Three weeks removed from his introduction to European junior open wheel racing at the Formula Ford Festival, Team USA Scholarship driver Trent Hindman heads to the Silverstone Circuit for this weekend’s Walter Hayes Trophy with the lessons learned at Brands Hatch still fresh in his mind.
As any foreign exchange student can tell you, one of the challenges of travelling abroad is learning the local customs of the country you visit. For Team USA Scholarship driver Trent Hindman, a trip to England and the Brands Hatch Circuit meant learning how they race Formula Fords in Europe. While the 40th edition of the Formula Ford Festival didn’t end up as he would have liked, the Wayside N.J. driver quickly adapted to their more aggressive and tactical style of racing, and like most foreign exchange students, he can’t wait to go back for more.
A week after claiming the Ontario Formula Ford Championship, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman travelled to northwest Connecticut and Lime Rock Park to try and wrest the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda championship from points leader Scott Anderson. While he earned Rookie of the Year honors, a second championship in as many weeks was not in the cards for the Wayside, N.J. driver.
MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman’s hot Summer continued into the Fall this past weekend at Mosport International Raceway, where he scored two wins from pole and secured the 2011 Ontario Formula Ford Championship and Rookie of the Year honors, despite missing the opening rounds of the season. Now all Hindman has to do is attempt to overcome a 15-point deficit in the last two races of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda this weekend at Lime Rock Park before heading over to England to race with Team USA Scholarship. And all while working to keep up with his studies during his Junior year in high school.
The tight confines of the South Course at Autobahn Country Club proved to be to the liking of MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman, as he posted his best weekend performance of the season while moving into second in the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda points heading into the finale in three weeks at Lime Rock Park.
Like many cities and towns around the country, yesterday marked the first day of school in Ocean Township, N.J. As boys and girls shuffle into the high school, their heads hung in quiet resignation that summer is in fact over, one student walks in with a bounce in his step. As he finds his locker for the first time and collects his books for the upcoming semester, Ocean Township High School junior and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman returns to school after a successful (and busy) summer of racing and after a weekend of great accomplishment.
MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman returns to Canada this weekend to rejoin the battle for the 2011 Ontario Formula Ford Championship at Mosport International Raceway off of his second win of the season in Skip Barber National competition at Lime Rock Park. With the school year fast approaching, Hindman is getting in as much seat time as possible before classes become the priority.
It’s hard to believe that I’ll be sitting in a classroom back at school three weeks from now. Since school ended in late June, I have had a very eventful summer between racing in the Skip Barber National Series and the Ontario Formula Ford Championship.
Trent Hindman’s three-week, 2,000 mile (give or take a few miles) Summer tour of eastern North America wrapped up this past weekend at Lime Rock Park with the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver picking up a pole and a dominant win in BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda competition. In doing so, the Wayside, N.J. driver extended his season long Skip Barber National Top 5 finish streak to 12, closed in on the Top 2 in the championship and further cemented his claim on the Rookie of the Year title.
When we last left MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver Trent Hindman, he was on Interstate 71 south of Cleveland, Ohio on the front end of a 1,500 mile road trip that took him from his Wayside, New Jersey west to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and north to Mosport International Raceway before returning home to Wayside. Four days later, Hindman is resting up at home before heading to Lime Rock Park in a few days for Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda season.