iRacer Wyatt Gooden is teaming with Afterburner Autosport in a quest to win the 2013 USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, a quest that begins this week at Sebring International Raceway. Gooden, winner of the 2009 Season 3 iRacing.com VW TDi Cup, will join with Brandon Newey in making their Mazda Road to Indy debuts with the Minnesota-based team in Rounds One and Two of the highly-competitive series on March 14-15.
Gooden, who will pilot the No. 17 Ohio Center for Sport Psychology/Afterburner Autosport entry, enters the season-opening Sebring doubleheader having already captured the 2010 SCCA VW TDI Cup Rookie of the Year award, won all four races he contested in the 2011 F1600 Formula F Championship Series, and finished as the F2000 Championship Series runner-up last season with two wins. Newey, driver of the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian/Millers Oils/Calcium Pro/Afterburner Autosport car, travels to the central Florida twin bill opener with a third place finish in the 2011 Skip Barber National series via three wins, and as the runner-up finish in last year’s F1600 Formula F Championship Series via four wins, already on his resume.
After a solid inaugural USF2000 Championship season last year, that featured four top-10s, Afterburner Autosport is focused on building on its winning junior formula car resume in 2013. With that goal in mind, the two-time SCCA Formula Continental National Champion was busy in the ‘off-season’ signing two rising talents, and showcasing the squad’s expertise in the pre-season Winterfest Series. While the primary focus of the Afterburner Autosport drivers and crew during the opening three races of Winterfest series was car development, the squad further indicated its pace with a top-10 result in all three rounds at Sebring.
“Everyone at Afterburner has collectively been working hard to ensure we are ready to improve upon what we learned in the Winterfest series,” said Gooden. “We’ve got a great platform to start with, and I’m very prepared to do my part.”