Racing driver James Roe has been named young Irish racing driver of the year for 2019.
Roe who competes in the US in the American F3 championship was presented with the Sexton Trophy and €50,000 to help fund his racing for 2020.
Speaking about the award Roe said:
“I am honored to win this award. “When you think about previous winners and what they have gone on to achieve on the international stage there is an overwhelming obligation on me to perform and follow in their footsteps. This award carries a lot of weight in the USA where I am based at the moment and with it I can accelerate my plans to compete in Indy Car with some of the best drivers in the World. I’ve learnt a lot over the last two years and it is a credit to the Team Ireland program and all at CJJ Motorsports and my sponsors and partners.”
Graham Stoker, FIA Deputy president of sport said:
It is a pleasure to attend the Awards and to see first-hand the great work that Motorsport Ireland is doing to grow participation in the sport. A major development goal of FIA is increasing motorsport participation and I am encouraged to see more Irish drivers than ever emerging and participating in international events. Looking at the quality of the winners here, you can see why.
“The Billy Coleman Award and Sexton Trophy are recognized internationally and can be a fantastic opportunity for the winners to further their careers. I was speaking with some of the judges and found that the talent emerging in Ireland will result in many more Irish men and women becoming involved in the top echelons of the sport well into the future. “