Stringing together a good season in 2014 with a string of solid finishes, John McCusker is moving his way up the time sheets and finishing order in the No. 01 Dotworks Racing RFR. From Long Island, he is a graduate of the F1600 Series and in his sophomore F2000 season. Coming off VIR he finds himself sitting seventh in points, within easy reach of those in front of him.
“I started karting at nine years old,” said McCusker, whose father raced in F2000 for years before surrendering his cars to sons John and Austin. “I raced them nationally and still do.”
Coming out of F1600, McCusker said the wingless Formula F Van Diemen/Honda he drove kept things basic and taught him the ins and outs of driving a formula car and race craft.
2014 has marked a new pace from McCusker, with the driver constantly in the top ten. He attributed that to more seat-time and also the recent development work done on the RFR chassis package.
“The difference for me is just getting used to the car, and we have spent a lot of time since last year tweaking the car,” he continued.
A strong showing at the season opener at Road Atlanta earned him a top five finish dueling to the last corner; but many forget he nearly found the podium in the rain at Lime Rock Park in 2013, finishing fourth in challenging conditions.
“The goal this year has been to have good races and be consistently in the hunt for the podium,” McCusker said.
Describing his driving style as conservative and smooth, but racing hard, McCusker is a sophomore at Molloy College on Long Island and said his goal is to put himself on the podium this year.