By: Tanner Watkins
December 17, 2019 | 12:00 PM
After taking home the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 championship, former Team USA Scholarship winner Braden Eves is moving up the Road to Indy ladder in 2020. The Ohio native will team up with Exclusive Autosport next season to compete in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
“Today’s announcement, signing Braden Eves, is one I am extremely proud of,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, team principal of Exclusive Autosport. “I am truly honored that Braden chose Exclusive Autosport as the team to bring his 2019 USF2000 Champion scholarship winnings to and compete for the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
“I feel Braden gelled really quickly with our team (at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test) and his engineer Mirl Swan, topping the time charts in his first day with our program. Braden is an extremely focused and highly motivated individual. He shows immense depth in his driving very early on in his career.
“I am optimistic about the upcoming year and our eyes are focused on one thing: competing for the 2020 championship.”
Last season, Eves racked up six victories in USF2000 competition, in addition to four poles and 12 top-five finishes en route to his series championship. This came after stints in the F4 United States Championship (2017 and 2018) and part-time roles in USF2000 and the F1600 Championship for 2018.
“I’m so happy to finally announce the signing,” said Eves. “Exclusive Autosport is a top-notch team with an extremely talented crew and fantastic engineers. This is the most excited I’ve ever been for a racing season. I can’t wait to show what we can do together!
“I also want to give a huge thank you to Dan Andersen and Chris Pantani at Cooper Tires once again for the Road to Indy scholarship system. Without it, racing at this high a level would be simply impossible. I can’t wait to get started!”
Eves, 20, was selected as a Team USA Scholarship recipient in 2018 but was unable to compete due to an aneurysm found underneath his left collarbone. His comeback was punctuated with the championship in late 2019, and another chapter for Eves will be written in 2020 with his debut to Indy Pro 2000.
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