Cooper Tires USF2000 - Jeroen Slaghekke

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Jeroen Slaghekke
Biography of Jeroen Slaghekke

Every race he participates in and every decision that he makes, is completely based on accomplishing his ultimate goal: one day becoming IndyCar champion. Jeroen knows exactly what he wants and how he wants to accomplish his goals.

‘When I’m racing, there’s nothing else but the circuit, the car and me. Super focused, I pass my competitors and defend my position. Lap after lap, the adrenaline is pumping through my body. For me, it’s the best feeling in the world. I am fully committed to racing as good and fast as I possibly can. When it’s not going as planned, I never stop analyzing until I’ve found out what to change to start winning, and what to do to continue doing so. I want to keep learning every day, from the sport, my competitors, teammates, and of course myself. The ultimate goal of the never-ending search to perfect my skills is becoming IndyCar champion.’

The determination that can be heard when Jeroen tells his story leaves nothing to the imagination. He wants to become the best. He only drove his first laps on a go kart when he was already 14 years old when he was on vacation. Now, only five years later, he impresses as the 2011 British Formula Ford vice champion. Leaning back and enjoying this accomplishment is not something for Jeroen, who is already planning ahead for his next season, and analyzing what he has to improve to go one better than vice champion in the future.

In 2013 Jeroen was a test driver during the race weekends for multiple teams in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. It provided Jeroen with an opportunity to learn the circuits before a championship attack in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2014 with Afterburner Autosport.

Hobbies: Racing, fitness, music, movies, traveling

Snapshot: I would describe myself as being a quite passionate person. Motorsport is my life and I believe always will be. When I am not on the track, I am watching old races, looking at data and on-boards or practicing in a simulator! I like hanging out with friends or watching a good movie to relax.

Racing goal: IndyCar and Indy 500 champion

Racing hero: Fernando Alonso

My fitness routine includes: Full body conditioning and cardio

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: None

The one talent I wish I had: Making music

An interesting note about me: I’ve won races and pole positions in every category I've competed in for a full season.

2013: Contested 10 of 14 rounds in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda … qualified third in his first ever oval qualifying … claimed two top-10 finishes.

2012: Finished fourth in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with one win, two pole positions and two podium finishes.

2011: Finished second in the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain with four wins, 21 podiums, eight pole positions, seven fastest laps and two lap records.

2010: Rookie season in British Formula Ford, earned one podium finish.

2009: Finished third in the Suzuki Swift Cup Netherlands with two wins, six podiums, four pole positions and three fastest laps.

2008: Competed in the Suzuki Swift Cup Netherlands.

2007: Debut season in any form of motorsports through karting ... scored one race win and numerous podium finishes.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 0 0 2 7 0 12
2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 10 0 0 0 2 0 3
Total 24 0 0 2 9 0 15
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Belardi Auto Racing

Belardi Auto Racing is owned by Brian Belardi, a former collegiate football player who has focused his competitive juices into auto racing.  Located  near Indianapolis, the Belardi team campaigns cars in the Indy Lights and USF2000 National Championship in support of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder system.

Belardi is a tough competitor. A former defensive back at the University of Colorado, he had his eyes set on a NFL career before being sidelined with injuries, Belardi understands what it takes to compete at the highest levels of sports.  As a former driver, Belardi also understands the specific needs of racer that is in pursuit of a championship.