Mazda Road to Indy
DEVIN WOJCIK: “I Will Give It My All”
For Wojcik, the thrill to go fast has been part of his entire life, riding bikes outside throughout his childhood in New York.
“Being outside and racing on my bike was my favorite thing,” he said. “The exhilaration of going as fast as I could was great. There was also a hill next to my house where we would snowboard and ski during the winter. Naturally, I would race all my friends down the hill.”
The need for speed met karting through a family friend’s brother when he was 11.
“It was just cool to be in a car at such a young age,” he said. “I won my first race, and that helped convince me to continue the pursuit. That and seeing my face when I got off the track really helped to convince my mom as well. Even though she knew the dangers – and it was kind of scary for her – she knew it was what I wanted to do. She and my dad have really helped me develop my career.”
After experiencing success in karts, he moved to the Skip Barber School, doing well in the Karts to Cars Shootout. He was able to parlay that into success at Skip Barber, finishing third in the Winter Series, followed by a fifth in the Summer Series this year.
Now, Devin Wojcik is set for his rookie campaign in USF2000 in 2017, driving for ArmsUp Motorsports. His introduction to Mazda Road to Indy came virtue of Brent at ArmsUp, who offered him Wojcik a test with the team. The trial would go well, resulting in the team calling his parents afterward to tell them the seat was open for him.
“I was in awe,” he said. “It was so surreal. I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. But then, we had to get all the licensing done in just a couple of days. We drove out there not knowing if it would happen or not, just hoping and praying that everyone would do their part to help me, and when we went to credentials, everything had been filed.”
His first weekend behind the wheel at Road America was met with success, enough to convince Wojcik to stick with the team for the full 2017 season. With the series debuting a new chassis for the year, he has already had the chance to test it out, taking part in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test.
“I was able to drive the new car, even though ArmsUp had only had the car for a week before the test,” he said. “To put together a car that no one had ever seen before and to do it in just a week was one thing: to have it run fast was another. The team did a great job, and it was a huge step of reassurance going into 2017.”
Going into his rookie season, Wojcik admits he doesn’t want to put a ton of pressure on himself or the team but instead focusing on continuing to develop the car each week.
“My main expectation is that I will give it my all,” he said. “Being in the car and doing what I love is so important, but I’m also looking forward to the travel and getting the chance to meet and connect with new people. There are so many resources out there in USF2000, and the Mazda Road to Indy and that will be huge for my career.”
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