCCA. Swan-RJB Motorsports Team Manager Mirl Swan has won races and championships as a driver in karting and formula cars, and he was also a Crew Chief for the title-winning Dorricott Indy Lights team.
About ArmsUp Motorsports
Based Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, ArmsUp Motorsports was established in 1995 by twenty year lead instructor for Skip Barber Racing School, Gregg Borland. It has since then grown to be a leading team in the world of motorsports. ArmsUp Motorsports is a full service prep facility with a team of highly experienced mechanics, driving coaches, and engineers readily available to assist in the success of each driver. The team specializes in Pro F2000, Formula Continental, Formula Atlantic, and Vintage Car racing.