Pro Mazda - Clark Toppe

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Clark Toppe
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Biography of Clark Toppe

From his early years, Clark Toppe has always been drawn to racing. His father was a tremendous race fan and then began to race with Skip Barber. At age 7, Clark would be on the radio with him during races. He began racing karts, winning several races, and then moved into Skip Barber. Clark's goal is to progress up the Indy Ladder, eventually racing in that league.

Reaching out to receive sponsorship and achieving such is difficult these days. The driver must have responsibility, creativity, luck, resources, a business-to-business point of view and must be a knowledgeable, fast driver. Drivers do not usually have all of these traits down pat. To be a successful race car driver, Clark has always worked to make his weaknesses strengths and improve upon each of these characteristics.

Hobbies: Track and Field, racing, music, racing history, soccer

Snapshot: I’m an outgoing person who likes to meet new people and hang out with my friends. When I’m not racing I love to compete in Track and Field. I listen to music every day and like several types such as house music, rap, jazz and indie.

Racing goal: To become a professional race car driver, preferably in the IndyCar Series.

Racing hero: Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna and Kimi Raikonnen

My fitness routine includes: Track & field practice twice a day, five days a week. Weight training at home.

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: I always step in from the left side of the car and put my right glove on first.

The one talent I wish I had: I wish I was good at basketball since I’m 6’4”!

An interesting note about me: I like to wear crazy socks for good luck.

2014: Finished fifth in the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship, claiming his first USF2000 career win at NOLA Motorsports Park

2013: Finished 20th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in his rookie season … claimed his best results of 11th in the pair of season-ending races at Houston … also competed in the Pirelli World Challenge in the TC class, finishing on the podium twice in the first weekend.

2012: Finished ninth in the Skip Barber Racing Summer Series ... finished on the podium in five out of the last six Skip Barber Winter Series races.

2011: Gained NASA racing license and competed in some local Spec Miata races ... graduated from a Skip Barber Racing Three-Day School ... attended the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout ... competed in the Rotax Nationals karting event at Miller Motorsports Park (Utah) ... competed in the PanAm karting series ... finished among the top 10 in Rotax Junior national points ... won the South West Regional Cup championship in Rotax Junior ... twice recognized by eKartingNews as one of the top 10 karters in the United States.

2010: Competed in the SKUSA SuperNationals at Las Vegas ... finished sixth in the Rotax Junior PanAm Series ... placed third overall in Rotax Junior South West Regional Cup ... competed in the local Gulf Coast Karting Series, scoring multiple wins in Rotax Mini Max and Rotax Junior classes.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Total
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 9 0 0 4 5 0 9
2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 0 0 0 0 0 8
Total 23 0 0 4 5 0 17
2014 Pro Mazda 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total 2 0 0 0 1 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.