Cooper Tires USF2000 - Garth Rickards

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Garth Rickards
Garth Rickards
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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
Team Pelfrey

Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear as part of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system proves to be a perfect medium for owner Dale Pelfrey to showcase his latest foray into the world of professional motorsports and the business model is to not cut any corners in doing so.

Pelfrey’s formula for molding a team is no different to that of the company he founded and led for over 30 years, Enginetics Aerospace who specialized in the design and manufacturing of jet engine components for the international market—hire the best, acquire the best, and demand the best in order to achieve the most.   Team Pelfrey is no different and has already proven it thus far with the decisions that Pelfrey has made in setting up his new venture.

Pelfrey’s last stint as a team owner was in the IZOD IndyCar Series from 1998-2000 which had such drivers as Danny Ongais, Memo Gidley, Bryan Tyler, Billy Boat, Robby Unser and John Paul Jr., who led 39 laps of the 1998 Indianapolis 500. Pelfrey also gave current IndyCar Series owner and successful female driver Sarah Fisher her first ride in an IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999.

In addition to his business ventures and IndyCar past, Pelfrey himself has also raced competitively. From flat-track motorcycles in his teens, to karts, Skip Barber, and a P2 car in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, Pelfrey has always had a passion for the competitiveness that motorsports provides. This above all else is what’s pushing Team Pelfrey’s re-entry into professional open-wheel racing, with its sights set firmly on immediately challenging for top honors.