Cooper Tires USF2000 - Michael Epps

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Michael Epps
Michael Epps
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Michael Epps
Biography of Michael Epps

A native of the United Kingdom, Michael Epps has acquired a lengthy karting record. He began karting at the age of 13 and won his first race in December 2005. Epps drove a race car for the first time and won the London Cup all in the same year.

When Epps finds a break between races he enjoys cycling, graphic design, fitness and being a musician.

Hobbies: Musician, mountain biking and cycling, fitness, race car engineering, graphic design

Snapshot: I’m quite chilled, both in and out of the car. I like being active, using gyms, getting out on a bike. I love Italian food, which is unfortunate really since my diet is strict to stay light! I like socializing, but I sometimes stay in using simulator programs like iRacing or rFactor, which keeps me sharp and prepared for each test or race. I have a passion for music. I’ve played many instruments since a young age and performed in shows and concerts. I now produce electronic music and hope to be able to get into the music industry one day too.

Racing goal: To be in IndyCar, the Indy 500, Le Mans or F1 are the biggest of my racing dreams, but for me there is no point in shutting other doors and only having one goal. I just want to win and have as much success as possible in this sport. I aim to make a career out of it.

Racing hero(s): Stirling Moss, Ayrton Senna, Fernando Alonso, James Hunt

My fitness routine includes: Mountain biking, endurance cardio and intensive cardio, specific resistance/weight/core training.

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: I have to get in from the left or right side, otherwise I can’t get in...

The one talent I wish I had: Sometimes I wish I was a good footballer (soccer). I’m really not very good at it.

An interesting note about me: I have been a musician (piano and drums) since a very young age and I produce electronic/modern music.

2014: Finished second in the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship with two wins and a second-place drive at Barber Motorsports Park and an additional podium of third at NOLA Motorsports Park.

2013: Finished 12th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda contesting 13 of 14 rounds … claimed three top-five finishes and six top-10 results … earned the Tilton Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions in a race, from 17th to fifth at Mid-Ohio.

2012: Contested Formula Renault BARC UK Championship ... finished 13th in points, ending the season with five consecutive top-10 finishes and a best of fourth at Silverstone ... finished 10th in the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series despite two DNFs.

2011: Graduated from karts to cars ... finished second in the British Formula Vee Championship ... tested a Formula Renault car prior to the end of the season ... also, for the second successive year, won the London Cup in the Senior Rotax Max karting division at the Rye House circuit in England.

2010: Won the London Cup (Senior Rotax Max karting) at Rye House ... finished second in the Le Mans (France) 24-hour kart race at the Alain Prost Circuit ... finished sixth in the Super One National Karting Championship (Senior Rotax Max) ... scored karting wins at various club racing venues ... tested a race car for the first time.

2009: Finished 13th in the Super One National Karting Championship ... claimed club race wins at various circuits.

2008: Competed in Junior Rotax Max karting ... finished second in the Brazilian Cup ... finished 11th in the Kartmasters ... finished 16th in the Super One National Karting Championship (England) ... finished eighth in the Stars of Tomorrow National Karting Championship ... won the London Cup at Rye House ... won on his debut in Senior Rotax Max at a Rye House club event.

2007: Competed in Junior Rotax Max karting ... won the London Cup at Rye House ... finished third in the Whilton Mill Kart Club Summer Championship ... finished 12th in the Stars of Tomorrow National Karting Championship.

2005-2006: Began karting at age 13 at the Buckmore Park Junior Club in England ... bought his own kart in late 2005 and began winning novice (rookie) events immediately ... claimed his first overall win in December 2005 ... finished fourth in the 2006 Hoddesdon Kart Club Summer Championship in Junior Rotax Max ... finished seventh in the Buckmore Park Club Summer Championship.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 13 0 0 3 6 0 6
Total 13 0 0 3 6 0 6
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Belardi Auto Racing

Belardi Auto Racing is owned by Brian Belardi, a former collegiate football player who has focused his competitive juices into auto racing.  Located  near Indianapolis, the Belardi team campaigns cars in the Indy Lights and USF2000 National Championship in support of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder system.

Belardi is a tough competitor. A former defensive back at the University of Colorado, he had his eyes set on a NFL career before being sidelined with injuries, Belardi understands what it takes to compete at the highest levels of sports.  As a former driver, Belardi also understands the specific needs of racer that is in pursuit of a championship.