James Roe
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ABOUT JAMES ROE

FAST.IRISH.ON THE ROAD TO INDY.

Raised in a hard-working automotive family in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland, James Roe chose racing when he was fifteen years old. A relative late-comer to the sport, James  quickly learned to become a driver on and off the track – raising the funds to purchase the first racecar he piloted.

Soon he was topping podiums and breaking course records in the UK and Ireland, but dreaming of something bigger. Though admitted to study mechanical engineering at the Dublin Institute of Technology, James, with the blessing of his family, deferred his admission to chase his dream of racing.

As James made arrangements in Ireland, the dream began to manifest with a call to cross the Atlantic and continue his racing journey in America.  With two bags, minimal funding, and unwavering ambition, eighteen-year-old James landed in America alone in 2018, delivering wins and lap records in a debut season capped off by rookie driver of the year accolades.

In the States, James has grabbed the wheel of his dream  – rising through the American motorsports ladder and notching wins at storied circuits like VIR, Road America, and Watkins Glen.  In 2023, James will compete in the Indy NXT™ by Firestone Series, the final step on the road to IndyCar – one step closer to the realization of his dream.

2015/2016

Ginetta Jr Ireland Vice Champion (wins, podiums, lap records)
First Irish driver to compete in FIA F4
Podium Finish in F4 Debut
Youngest driver to race an open-wheel car in Ireland’s history

2017

Sets two lap records in British Formula Ford
Multiple wins, podiums, and fastest laps in British Formula Ford
Northern Ireland Formula Ford Vice Champion

2018

Pro F2000 Series Vice Champion
Pro F2000 Rookie Champion
Mazda Road to Indy Shootout Participant

2019

US Formula 3 Scholarship Award Winner
1 win, 8 top 5 or better finishes
Fifth Position in Championship
US Formula 3, Team Championship Winner

2020

Motorsport/Sport Ireland International Driver
Formula Regional USA Team Championship (4 Top 5’s, 15 top 10’s)

2021

Indy Pro 2000 Pole Award
Indy Pro 2000 Race Winner
Indy Pro 2000 Most Overtakes in a season

2022

Win and podium in Italian GT Championship with Imperiale Racing – Lamborghini GT3
Multiple races in Indy Lights

2023

7th in Indy NXT by Firestone Championship for Andretti Autosport
1 Podium, 4 Top 5’s, 10 Top 10’s

About James
"It’s great to have our full lineup set and we’re excited to welcome James and Topcon to the Andretti family to round out our 2023 INDY NXT team. He has strong INDY NXT experience to build on and we are looking forward to seeing what he’ll be able to do in his sophomore season."

Michael Andretti, CEO and Chairman, Andretti Autosport
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