Jeroen finished the 2014 USF2000 season in 13th position driving for Belardi Auto Racing. Here are his answers to 5 questions:
1. Who is your toughest competitor on the track?
Tough question this one, I’ve driven many different series with many types of racing drivers. I’d say in Europe that Stoffel Vandoorne was the fastest driver I’ve raced against, whereas racing with Scott Malvern was the most intense, as he was always very fast and never made a mistake which made it very tough to beat him. In USF2000 it’s hard to say, the level of competition was very high and the quality went deep into the field with many drivers able to win. In my opinion Victor Franzoni was always hard to beat in a straight fight, as he’s fast and a smart driver who rarely makes mistakes.
2. Outside of motorsports, what is your favorite sport to watch?
I’m a fan of many sports, as I always appreciate the level of skill required to play at the highest level in any field. I particularly enjoy watching boxing as I believe it requires some similar skills to racing. In boxing you have to know when to be aggressive, when to be calculated, and be able to adapt continuously.
3. In regards to racing, what is the biggest lesson you learned in 2014?
The biggest lesson I learned is how to handle disappointment in an efficient way. My season has been filled with many of them and I feel that I can now easily take any lesson from a disappointment and instantly move on, rather than dwell on it.
4. What is the coolest thing a fan has ever done for you?
I always love when fans show up to the track with pictures of you, even from racing series from many years ago. I always find that surreal that they go to that length! One occasion stands out though, a fan knew that I am an Ayrton Senna fan and he collected autographed pictures. He sent me an original signed Senna picture after I sent him my own autograph. It currently sits on my desk.
5. What is your favorite race track and why?
I don’t have one particular favorite track, as I find any track a great challenge. There are of course some that stand out, like Spa-Francorchamps where I was on pole in Formula Ford. Another few tracks that I particularly enjoy are Silverstone, Oulton Park (UK), Sonoma and Mid-Ohio. I always like when tracks are either fast and flowing or when tracks offer different challenges through elevation changes. They really urge you to think about precise car placement and leave no room for error.