Gooden Returns to Formula F
Oklahoma City, Okla. (October 10, 2011) – Already a two-time winner in the new F1600 Formula F Championship Series, Wyatt Gooden will return with Quantum Racing Services for the Watkins Glen series finale this weekend in an effort to add to his impressive rookie season of professional open-wheel racing.
Gooden, a former on-line iRacing.com champion, karting star and Rookie of the Year in the 2010 SCCA VW TDi Cup, made a huge splash in his Formula F debut at Mid-Ohio July 1-2, driving a Quantum-prepared Van Diemen Honda to a pair of hard-fought victories in his Formula F racing debut.
This outstanding debut performance helped earn the 22-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio, a tryout for the coveted Team USA racing scholarship program. Despite his limited experience, Gooden was a finalist in the 2011 competition.
On Monday, Gooden completed a successful test with Quantum at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in preparation for his return to Formula F competition after a nearly three-month layoff.
“It’s been an incredible year, but Mid-Ohio seems like a long time ago and I’m anxious to return to Formula F competition,” Gooden said. “The test at Hallett was a great way to ‘brush away the cobwebs’ and help me prepare for what I know will be a very competitive and fast field at Watkins Glen this weekend.”
At Watkins Glen, Gooden again will drive a Honda-powered Van Diemen Formula F entered by Quantum Racing Services of Oklahoma, with additional sponsorship from SugarCreek Productions and Kechi Energy of Oklahoma. Quantum is headed by racing veteran Wendell Miller, with more than 35 years in the sport and success at all levels from Club Racing to IndyCars. In 2010, the team took rookie F2000 Championship Series driver Dan Erickson to two race wins, three second-place finishes and three poles in six races.
“Wyatt certainly demonstrated his potential, and he’s earned another shot at scoring more victories this year” Miller said following Monday’s test. “He goes quicker every time he gets behind the wheel, is a quick study and a pleasure to work with. Watkins Glen will be a new test for him, racing on a circuit he’s never seen against a field full of talented racers. I’m looking forward to helping him continue his development as a driver.”