Stefan Rzadzinski will return to JDC MotorSports for 2013, but will switch to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda in hopes of securing the series title and its Mazda Road to Indy scholarship.
The 19-year-old native of Edmonton, Alberta, will make the move to USF2000 Championship competition after racing part time for JDC Motorsports in the Star Mazda Championship. Rzadzinski, who has victories in Skip Barber Racing and the Ontario Formula Ford Championship on his resume, will also take part in the series operated six-race Winterfest championship in Florida.
"Obviously, it's great to have Stefan back with us in 2013 and the entire team is excited that he is staying with us for our Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series program," said JDC MotorSports team principal John Church. "The speed and potential that Stefan showed us this past season in Star Mazda makes him a strong candidate to be a front-runner in the USF2000 series. We feel that Stefan has the potential to win the championship".
As part of a multi-car effort by JDC Motorsports, Rzadzinski will team up with the previously confirmed Michael Johnson, whom he raced against in 2011 Skip Barber Racing competition.
"First of all, I am very happy to have the opportunity to stay with the team in 2013," said Rzadzinski, who will race with support from CanTorque, Christenson Development, Goldmark Diesel, Calroc, and other Alberta-based companies that supported him in 2012.
"The most important part of my decision for this season was being able to run a full-season program. We were focused on putting together a full-season program with JDC for Star Mazda (now the Pro Mazda Championship) for 2013, but with the cancellation of the Edmonton Indy, raising extra funds to put together a full ride became a challenge, and a decision needed to be made. We met with our partners a few weeks ago and discussed options on what would be best for my career in the long run. I did not want to run another partial schedule again, and everyone agreed that running a full-season, including the Winterfest, was the best choice.
"Being able to step up and make this decision was only possible because of my great supporters. I have to especially thank CanTorque, Christenson Developments, and Goldmark Diesel who have taken the lead on my program. I'm looking forward to racing in the 2013 US F2000 Championship and fighting for top honors."