James Roe Jr, the Kildare born racing driver has gone from racing in the Formula Ford 1600 to getting the opportunity to race in the United States. Speaking to Paddock Eye from Ireland as he reflects on his season before heading back to the United States next week to continue preparations for a busy 2020, Roe revealed that his American F3 season came together late in the pre-season meaning that James had no time for testing which meant he was a little on the back foot heading into the season with CJJ Motorsports and Global Racing Group.
Despite the lack of testing James ended his first season in the F3 Americas Championship in fifth place in the championship on 147 points which included victory in Road America which James says is one of his favourite circuits.
James says that he couldn’t have gotten to where he is today if it were not for the help of Irish American businessman, John Campion who is a key figure in Irish Motorsports and helped to set up Team Ireland allowing young Irish drivers like James to follow their dreams.
James who grew up just a few miles away from Mondello Park in Kildare says that his goal is to become the first Irish racing driver to compete in and ultimately win the Indianapolis 500 ‘the greatest spectacle in racing’ along with building and maintaining a sustainable career in the NTT IndyCar Series.
Roe has raced in the Ginetta Juniors, British Formula Ford 1600 and also American F2000 all of which he won races and set lap records in. He thanked Topcon, one of his main sponsors for all of the hard work that they have done and continue to do. James has had a fantastic opening season racing in the F3 Americas Championship where he scored multiple top four and top five race finishes including taking his maiden win at Road America which is a circuit on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule which has challenged the big name drivers in the series so for James to have been able to win here during his first season in the championship it is a fantastic achievement.
So what does the future hold for James Roe? Well right now he is digesting what has been a fantastic season for the Kildare native and he looking at his options for next season with an announcement due in the coming weeks as to what he will do in 2020.
James told Paddock Eye that is really excited about what the future has in store and he says that conversations regarding his future are heading in the right direction.
James Roe is certainly a driver to watch over the next season and Paddock Eye can’t wait to see him competing in the Indianapolis 500 and in the NTT IndyCar Series sooner rather than later. James’ success this year is a fantastic endorsement for the work that he and his partners including John Campion, Team Ireland, Topcon, Vortex and Bennett Law Offices have done this season.
For more information on James Roe visit – http://jamesroejr.com/