VRD and Arden are delighted to announce that Alex Quinn be joining VRD at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the next event weekend in the USF2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA) graduate and Arden-managed Quinn will make his North American debut at the world’s most iconic race facility.
As part of a wider transatlantic collaboration between the teams, VRD driver and FR Americas Powered by Honda front-runner Nico Christodoulou will look to travel to Europe later this season to compete in the BRDC GB3 Championship with Arden. VRD Academy drivers will also have the opportunity to join Arden’s testing program with a view to focus on future European endeavours and the unique link also opens the door to testing and racing opportunities in the US with VRD for Arden’s YRDA squad.
Continuing to expand by competing in four different open wheel series in North America, Velocity Racing Development (VRD) is pushing forward to make their presence around the world. Leading international team Arden, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is looking to build on its great success in UK and international Championships, by establishing the Arden brand in North American racing.
“This has been in the works for quite some time, and this will not only allow both VRD and Arden to have a presence in different countries, but it will also allow our drivers to compete seamlessly around the world,” explained Dan Mitchell. “We are beginning these efforts immediately and will see a new driver compete under the VRD banner in our USF2000 efforts, while one of our drivers will head overseas to compete in GB3 race weekends later this season.”
Arden’s CEO Garry Horner commented, “We have been very impressed with the VRD team and its drivers’ development in the US under Dan’s leadership. Linking with VRD provides a unique global motorsport platform for Arden and YRDA drivers as well as those in Dan’s squad, and we are looking forward to exploring the on and off-track possibilities that this exciting and unique collaboration will present.”
Velocity Racing Development (VRD) (www.VelocityRacingDevelopment.com) is one of the powerhouse programs in the FIA sanctioned F4 and FR Americas program. As multi-time team champions, driver champions and race winning program, VRD has amassed wins in multiple high profile series in North America. Developing drivers from karting through their Academy program, VRD builds drivers from the ground up and prepares them for both current and future success in motorsports.
Arden (www.arden-motorsport.com) is a multiple formula Championship-winning racing team founded in 1997 by Garry and Christian Horner. From its origins racing in the Formula 3000 Championship, Arden has, over the last quarter of a century, expanded its race operations to include the FIA Formula 2, GP3 Series, Formula Renault 3.5 V8 Series , Formula Renault Eurocup, evolving into Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, BRDC GB3 and the FIA British F4 Championships. Through its partnership with the Young Racing Driver Academy, it provides a unique pathway from karting into single-seater racing. Fifteen drivers who have raced for Arden have now joined the F1 grid, including current F1 drivers Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz, Nicholas Latifi and F1 reserve driver Oscar Piastri.
The YRDA (www.yrda.co.uk) was founded in 2012 and operates in association with Arden and is an all-encompassing motorsport academy that is focused on identifying, nurturing, and developing young racing drivers. The YRDA delivers a specialist all-encompassing and highly coordinated elite program that focuses heavily on one-to-one driver training on Arden’s dedicated state of the art simulator, human performance testing and monitoring, bespoke training and nutritional support, brand development and structured goal setting and career advice.
For more information on VRD Racing and to find information on how to be involved with their race programs, please feel free to contact Daniel Mitchell via email: Info@VRD-Racing.com.
For more information on Arden and to find information on how to be involved with their race programme, please contact Jamie Horner via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the YRDA and its programme please contact Anna Stoumann via email: email@example.com.
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