Will Owen completed his rookie season in the USF2000 in 12th place driving for Pabst Racing. Here are Will’s answers to 5 Questions:
1. Who is your toughest competitor on the track?
Overall my toughest competitor this year was Florian Latorre. He and Cape Motorsports did an excellent job and deserved to win the championship because they were so fast. Florian was always on the front row of the grid so I never really got near him on the track, except for the Indy rain race. In the sense of who was my biggest competition in racing, it was probably my teammate Austin Cindric. We qualified near each other a lot of times and had some nice battles. We always had to be careful since we were teammates, but we never took each other out.
2. Outside of motorsports, what is your favorite sport to watch?
My favorite sport to watch is soccer. I used to think it was boring but I really got into it during the World Cup this year. I started playing a lot of FIFA on the Xbox and that got me into it even more!
3. In regards to racing, what is the biggest lesson you learned in 2014?
The biggest lesson I learned is that qualifying is everything in car racing. It’s a lot different than go kart racing in the sense that you cannot make up 20 positions on the start and then another 15 throughout the race. Its a lot more difficult to pass, especially in open wheel, so your starting position in the race basically is where you will finish plus or minus a couple positions. Everyone is so close together in the USF2000 series so that makes it even more difficult to move up in the order. Obviously there are exceptions to what I said. In St. Petersburg race two, for example, I finished nearly ten positions ahead of where I started because of a big wreck. I also won from dead last in the first race in Indy, but that is not a common scenario!
4. What is the coolest thing a fan has ever done for you?
A couple nights before I left for college, I was eating at a nice steakhouse with my family. My dentist, who is a big fan of racing, recognized us from across the restaurant, and paid for our dinner! We talked about racing and I gave him all of my racing info.
5. What is your favorite race track and why?
My favorite track is Road America. It is so fast and there are a lot of great passing zones. It is located in a beautiful part of the country and driving down the back straight towards Canada corner is awesome because it feels like you are in a tunnel because of all the trees around. The amount of speed you can roll through some of the corners is incredible, and that is my favorite part, trying to man up and get off the brake pedal earlier! I hope I get to do a pro race at Road America some day!