Newman Wachs Racing announced the signing of 18-year old racer Andre Castro for the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda season.
Castro will team with fellow American Dakota Dickerson for NWR, the team bearing the name of late actor and former Indy car team co-owner Paul Newman that is returning to the open-wheel ranks this year.
“We ran Andre in our first test at Indy last October and we had some success with him right from the start,” said Brian Halahan, NWR team manager. “He was fast and he worked well with the team, so I feel we can build on that and have him running strong as soon as he is back in the Newman Wachs car. I think Andre and Dakota will make good teammates and push each other to the front.”
Castro, a New York City native whose parents are Colombian immigrants, began racing go-karts at the age of 7, winning his first race. In 2016, he advanced to racing cars and accumulated three wins, six poles and 10 podiums in the Skip Barber Championship Series. He drove for NWR at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test for Mazda Road to Indy competitors in October, posting the fastest lap of the final USF2000 session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
“I am thrilled to be a part of Newman Wachs’ return to open-wheel racing,” said Castro. “After working with the team closely in the weeks leading up to the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at Indy last fall, I saw that the team was incredibly serious about coming back and winning straight out of the gate.”