Pro Mazda - Parker Nicklin

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Parker Nicklin
Parker Nicklin
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Parker Nicklin
Biography of Parker Nicklin

Parker found his passion for racing at the ripe age of 3-years-old when his dad, Steve Nicklin, took him to the Long Beach Grand Prix. Parker loved the roar of the motors, the speed of the cars, the excitement of the paddock, the drivers and crews. Steve saw the zeal in Parker’s eyes at the Grand Prix, so he took Parker to a nearby toy store to buy him his first Razor electric go-kart. That very day Parker decided that he was going to be a race car driver.

At about 8-years-old, Parker began gas karting. At 14-years-old, Parker graduated to racing cars, including his own Spec Miata racecar. Parker gained experience by tirelessly training at Spring Mountain Motorsports Resort and Country Club, Danny McKeever’s Fast Lane Racing School at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, and Thunder Hill Raceway, where he focused on the 25-hour endurance race and earned his first racing license.

At 15 years old, he moved into formula open-wheel cars with Skip Barber.  Parker won his first race at the Skip Barber Shoot Out and earned his second racing license. A few months later, Parker raced with SCCA in a D-Sport WF-1 Stohr at the Fontana Raceway. Here, he achieved his first podium with a 2nd place finish and his third racing license. Parker then became a member of the Skip Barber’s Summer Formula 2012 Race series, which allowed him to race in 20 races throughout seven states and Canada.

In August 2014, Parker made is INDYCAR Professional debut in the season-ending events at Sonoma Raceway, and will drive the full season in the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship series with JDC MotorSports.

Hobbies: Music, Movies, Traveling, Violin, and Distracted Driving Advocacy

Racing goal: Win the Indianapolis 500

Racing hero: Juan Manuel Fangio

My fitness routine includes: Cardio Upper Body & weight training

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Listen to music

The one talent I wish I had: Play guitar

An interesting note about me: Started "Just Let It Ring", a distracted-driving education program.

2014: Finished second in the West Coast Pro Mazda Formula Car Challenge with two wins and eight additional podium finishes... made his debut in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at Sonoma Raceway, finishing 11th and 13th in the two races for M1 Racing.

2013: Won the FormulaSPEED 2.0 class of the West Coast Region Formula Car Challenge with nine victories.

2012: Competed in the Skip Barber Racing School Summer Series.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2015 Pro Mazda 10 0 0 0 0 0 9
2014 Pro Mazda 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 11
* 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.