American racer Chase Owen will compete in the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship after signing for Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing.
Owen, who hails from Houston, Texas, finished the 2016 season as runner-up in the UK's Formula Ford 1600 National Championship and claimed the Northern Championship with Cliff Dempsey Racing, having made the switch to European racing for this year from his native United States. The 24-year-old finished sixth in the hugely competitive Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and won the Star of Anglesey accolade along with being crowned the Champion of Oulton Park, in what was an extremely successful season for the American.
Owen only recently started racing after taking part in the 2014 Skip Barber IndyCar Academy Shootout, which he won. As part of his prize, he was awarded a full season in the Skip Barber Summer Series for 2015, claiming eight race victories and 14 podium finishes. He narrowly missed out on the title but comfortably finished as the top rookie, which led to him winning Racer Magazine's “Top Gun Award” and also become a candidate for the prestigious Team USA Scholarship.
Owen said: “I am beyond excited to compete next year in British F3.I am certain it is a huge step up but it will prove an invaluable training ground and stepping stone into the higher-level formulae. Signing for the team was a no-brainer for me as I raced Formula Ford under Cliff in 2016 and he has taught me much of what I know in my short career, and has become like family to me.
“In the few test days I've run in the F3 car, I couldn't be more happy with the entire team and how the car feels. It’s by far the most powerful car, combined with the most aero, I have ever driven. I am so excited to get 2017 pre-season testing underway and have full confidence we will be competing with the best.”
|2016||Runner-up in the UK's Formula Ford 1600 Championship
Formula Ford 1600 Northern Champion, including winning Star of Anglesey and Champion of Oulton awards
|2015||Runner-up in the Skip Barber Summer Series with eight victories and 14 podium finishes|
|2014||Wins the Skip Barber IndyCar Academy Shootout|