(November 11, 2013) Ottawa, Canada- Out of the 33 invitees, it was really a two horse race between the youngest ever participant in the ICA, Harry Steenbakkers, and Michai Stephens from Evanston Ill., a 22 yr old veteran in his second attempt at the Academy.
Steenbakkers topped the other two Canadians in the field, Blake Yaworski and Ron Castillo, who finished respectively in seventh and tenth out of the 33 finalists. Out of the four sessions, Steenbakkers posted fastest and average times earning him four podium results (3/2/1/2) allowing him to firmly secure second place and earning $15,000 in Scholarship funds from Skip Barber.
For the 15 year-old Ottawa, ON resident, plans for 2014 are underway already.
“I think I am going to use the funds to participate in the Formula Race Series at three or four of the tracks I haven’t had a chance yet to compete. The top ones on my list are VIR, Mid Ohio, Road Atlanta and Road America.”
“I am also planning on competing in CASC-OR events in Formula Ford and possibly GT challenge. I also plan on running a few ChumpCar series enduro races. In one weekend I will get four plus hours of seat time, with plenty of opportunity to work on my race craft.”
By the end of 2014, Steenbakkers hopes with his first full race season under his belt and at the age of 16 acquire his full FIA National Race Licence in order to move up to pro series type events in 2015 and beyond.
“I have learned a lot this year and know that I can compete at this and any level and plan on continuing my path to become a pro driver. My goal is to the participating in professional events like Grand Am by the age of 20.”
From: Steenbakkers Racing