2020 History MAking
Team USA Scholarship Winner
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Bryce Aron Racing is Pleased to Announce Title Sponsorship with MPEC | NAPA AUTO PARTS
Chicago, IL — Bryce Aron Racing is excited to announce the continued support of long-time title sponsor MPEC | NAPA Auto Parts. Aron is driving the #23 MPEC | NAPA AUTO PARTS Carlin BRDC Formula 3 car for the 2021 championship season.
“We are so delighted to continue our relationship with MPEC | NAPA AUTO PARTS who have been there supporting me from the beginning. MPEC | NAPA AUTO PARTS made it possible for me to compete in open wheel cars when I first started and throughout my time in Formula Ford. Their continued generous support has made it possible for me to step up this year to BRDC Formula 3."
MPEC | NAPA AUTO PARTS first appeared as a sponsor for Bryce Aron Racing in 2017 when Bryce competed in national karting throughout the United States.
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From a single NAPA Auto Parts location founded in 1938, MPEC has grown to manage interests that range from a regional leader in the automotive aftermarket and major distribution center to on-site parts supplier. Continuing in the spirit of entrepreneurism out of which we were born, MPEC seeks consistent, strategic growth within all our endeavors.
Our core business line, NAPA Auto Parts, features 85 store locations throughout Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin operating within both a wholesale and retail business model. NAPA Auto Parts stores are the largest part of MPEC Businesses and we are proud of our long-standing affiliation with NAPA since 1938. Visit our site at MPEC | NAPA for more information."
Thursday 17 June 2021
Carlin’s Bryce Aron has made the big jump from national level Formula Ford into BRDC British F3 this year, and is already well on the pace.
The 17-year-old is next up in our getting to know you feature series, where he reveals how he’s been around cars his whole life, winning the Team USA Scholarship and flat sharing with a mechanic!
Over to Bryce…
Where is your hometown and can you tell us anything interesting about where you’re from?
My hometown is Winnetka Illinois, a suburb about 25 minutes North of Chicago, IL USA.
Will you be travelling from your home country to race in British F3 or have you moved to live in the UK? If so, where in the UK will you be living?
I actually moved to the UK for this season and am living in a flat with one of the mechanics on Carlin’s British F3 team, Richard Legge, who is my teammate Zak’s lead mechanic. Our flat itself is in Farnham, just 10 minutes away from the Carlin factory. I will be overseas here in the UK for the majority of the season.
How did you first become interested in motorsport?
My family’s business is a car dealership in the States so I have always been around cars my entire life. I remember from a very young age playing around with cars and always wanting to be behind a wheel. I actually dragged my family into racing which was a very hard sell but here we are now!
Who has been your biggest career influence so far?
My mother Alyson. If it wasn’t for her I’m not sure I would be in Motorsport. I always wanted to race but thanks to her, I was able to. She’s always pushed me to be a better version of myself and has always supported my dreams.
Tell us about your career so far and how it has got you to this position in British F3 now?
After a few years of national karting in the States, I moved into F1600 at 15 for my first year in cars where I finished third. Last year I also lived in the UK, but with Cliff and Michelle Dempsey, and competed in British Formula Fords. At the end of the year I managed to win the Team USA Scholarship and compete at the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes trophy where I finished third. The scholarship itself has previously been won by Josef Newgarden, Jimmy Vasser, and Conor Daly. It’s definitely one of the highlights of my career and it was an honour representing the programme. This year I decided to move into British F3 as it seemed like the hardest championship I could do in my first year in a slicks and wings car.
Which circuit are you most looking forward to racing on?
I’m ecstatic to be going to Spa, Silverstone, and Brands this year as they all look amazing to drive and have such great histories.
What is your aim for the 2021 British F3 season?
I would say to learn as much as possible throughout the season and just to improve myself as much as I can during the year. A top five in the championship would be great but I am looking forward to making myself a better driver as I learn slicks and wings racing.
What is your biggest hidden talent?
I believe my car control, once I get adapted to a certain car. Also, maybe not necessarily a talent, but my work ethic off the track is something I am very proud of. I have committed my life to racing so I really try to improve myself as much as I can off of the track.
What are your ultimate career ambitions?
To compete at the top echelons of Motorsport in Formula 1, IndyCar, or WEC.
Fantastic Debut for Bryce Aron in BRDC Formula 3 at Brands Hatch
Bryce had a fantastic opening round in the BRDC F3 Championship Series. Bryce finished 10th, 9th and 4th in a field of 19 cars.
With the high downforce/ high aero F3 cars it is very difficult to pass on a track like the Brands Hatch GP Circuit. Bryce moved up 2 places finishing race 1 in 10th place. During Race 2 Bryce started in 11th (due to a penalty to another driver in race 1) and was able to move forward to a 9th place finish. Race 3 Bryce started in 8th position and made some bold moves, passing on the outside of turn 3 Graham Hill Bend, going over the curbing and touching the grass at the exit and a daring high speed 115 mph pass around the outside at Hawthorn turn 5 to finish just off the podium in 4th place.
“Bryce Aron (Carlin) took fourth from Grundtvig. Carlin’s American driver set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:21.933 on Lap 7,...Aron was a man on a mission, looking this way and that to move past Patterson for third place,... with two laps remaining.” The Chequered Flag
“Aron … (was) surging through the field; he started eighth and was sixth on the first lap. He gained another place on lap three and then passed Mikkel Grundtvig for fourth on lap seven. He then immediately closed on Patterson but was unable to progress onto the podium, finishing just two tenths shy, and the first car in a train behind the Scotsman.”- BRDC F3
Round two gets underway at Silverstone 26th-27th June.
Bryce rounded up his first British F3 race weekend, “I’m really happy with how we’ve progressed – I want to say thanks to the team and my engineer Jimmy and Phil at EDGE for everything we’ve done this weekend. I was able to make positions around the outside where I could. Unfortunately, we just missed out on the podium, but I’m still so pleased with the result.”
Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey
Written by Carlin
Carlin is pleased to confirm that 2020 Team U.S.A. Scholarship winner, Bryce Aron will complete the team’s BRDC British Formula Three line-up for the 2021 season. The 17-year-old American joins Carlin after being the first driver in Team USA’s 30-year history to finish with a podium and a top five in the two iconic Formula Ford events – the Walter Hayes Trophy and Formula Ford Festival.
US driver on the rise - bryce aRon by peter Windsor
impressive Podium finish for Aron Walter Hayes Trophy
SILVERSTONE, England (November 1, 2020) – Bryce Aron produced two excellent performances today at a treacherously slick Silverstone National circuit on his way to a third-place finish in the Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Final behind veterans Oliver White and Neil Maclennan. Aron, who started ninth, became the fourth Team USA Scholarship driver to stand on the overall podium in the last seven years, following in the footsteps of Michai Stephens (2014), Oliver Askew (‘16) and Scott Huffaker (‘19) – in addition to the trio of victories earned by Conor Daly (‘08), Connor De Phillippi (‘09) and Tristan Nunez (‘12). - Team USA Scholarship
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Bryce Aron takes Top 5 in Formula Ford Festival Grand Final, Podium in Semi-Final
Top-Five for Aron, Top-10 for Lee in Dramatic Formula Ford Festival
WEST KINGSDOWN, England (October 25, 2020) – This weekend’s 49th annual BRSCC Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch truly lived up to expectations as a trio of young Americans played their part in providing some exceptional racing action in extremely tricky conditions.
Bryce Aron, from Winnetka, Ill., looked set for at least a podium finish in his Team USA Scholarship/Low Dempsey Ray. The 17-year-old ran strongly in third place until being elbowed down to fifth following a late-race Safety Car interruption. - Team USA Scholarship
Formula Ford Festival Semi-Final Podium Interview