Cooper Tires USF2000 - Garth Rickards

James Dayson Arms Up Motorsports
Tim Hollowell GBI Racing
Garth Rickards
Garth Rickards
Driver Info
Garth Rickards
Biography of Garth Rickards

Garth is a graduate from the Skip Barber Racing School, where he completed his three day school in 2012 and competed successfully in their 2013 championship.  With no karting experience beforehand, Garth has worked extremely hard to get up-to-speed, and for 2014, he is looking to be a force with Team Pelfrey in the F1600 Championship Series.  His goal? To win the Indianapolis 500.

2014: Signed with Team Pelfrey for the 2014 F1600 Championship Series. Will make debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 series with JDC Motorsports during the doubleheader races in Toronto

2013: Rookie season in the Skip Barber F2000 series with a highest finish of second. Finished 7th in the championship with five podiums.

2012: Started competing in local auto cross events in the summer of 2012. Went to his Skip Barber three-day racing school and was a candidate for a spot in the 33 drivers to be selected for the Indy Car Academy. In December 2012, he took his two-day advanced racing school through Skip Barber. Garth then competed in his first race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the 2012-2013 Skip Barber Winter Series, qualifying 4th in his first race.

Pre-2012: Garth never raced karts as a kid but he grew up around racing his entire life. He would go to the local sprint car races with his father to watch his father’s friend race. He would also go to numerous IndyCar races to watch Bobby Rahal who was his father’s business partner and friend. He always loved racing and would drive anything he could get his hands on. When he was ten his father got him his first dirt go kart that he would race around in the field next to their house on a track his dad made. Through middle school and high school garth moved up the ranks of the ice hockey world and competed at the U16 AAA national level for two years.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
JDC Motorsports

Involved in formula car racing since its inception in 1994, JDC MotorSports has established itself as one of the leading junior open-wheel teams in North America. Initially making its mark in the F2000 class of club racing competition, JDC MotorSports was soon a team worth watching in the pro ranks. Competing in the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship, the team not only won races, but also helped develop multiple young drivers.

In 2005, JDC MotorSports expanded its efforts, entering the Star Mazda Championship. Quickly becoming one of the top teams in the series, JDC captured both the driver and team titles in 2007, as well as Rookie of the Year honors, with Dane Cameron scoring a series-high three wins. In 2008, JDC MotorSports was the runner-up in the Star Mazda Championship and finished fourth in its inaugural season of F2000 Championship Series competition.

The Minnesota-based team won the Star Mazda Championship title with Rookie of the Year Adam Christodoulou, and the F2000 Championship Series title with Chris Miller in 2009. This past year, JDC continued its winning ways, earning the Rookie of the Year award in the Star Mazda Championship with Connor De Phillippi, and scoring a non-points win in the USF2000 National Championship. The Minneapolis-based squad will compete in the Star Mazda Championship, USF2000 National Championship and Prototype Lites Championship in 2011 via multi-car operations.