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Niall Murray Set For USF2000 Debut at Watkins Glen

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Another driver will make his Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda debut this season, as Niall Murray is set for his first start at Watkins Glen International next month.

The 22-year-old came close to earning a full-time ride in the series, when he placed in the final six in the Mazda Road To Indy Shootout last December, narrowly losing out to Oliver Askew. 

Since then, he has kept in regular contact with Newman Wachs Team Manager Brian Halahan, which allowed the pair to put together the opportunity.

“Last year we met Brian Halahan from Newman Wachs Racing at the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout and we’ve kept in regular contact since,” he said. “I’m absolutely over the moon that this opportunity has finally come together. Having come so close last December, USF2000 is a series I’ve wanted to race in since, so I will be making sure I make the most of every lap. We’ve worked very hard behind the scenes to make this happen, and I have a lot of people around me to thank for this so I’ll be making sure to give them a good performance.

“I’m hoping this run in the car will help me if I make it back to the shootout again this year, and prove to the judges that I am very serious about my intentions of racing in the USA in 2018.”

The current British Formula Ford champion is set for an evaluation session in Chicago, prior to a two-day test on the 3.37-mile 11-turn Watkins Glen road course.

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.