By: Ashley McCubbin
After spending the past nine years in karting, Thomas Nepveu will make the move into the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with Cape Motorsports. The Canadian recently spoke to NEWS FROM THE PITS about his ambitions for 2021.
ASHLEY MCCUBBIN: What are your thoughts going into the year?
THOMAS NEPVEU: I hope that it goes well. I will give my best to learn as much as possible and get some good results by the end of the year. I know the first few races are going to be a work in progress moving up from karting to cars, but I am going to do my best to learn as much as possible.
ASHLEY: Why did you choose USF2000 for the next step of your career?
THOMAS: I think it’s a great program with the Road to Indy with the scholarship. It helps the driver less fortunate and a good program overall.
ASHLEY: What are your goals and expectations?
THOMAS: I will try to score as many top-fives’s as possible and hope get some hardware by the end of the year, and focus on learning as much as possible and working with the team.
ASHLEY: What track are you most excited for on the schedule?
THOMAS: I am going to say Toronto because it’s near where I live and it’s a street circuit.
ASHLEY: How did you get started in racing?
THOMAS: I started racing go-karts when I was six and a half years old, and I went to kart racing because before that, I was racing motorcross and my mother thought it was too dangerous. So my mother tried to find an alternative to my adrenaline rush in going fast with something having an engine and that’s when she found karting.
ASHLEY: What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?
THOMAS: I would say 2016, winning the SuperKarts USA Nats in Las Vegas in Mini Swift.
ASHLEY: What would it mean to you to race in IndyCar one day?
THOMAS: That would mean the world to me. It’s a dream and I hope I can represent Canada in IndyCar and get good results there.
ASHLEY: Who is your racing hero?
THOMAS: That’s a great question. I would say I look up to Oliver Askew a lot. I mean, he went through the Road to Indy program, raced for the same team that I was with in karting, and raced for Cape Motorsports in USF and he made it to IndyCar, and he won the Rolex 24 Hours – so I look up to him a lot.