Jason Pribyl Autosports is excited to announce that in 2024, Jason will build on last year’s F1600 and SRF3 success by racing Formula Fords with PWR1 (Phill Wills Racing) and the support of Ray Race Cars inUnited Formula Ford series.
United Formula Ford is a race series based in the United Kingdom, founded by MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) andJames Beckett Motorsport. This year’s series will consist of eight events, each with two races. “I’ve heard about Jason from teams that worked with him in the States. He’s a great driver on and off the track and I’m happy to have him on board for the 2024 season”, said Wills. Jason will be driving the factory backed Ray F1600. Owner of Ray Race Cars Gavin Ray said, “When Phill told me Jason was coming to race for him I knew Jason would need a car that was on par with his abilities”. Additionally, he is tentatively planning on running the prestigious Formula Ford Festival andWalter Hays Trophy races to cap the season.
Additional races as available including F1600 and sports car endurance
“This is a big step but I’m ready for it. To be surrounded by people with who had a hand in the careers of some of the greatest drivers is really exciting.” – Jason Pribyl
Jason’s F1600 2nd place finish at Road America 2023
Jason Pribyl, 18 years old, is an accomplished driver from Glenview, Illinois, USA. In 2023 he finished 2nd in the SCCA Northern Conference Majors in Spec Racer Ford 3 and was one of 4 American drivers nominated for the Team USA Scholarship.
PWR1, lead by Phil Wills, has been supporting F1600 for several decades. Phil has supported drivers early in their career including F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen.
RAY HERITAGE – 50 years in the making…
Ray have been manufacturing race cars since 1971. Founder Bert Ray, brother Frank Ray and Bert’s son Gavin Ray have been producing cars for over 50 years. Ray is the oldest manufacturer of Formula Fords that is still competing and winning. Gavin and his team build both the F1600 and the Race School Cars including the Lucas Oil School of Racing car.
Founded in 2006, MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) is one of the UK’s leading race event organizers. MSVR operates major promoted meetings and international events in addition to a busy season of club car racing each season. MSVR runs events across the UK’s leading race venues, including all six of those under the stewardship of parent organization MSV. An extensive portfolio of championships and series sit under the MSVR banner, with many of them running solely on weekends run by the event organizer.
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The Owner’s Pride Podcast with Jason Pribyl Autosports is out on YouTube and your favorite podcast sites. Jason talks with Dann Willams about how he got started racing, some of his career highs and lows, driver fitness and even talks about his time as a auto detailer.
October 9th 2023, Glenview, IL, Jason Pribyl of Jason Pribyl Autosports will be joining Pabst Racing for the 2023 USF Pro Championship Chris Griffis Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 21st and 22nd. The Chris Griffis test, a two-day test for USF Championships the Indy Car Feeder series. The test weekend is an opportunity for rising driver to demonstrate their driving skills and begin working with teams and sponsors to prepare for the up coming season. Jason will be testing in the Pabst Racing USF 2000. Last year he preformed very well finishing 10 every sessions and with the support of Augie Pabst and his team expects to do even better.
Pabst Racings Simon Sikes 2023 USF 2000 Champion
About Jason Pribyl: Jason, started racing karts at 6 and began road racing karts on car tracks at 7. At age 14, Jason earned his SCCA full competition license and landed on the podium in his first race in an F1600. In his first full season of racing cars he won the SCCA Majors Northern Conference Formula Enterprise 2 Championship and finished 10th in the 2021 SCCA Runoffs. Jason was prepared to run USF Juniors in 2022 but move to the Mazda Spec-MX5 Challenge. Most recently, he finished second in the 2023 Spec Racer Ford 3 SCCA Majors Northern Conference. He was also nominated for the USA Team Scholarship to travel to England to race F1600 cars. The 2024 schedule is expected to include USF 2000 Series. Jason is determined continue to move his racing career forward and continue to win championships.
About Pabst Racing: Since the inception of Pabst Racing Team, top level preparation has always been our focus. This focus has continued to the next generation. Countless racecars have been prepared and maintained under management of Augie Pabst III who took over the team in 1991. Over the last 10 years, Pabst Racing has proven to be a team to beat. As a whole, the team has won the Cooper Tire USF2000 team championship four times and earned more than 60 wins, 150+ podiums and 50+ pole awards in the USF Pro Championships ladder system (formerly Road To Indy). With a team environment unlike any other in the paddock, the crew brings decades of experience that spans (Formula Atlantic, Formula 1 , Indy Lights, INDYCAR, IMSA Sports Cars) . At Pabst Racing, car preparation is next-level and the on-track results speak for themselves.
The USF Pro Championships(formerly the Road To Indy) provide its competitors an opportunity to gain valuable experience on and off the track while following a clear-cut path of progression through three development series: USF Juniors, USF2000 and USF Pro 2000. Since its launch in 2010, the ladder system has attracted competitors from around the globe with drivers representing 37 countries and six continents as part of its grids, showcasing their talents at premier venues on a mix of road courses, temporary street circuits and ovals.
The 2023 SRF season, the the Elite Autosports #59, was intended to give Jason some practice driving in traffic and see where is stacks up against drivers with more experience. He started the season with an H-pattern car gave him an additional hurdle to overcome. For last race of the season, Grattan, the car finally got a sequential transmission and there would be some tough competition to test Jason and the car. He’s now going to have to adjust again and quickly as everyone has had more time with this transmission.
He hasn’t been to Grattan since 2020 and that was a test day in a kart. It’s notorious for being hard on the cars, especially the hill/jump into the esses followed by the toilet bowl. Friday’s testing went very well and Jason was looking very fast in effectively different car a more or less familiar track. When Saturdays qualifying arrived, Jason’s car had a dead battery at the grid and would not start. After a couple attempts to jump the car, he and the car and had to be push up the hill to the garage for a jump. He was able get out with 10 minutes left. Despite the chaos of getting the car started he kept his cool and was able to qualify very well and will start the days race in second.
Saturdays race was exciting. The P3 driver was got a great start and pushed P1 ahead of Jason. This forced Jason and P3 to fight for 2nd through the opening corners. For a few laps Jason was stuck in third, until a small mistake allowed Jason pass for 2nd and speed away after the leader. As the laps wound down Jason caught up and started battling for the lead and even take it briefly. A couple of small mistakes in the last two laps drifted Jason back just enough to relegate him to 2nd place. Post race the winner hand to make sure that Jason had the new transmission, there was a little surprise at Jason’s new found speed.
The last Spec Race Ford race for Jason’s 2023 season started off with Jason attacking from the start immediately battling for the lead. Unlike Saturdays race, he had to attack the driver in front of him defend pass attempts from behind. The three drivers ticked off laps with Jason occasionally leading. While doing all of this Jason also had to contend with the gradual failure of his front breaks, every corner he had to make adjustments to keep it in balance. In the final lap he was in second and had an opportunity to make a run for the lead in the closing corners when his front breaks failed completely and he spun off the track. Once again, kept cool and recovered quickly and was able to drive his car over the finish line for 8th place. Unfortunately, his 8th place finish was also just enough to prevent him from winning the SCCA Majors Norther Conference Championship by a mere two points. Congratulation to Sandy on his well earned Championship, Jason in 2nd, and Jace in 3rd.
Thank you to Beau, the team at Elite Autosports, and the SCCA Spec Racer Ford 3 class for a great season of racing.
Next up will be F1600 Finale, plus some news for the 2024 season.
The 2023 season was intended to be a safe season after last years challenges. We picked Beau and Elite Autosports to rent a Spec Racer Ford, becuase their impeccable reputation as a support team. We also wanted to make sure that Jason had a large and competitive field to hone his skills in traffic. The SCCA SRF3 met those requirements nicely. The only down side was that he would be starting the season with an h-pattern car and it would be difficult to compete with the top drivers. Jason would get the sequential transmission sometime later in the season. As it turned out, having the h-pattern for most of the season helped Jason learn to drive harder and take his race craft to the next level.
After the excitement of the June Sprints the next race up, July 13-16, was Gingerman Raceway in Belding MI. This of course wasn’t the first time racing at this track. He’s raced karts and FE2 race. Fridays test day ended with his transmission giving up, but it was replaced over night and good to go for qualifying. Jason’s Saturday was something to watch, he was pushed off early in the first lap moving to last, but the drove through the field to third. Sunday was less exiting where the top three cars pulled away and he finished an uncontested third.
July 21-23 brought Jason back to Road America and the Rodeo Cat Majors and our second home. Once again Grandma brought all the luck he needed. The transmission that was put in at Gingerman also failed during Friday’s testing. Yet another standard transmission was installed by the team, Thanks Guys. After qualify second, Jason spent the Saturdays race battling in the top four until taking the lead in turn 6 just as the rain started causing the 3 cars behind him to run off track while Jason pulled away. At turn 8 cars rear trailing arm broke and the car started to handle extremely poorly. Knowing the cars behind could catch him, he pushed hard barely able to control the car though turn 9. At turn 10 the rain and lighting caused a full course caution, Jason still had to keep a good pace as the field collected behind him and followed him across the finish line. Sunday’s race was more of the battling this time the dry with Jason coming out on top again and winning the second race of the weekend.
Up next is the last SRF3 race of the season and there’s still F1600 racing to report on.
June Sprints is probably one of the hardest SCCA weekends to race. It starts on Tuesday afternoon with teams with teams unloading their cars and setting up their pit site for the weekends. Wednesday and Thursdays are days of testing and practice, which is especially important since Road America has been repaved over winter and everyone needs to learn it again. Friday are two qualifying sessions to set the grid for Saturday and Sundays races. Add the heat of 90 degree days its a long hard weekend.
Our expectations for the weekend were muted but still pretty high. The h-pattern transmission was going to be a limited factor on the long straights of Road America. However, he’s still a very fast and smart driver and were still hoping to be in the top 20 if not higher.
Jason had to work hard to find some speed in the car on the test days, but it really didn’t coming together. Friday’s qualifying was also challenging since he was one of the few h-pattern cars as was going to struggle to draft. In qualifying session one he landed in 23rd and in session two 26th, but in the end he would start Saturday’s race in 30th. That was very quite discouraging and a change plan was in order.
Jason started Sunday’s race in 19th because many drivers decided they didn’t want to race in the rain. Jason on the other hand was ready to go and had a plan. He could get his car up to speed faster and was able to make key passes in the first few laps. Live SCCA Sunday SRF3
Bonus, Jason was invited to join the announcers to add color and commentary for the Race Group 7: P1, P2, and FE2.
Formula Race Promotions (FRP) is the East Coast’s premiere hosting body for formula car racing. From the highly competitive F1600 series to our our core F2000 series, Atlantic and informal Right Coast Formula Ford Series, FRP offers a wide array of championships for teams and drivers alike to partake in. Formed in 2006, we are sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and hold events at some of the east coast’s most exciting and prestigious circuits. Discover our series in detail below.
Jason Pribyl Autosports is excited to announce that Jason will be joining Rice Race Prep(RRP) for the Formula Race Promotions(FRP) event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The event will take place the weekend of July 7-9 and will consist of 3 separate races and will be broadcast on speedtourTV.com
“We have watched Jason mature and develop as he raced other cars over the last few years” reports team owner Greg Rice. “When we had a seat open up, we reached out and put together a deal for Road America.”
Jason Pribyl says, “Greg Rice’s has always had the most comparative F1600 program. I’m thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to race with his team again.”
Jason raced with RRP in 2020 in his very first car race. Since then he has been racing a verity of cars. In 2021 he won the SCCA Norther Conference Majors in Formula Enterprise 2. In 2022 tested in USF Jr and USF 2000 and raced Spec-MX5 sports cars. In 2023 he has been racing Spec Racer Ford and has just returned from Road America where he finished 8th in the SCCA June Sprints.
Jason and #13 Rice Race F1600 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in 2020
RICE RACE is a race shop offering premium preparation service to formula car racers in the North East USA and Canada. For more than 30 years RRP has been preparing and racing winning vehicles in Formula 1600 and Formula 2000. From preparation to vehicle maintenance and track support, RRP does our very best to provide quality and winning support.
Formula Race Promotions (FRP) is the East Coast’s premiere hosting body for formula car racing. From the highly competitive F1600 series to our our core F2000 series, Atlantic and informal Right Coast Formula Ford Series, FRP offers a wide array of championships for teams and drivers alike to partake in. Formed in 2006, we are sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and hold events at some of the east coast’s most exciting and prestigious circuits. Discover our series in detail below. We hope to see you on the grid or in the paddock at our next event!