SASKATOON, SK (September 30, 2019) – Exclusive Autosport concluded its third year in the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca just a week ago, securing fifth and sixth in the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires championship standings with Danial Frost and Nikita Lastochkin. In the process, they added additional wins to their overall Road to Indy record and confirmed their position as a championship-contending squad.
Overall there are a lot of positives to take from this year. Defending the top step of the podium at Lucas Oil Raceway was certainly something special, as was winning on home soil at the Cooper Tires Toronto Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. Both Danial and Nikita showed the paddock that they are strong contenders, consistently showing strong pace and good results throughout the year. As a team, our cars are fast and we showed we can challenge for wins on each and every track. Had things gone a bit differently at a few events the outcome (from a championship perspective) would have been a lot different for us this year. I am proud of the team and the drivers. Everyone put their best foot forward and worked incredibly hard this year. The team will continue to work really hard over the off-season to develop and prepare our program for a championship run in 2020.
– Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal, Exclusive Autosport
The 2019 campaign started off strongly as Frost scored his first career Indy Pro 2000 podium at the season opener in St. Petersburg to begin his rookie season, scoring a third-place finish in Race 2, which simply fueled his impressive season-long pace. The Singaporean’s season was highlighted by a pole position for the iconic Carb Night Classic Freedom 90 at Lucas Oil Raceway oval in May, which led to a dominating win as Danial led every lap.
Laguna was an emotional weekend, not only because it was the end of the season, but also because we weren’t able to deliver the podium spot in the championship. We had very good pace at the end of the weekend with the circumstances we were in. In the final race I was in the lead, which meant that if I maintained that position, I would not only have won the race, but secured third place in the championship. But due to unfortunate events, our push rod broke, causing us to lose out. Nevertheless, this is what happens in racing and we’ll move forward from this. Thank you to Exclusive Autosport for the exceptional year and the amazing year we’ve had. Thank you to my sponsor Denjet, my family and fans who have been there for me. I’m very excited to see what’s planned for the coming year. Bring on 2020!
– Danial Frost
Frost would also go on to score an emotional win in the team’s home country of Canada, dominating Race 1 on the streets of Toronto. This victory placed him in the position to fight for third in the championship, although a few races did not go exactly as planned and he would eventually finish a strong fifth in the championship.
2019 was a great season of racing for Exclusive Autosport. Everyone on the team worked really well together, all striving to improve each aspect of the race programs week in and week out. We enjoyed great results and wins along the way. Also, having the opportunity to work with all of our drivers, seeing them mature and develop throughout the season was very rewarding. We’re looking forward to continued success and development as we prepare all of the Exclusive Autosport Road to Indy programs for next year.
– Mirl Swan, Team Manager, Exclusive Autosport
Exclusive Autosport has officially set their eyes on the 2020 season with the recent announcement that they will be adding an Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires program to their Road to Indy efforts, running alongside their USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 cars that are already in place. The team has seats available for the upcoming Chris Griffis test (October 19-20) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For inquiries, please contact, Team Owner, Michael Duncalfe at email@example.com.
2019 INDY PRO 2000 PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES SEASON
DANIAL FROST – #68
Championship Standings: 5th
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About Exclusive Autosport:
Exclusive Autosport (EA) is a professional racing team dedicated to the success of its drivers in open wheel formula car competition in North America. EA operate teams in both the Ontario and Quebec Formula 1600 series in Canada (F1600 Canada/Toyo Tires F1600 Championship), as well as the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and debuting in 2020, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, all part of the Road To Indy. Exclusive Autosport’s drivers have secured numerous championships, race wins, podium finishes and pole positions, as well as Rookie of the Year awards. Exclusive Management Inc., the team’s parent company, has enjoyed great success in both open wheel and sports car racing and has worked with standout drivers. Their mission is to develop drivers and prepare them for upper echelons of professional motorsports.