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March 05, 2012 News
USF2000: Afterburner Autosport Signs Choi for Inaugural Championship Campaign
 

Afterburner Autosport has signed Korean sports car standout Heamin Choi as its first USF2000 Championship driver (Photo: F1Pilot.com)
Afterburner Autosport has signed Korean sports car standout Heamin Choi as its first USF2000 Championship driver
(Photo: F1Pilot.com)

Series newcomer Afterburner Autosport is excited to announce its first driver signing for the upcoming Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda season. Korean racer Heamin Choi will make his series debut in 2012, transitioning from a championship-winning effort in the sports car ranks to full-time pro junior formula car competition via a Van Diemen/Mazda prepared by the Minnesota-based squad in the Mazda Road to Indy program.

As part of a planned multi-car effort in the Championship class of the highly-regarded USF2000 Championship, Afterburner Autosport has ventured outside the traditional North American ranks to find the first driver for its successful rookie campaign in 2012. In signing the 28 year-old Choi, the two-time SCCA Formula Continental National Championship winners have added an experienced racer with a proven winning record. The two-time Korean sports car champion will contest the entire 2012 USF2000 Championship schedule, piloting an Afterburner Autosport entry in pursuit of both wins and championship top honors.

"We are pleased to have secured Choi for the 2012 season," stated team principal Tim Walsh. "While he is a newcomer to USF2000 competition, he brings a great deal of experience and success to the team. We are all already looking forward to the season-opener at Sebring."

"I'm very excited to be joining the Mazda Road to Indy program with Afterburner Autosport," stated Choi. "In Korea there is no such program to help champions progress up the motorsports ladder. I think the USF2000 Championship is great opportunity to learn and adapt to American autosports, and I know Afterburner Autosport has the experience, crew, and resources to help me challenge for the championship title."

Choi, who is a native of Seoul, South Korea, first got behind the wheel at the age of 15, racing a kart. After two years of success, including winning the Korean Kart Grand Prix five times, the teenager made his car racing debut in 2001. Showing good skills right from the get go, Choi captured the inaugural Samsung Everland Speedway Scholarship System award and was named the Rookie Champion Awards Winner by the Korea Automobile Racing Association in 2003. Over the course of the next three years, the Korean racer established himself as an internationally recognized sports car driver, securing the BAT GT Championship Formula Korea A (2005) and CJ GT Championship GT1 (2006) titles. In 2007, Choi made his North American racing debut, contesting the Star Mazda Championship season-finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Most recently, Choi has contested several touring car and stock car races in his native Korea.

Afterburner Autosport and Choi officially commence their pursuit of wins in the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda on March 15-16, when Rounds One and Two take place at Sebring International Raceway as part of the 60th Anniversary Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

To keep up to date with the 2012 driver line-ups, be sure to regularly visit the eFormulaCarNews.com Tentative Entry List webpage located HERE
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