After winning the championship this past season with Ed Jones, Carlin Racing has begun to solidify their 2017 driver line-up. The organization announced on Friday that Garth Rickards will be behind the wheel of one of their entries.
“To say I am excited is an understatement and I can’t thank everyone who was involved enough,” Rickards said. “Carlin has proven that they are one of the best junior open wheel teams in the world with their track record. Their focus on driver development will really help me grow and move my way up through the field in my rookie season. Trevor and the whole Carlin squad have been extremely supportive and I’m excited to work with them hopefully for many years. I want to personally thank David Luther and Luther Automotive for believing in me and helping me continue to chase my dream. Together with all my associate sponsors coming on board it has put us in a great position to be a force in 2017.”
The 24-year-old has spent the past two years racing in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda Series, finishing ninth and 10th in the series standings. In 32 starts, he managed to post three top-fives and 20 top-10 finishes, including a podium finish near the end of 2016 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Prior to USf2000, Rickards raced in the F1600 Championship Series, scoring one victory and nine podiums en route to a runner-up in the standings.
Racing director Trevor Carlin said, “We are extremely pleased to have Garth join us here at Carlin for 2017. Garth has shown real potential in his career so far and it’s always nice to see a driver moving further up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder. We know that Garth will be a strong addition to our team and having already worked with him over the course of a test programme we’re looking forward continuing where we left off and building a strong programme together for the season ahead.”
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