First Race of 2022, First Miata Race

We’re back at the race track and racing at Blackhawk Farms with the SCCA.   Jason has been on track much earlier this year, but has not actually raced yes.  The goal for the weekend wasn’t necessarily to win races, frankly, we didn’t have the car or the driver.  The goal was to get back in a race car and see what he can do and set him up better for the next race.

There was a day of testing and two days of racing.  Testing went very well, and Advanced Autosports provided great support.  Jason quickly adjusted to the car and then asked for some setup changes and improved his time.   Saturday’s race got of to a great start with him qualifying 9th in the rain.  Unfortunately, a few laps in he went off in turn 7 and broke the front passenger lower ball joint ending his race.  Sunday’s race went much better.  He started 17th of 18, because of the previous days DNF, but that means he could spend the race practicing passing and racing build his race craft.  He did just that he finished the race in 9th, completing a successful weekend of racing. 

Next weekend Jason will be racing at the historic Milwaukee Mile again in an Advance Autosports spec miata but this time in the number 39 car and with additional coaching. We are still working the car schedule and are looking forward to the first kart race at Mid-Ohio in mid June. 

 

Racing Sports Cars for Fun

Last weekend, we drove home from Ozarks International Raceway with out having put a car on the track and having to withdraw from the series.  This was very disappointing for Jason and the team.  We had been working on this since early November and it was a very difficult decision to make.   Not all is lost though, at a minimum, Jason now has more experience and trained in another formula car and has 3 new tracks under his belt.  He also gained lots of exposure in the racing community meeting teams, drivers, and race promoters.  All of this will bring new opportunities as we keep working.

We gave ourselves the drive home to put our thoughts together and the next day began resetting the season.  As part of the seasons planning we had looked into a number of different possibilities  One of those possibilities was racing sports cars.  So, this weekend, Jason will be returning to Advanced Autosports #85 Spec Miata and enter the SCCA Mark Amenda Memorial Majors at Blackhawk Farms Raceway.  This the same car he rounded out the 2021 season in running the LOONG Race, also held at Blackhawk.  Jason has raced this track since he was 7 years old in karts and last year won his first SCCA Formula Enterprise 2 race.  While this weekend is mostly focused on resetting and rebuilding, we have some good expectations for his results. 

This is just the beginning of the season, there we are working on other similar opportunities and will have a new complete schedule in the coming weeks.  When Jason was just getting started in karting we had a season where we would see what tracks had races that weekend and went.  That season he had a lot of seat time and became the driver he is now.  This season might be the that kind, and with hard work and focus will take him to the next level in his career

2022 First Race: USF Juniors

The our trailer is packed up,  IGY6 Motorsports is buttoning up the cars and getting them into the transporter.  It’s time for the inaugural USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tire race at Ozark International Raceway in Gravois, MO.   Ozark opened last fall and is purported to be one of the most challenging tracks with fast blind corners and large elevation changes.

This weekend will include the first three of the 16 race season and will be broadcast on usfjuniors.com, RoadToIndy.TV, and the new USF Juniors App(iPhone, Android).  You will also be able to follow live timing during practice as well on the website and the App.

4/22/2022
  9:30 AM  Test Session 1
  12:35 PM Test Session 2
  3:15 PM Test Session 3
4/23/2022
  9:45 AM Practice
  12:35 PM Qualifying
  4:00 PM  Race 1
4/24/2022
  9:30 AM Race 2
  1:15 PM Race 3

The following weekend Jason and the USF Juniors Series will be heading back to Barber Motorsports Park to join all the Road To Indy series and Indy Car for a weekend full Indy car racing. 

Race Ready, RTI USF Juniors: Ozark International Raceway

The racing season is almost here.  There are just a handful of days left until Jason takes to Ozark International Raceway for the first race ever of the USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires.  Jason has been preparing on and off the track.  Earlier last month Jason and the USF Juniors spent a couple of days at Barber Motorsports Park to show off their racing skills and participating in some pre-season media.  Jason made some promo videos and additional media training.  Check out Jason’s profile on the series web site.  A few days later Jason was back at Atlanta Motorsports Park to fine tune the IGY6 Motorsports F4 car.  Away from the track he has been training in the gym and staying fit.   We are looking forward to getting this season started with some racing.

Ozark Full Schedule pdf
Live Timing
Central Time Zone
4/22/2022
9:00 AM-9:40 AM  Test Session 1
11:50 AM-12:30 PM  Test Session 2
3:20 PM-4:00 PM  Test Session 3
4/23/2022
9:45 AM-10:15 AM  Practice
12:35 PM-1:05 PM  Qualifying
4:15 PM-4:55 PM  Race 1
4/24/2022
9:30 AM-10:10 AM  Race 2
1:15 PM-1:55 PM  Race 3

Road To Indy Insider: Rob Howden talks with Jason

As Jason and the IGY6 Motorsports team get ready for next weeks USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires test day at Barber Motorsports Park, Jason has a chance to sit down with Rob Howden.   They touch a many things, from Jason’s history of racing enduro karts, moving into racing cars, and what you could potentially eat for the rest or your life. 

https://roadtoindyinsider.podbean.com/e/rti-insider-ep38-jason-pribyl/

Pribyl and IGY6 Motorsports Team Up for USF Juniors Series

Indianapolis, Ind. Jason Pribyl will take his next step on the racing ladder, joining the new USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires series for 2022 with Veteran-owned and operated IGY6 Motorsports out of Indianapolis, Ind. An accomplished karter, Pribyl, 16, is coming off his 2021 SCCA Northern Conference Formula Enterprise 2 Championship and will make his Road to Indy debut when the series kicks off on April 21-24 at Ozarks International Raceway.

USF Juniors Release

A native of Glenview, IL, Pribyl spent the 2021 season racing both cars and karts. In addition to the Formula Enterprise 2 championship, he finished 10th at the SCCA National Runoffs on the Indy road course and campaigned a Spec Miata in two 50-lap endurance races. Jason has raced sprint karts since he was 6, and at 7-years-old was racing on road tracks such as the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Summit Point, National Corvette Museum and Pittsburgh International Race Complex. 

Over the last decade he has won championships with Cup Karts of North America, Championship Enduro Series, Dart Kart Club and American Kart Racing Association. In 2020, he entered 40 kart races in five classes earning the Animal 380 Road Racing Championship, finishing second in Animal 360, third in Animal 370 and second in Open Classes. He capped off that season with one day of testing followed by an F1600 weekend with Formula Race Promotions at Pittsburgh, finishing sixth and second racing against several current USF2000 drivers. 

Pribyl attributes his quick transition to cars to his extensive experience racing karts on the same tracks. 

“It is an exciting new chapter in my career and I look forward to working with USF Juniors and the IGY6 Motorsports program. I’m excited to prove my skills in the next level of racing and I’m confident that this is the place to do it,” said Pribyl.

In preparation for 2022, Pribyl has been racing in the TireRack.com Road to Indy eSeries Presented by Cooper Tires and testing his IGY6 USF Juniors Ligier at Homestead and Atlanta Motorsports Park. 

The inaugural USF Juniors season will see a slate of 16 races over six event weekends, with drivers competing for a scholarship package valued at over $221,000 to help the champion advance to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – the first rung on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder. Sanctioned by USAC, USF Juniors will utilize the popular Ligier JS chassis and HPD powerplant in 2022.

“We are excited to bring Jason aboard for the season,” said Brandon Graham, IGY6 Motorsports Team Manager. “Throughout our testing, we have seen the elite mentality and ability to compete for the top step in the USF Juniors series this year.”

IGY6 Motorsports is partnered with SAVE22.vet to support American veterans through motorsports. SAVE22.vet is a group of like-minded veteran friends working to raise awareness for and the prevention of veteran and active duty suicide.

To learn more about Pribyl, visit jasonpribylautosports.com and follow his progress on Twitter (@JPAutosports), Facebook (@JasonPribylAutoSports), Instagram (@jasonpribylautosports) and YouTube (Jason Pribyl Autosports)

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About USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires: USF Juniors debuts in 2022 as a pre-step to the highly acclaimed Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development platform, a clear-cut path to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Owned and operated by Andersen Promotions with sanctioning from USAC Racing, the entry level series is professionally run to Road to Indy standards providing the necessary training on and off the track to drivers as young as 14 years of age. A prize package of over $310,000 is on offer including a scholarship valued at more than $220,000 for its champion to advance to the first step of the ladder – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – in 2023. For more information, visit usfjuniors.com.

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TireRack.com Road to Indy eSeries presented by Cooper Tires | Round 5 at WWT Raceway

Last Wednesday Jason was invited to join the final race of TireRack.com Road to Indy eSeries presented by Cooper Tires.  He rushed home from school to buy the World Wide Technology Raceway oval and went to work.  He was third fastest in practice, but had a dismal qualifying session.  Race 1 started with Jason in starting 14th of 15 cars.  During the first 5 minutes he moved up slowly and avoided spinning cars working his way up to 6th place and mixing it up with the lead pack.  The Jason mixed it up in the top 6 for the next 15 tense minutes with the group shuffling order and looking for advantage.  At the checked Jason held his own and finished 6th.  For the second race he started 5th and immediately fell back to the back of the pack after suffering minor wind damage.  Despite the damage continued to fight picking his way through the crowd and eventually pushing the car back to 5th place by the end of the race.  You can read the recap or the race including Jason finishes on the USF Juniors web site.

Not only was there great racing but Jason was recognized by the announcers as one of the standouts of the race.   Below is a link directory to the comments.

Road To Indy: eSeries and testing at Homestead

Jason had a blast participating in the second round of the TireRack: Road To Indy eSeries presented by CooperTires and racing with other prospects and drivers from USF2000 and Indy Pros. Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is a half mile oval and Jason has very little experience with this kind of racing.  He qualified 19th of 23 but just was only 0.3 tenths of a second behind the leader.  The field was very tight.  After suffering some damage and spending some time in the pits he made his way up to 17th.  The second race was great, Jason battled his way up to 9th and was fighting hard with 8th and 10th when the cars tangled and he dropped back.  He continued to fight and finished 16th. Watch the full race on YouTube. The next race will be February 2nd at Barber Motorsports Park.

Jason and the Racing Bandit team competed in the iRacing 24 hrs of Daytona e-series on January 22nd.  They qualified 16th and moved into 9th after a few hours.  In the 8th hour of the race they suffered a 15 minute repair cycle after a GT car ran out of fuel and darted in front of them.  They dropped to 16th but continued to press forward finishing 7th and 16 laps down.

You may be wondering why Jason is racing with the Road To Indy Prospects.  In a few days, he’ll be heading to Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway for two days of testing in the IGY6 Motorsports Road To Indy USF Junior F4 car.  More to come on this soon.

RTI Prospects eSeries:Round 2

Jason joined the Road To Indy Prospects eSeries at Virginia International Raceway, watch the full race, and qualified 6th of 18 drivers and withing shooting distance of a podium. During the first race he was spun heading into the first couple of corners and had to work his way back up to 12th. In the second race he worked is way up to 4th but tangled with lapped traffic in the closing race and finished 7th. Jason did qualify to race in the next race on the 19th at Lucas Oil Motorsports.

This week Jason will be racing again but this time at the Lucas Oil Raceway.  This will be interesting as he will be racing with some of the other drivers from USF 2000, Indy Pro, and Indy lights.   Racing will start again 6:45 CST join in and cheer for your favorite driver!