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Kaylen Frederick Impressive in USF2000 Rookie Campaign, So Far

Being 14-years-old, a lot of eyes are on Kaylen Frederick to see how he will perform surrounded by competitors older than him.

“I mean, when I’m outside of the car, and I think about it, then I feel a little bit of that,” he told Popular Speed. “But when I’m in the car, I don’t think about it.”

So far this season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, he is putting on a show for them with five top-five’s in six races to start the year.

“My season so far has been pretty good – definitely above my expectations,” he said. “To come in here as a rookie, it feels great to finish as well; we’re fighting for the championship and wins so I couldn’t ask for a better start.”

Looking at the three weekends to date, he says the biggest thing he’s learned is being consistent during the early part of the race and avoiding mistakes so therefore not enable those behind you to make a move.

The next focus seems to be earning his first career victory, which he feels they have the speed to do so.

“I need to get a bit better in qualifying; I keep messing those up a little bit,” he said. “But I think once we get to Road America, I think we should be strong enough to get a win.”

Going to Road America this weekend, confidence radiates off the Team Pelfrey driver due to having previous experience there.

For Frederick, his introduction in motorsports came virtue of dirt biking, though was eventually introduced to go-karts, which he “fell in love” with immediately. Making his way up the ladder, he competed last year in F1600, scoring a victory and finishing seventh in points despite missing the opening six races due to age restrictions.

Frederick got to practice at Road America on Thursday afternoon, posting the eighth quickest time on the speed chart.

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.