All Systems Go For Trent Hindman
Trent Hindman, of Wayside, NJ, is the 2011 Ontario Formula Ford champion and a winner of the prestigious Team USA Scholarship. He finished runner-up in the 2011 Skip Barber National Championship, capturing three wins and nine podiums. He competed in last year’s Cooper Tires Winterfest and placed on the podium three times. He is signed with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, and is getting ready for the first round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest on Feb. 6-7.
It’s Go Time!!!
Before I endlessly go on about how excited I am to be racing again, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Trent Hindman. I am a 16-year-old driver in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series. Last year, I competed in the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest, the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda and the Ontario Formula Ford Championship. This year, I will be running the full USF2000 Championship with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
As the official start of the 2012 USF2000 season is getting closer, I think back and realize really how short the offseason was for me this year. I was fortunate enough to be racing or traveling almost every weekend of my life last season. Going from being incredibly busy to doing absolutely nothing was a tremendous shock to my system! I honestly did find plenty of things to occupy my time these past few weeks and catching up on a ton of missed schoolwork was a big part of that (ugh!). There were still days, however, that I would just stare at the calendar and count “how much longer?” My family knew it got really bad when I began wearing my helmet at the dinner table!
Luckily, Dominic and Nicholas Cape have definitely kept my mind off the never ending offseason by scheduling some tests. Every time that I knew a test was coming up, I’m pretty sure time would immediately slow down, just to make me that much more anxious! Throughout the tests, I have become very good friends with my teammates as well. Matt Brabham, Spencer Pigot, and I are really enjoying ourselves! Along with testing, I have been working extremely hard this offseason on improving my physical fitness because it is such a vital part of our sport.
Unfortunately, I am not in Sebring yet, but I will be arriving there on Super Bowl Sunday morning. My mom was brilliant enough to book very early flights out of New Jersey so we could settle into the hotel, head over to the track for registration, and then enjoy the big game! In between all that, I am really looking forward to seeing many of my friends from the Skip Barber series, as well as some good friends from Canada, who will also now be racing in the USF2000 series. Even though we are all extremely competitive on track and want to kick each other’s butts to get those wins, I enjoy hanging out with my fellow racers and just having a good time.
For this first race weekend in Sebring, and for the Winterfest series in general, I think it is just going to be all about learning. Learning about the car, learning about how the racing will be, learning about my team—pretty much just a learning overload. There are so many talented drivers in the series this year, it is definitely going to be tough!
Now that it is T-minus two days until the excitement begins, I am really itching to get back on the track!! I am so desperate to get back behind the wheel, I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas. I am really stoked, too, that I am able to report to you through this blog. I’ll have more updates coming your way throughout the year!
Finally, I would like to wish all the competitors in the USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest safe racing and good luck!
Until next time…