Group-A Racing is happy to announce the signing of 19 year-old Mexican driver Jose Armida for the next rounds of the F2000 Championship Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Armida comes from a wide variety of experience. He got his start, like most race car drivers in the karting ranks, where he is a Mexican National Champion in Enduro Karts. After that he made the move up to Mexican Formula Vee Championship, where he won that championship in his sophomore season. Next he moved into the Skip Barber Race Series, capturing the Rookie of the Year honors. Most recently he has been competing on Formula Car Challenge in the Formula Speed 2.0 class. He was able to capture his first win in that series recently at Thunderhill Raceway last month.
The race weekend in Ohio will be the debut for the young driver in both the F2000 Championship Series, and at the very technical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Armida and Group-A Racing join the F2000 Championship Series in the fifth weekend of the overall championship. The weekend is the first for the smaller Buck Eye Championship, which is a championship within the main championship for the two Mid-Ohio weekends. Armida will be driving one of Group-A Racing Van Diemen Zetec cars most recently piloted by Brazilian Gustavo Rizzo and Jamaican Collin Daley.
"We hope to have a good weekend, I know it’s a new car and a new track but I am sure that with this team we can fight for good results & learn a lot during the weekend." said Armida.
“We are very excited to be working with Jose at Mid-Ohio” said team owner Joe Scarallo Sr. “We have been working with him for a while now to try and put something together for him to compete with us in the F2000 Championship Series, and it has finally come together last minute to race at Mid Ohio. He has had some good success in the past, but certainly this will be a step up in the type of car, track and competition in terms of difficulty. But we are going to supply him great private coaching, engineering and everything he needs to be improving all weekend, and hopefully end it with two good results.”