Rising American racing star Cam Das will compete in the 2019 Euroformula Open championship with the iconic British racing team Fortec Motorsport. The highly competitive Formula Three car-based championship features eight Formula One venues through Europe and also the legendary Pau Grand Prix street circuit.
Das, the 2016 F4 United States champion, made the move to Fortec ahead of the 2019 season after completing an extensive off-season development program. Fortec’s Euroformula Open team continues its commitment to the championship with the same team members who in the past achieved great success in European Formula 3, including notable drivers such as Marcus Ericsson, Felix Seralles, and Pipo Derani.
A recent strong contender & race winner in New Zealand’s highly competitive Castrol Toyota Racing Series, Cameron is eager to build on his performance and carry momentum into the 2019 European racing season.
“I’ve had a productive couple of years transitioning to European racing, and for that I give considerable credit to my partnership with Carlin. Going forward, we believe the time has come to return to the Euroformula Open for a strong campaign which will hopefully end with us as the 2019 title holders. The championship provides many learning opportunities for the driver, and massive exposure for sponsors.
During the Fortec winter development program we made tremendous progress as a team. Throughout the program we improved the car, and I learned how to best adapt my driving style to the Dallara F312. The new engine and weight rules in the Euroformula Open championship are extremely interesting, and it quickly became clear why it is important to partner with someone like Fortec’s Chief Engineer, Mick Kouros. His knowledge and experience with the Formula 3 car is second to none. Many of the lessons learned during the development program I could immediately apply in the Toyota Racing Series.
I am eager for my return to European racing after my time off, and I’ll be ready to hit the ground running at the first round of the season,” said Cam.
Regarding Cam’s addition to the Fortec team for the upcoming season, Team Principal Richard Dutton said:
“We are very excited to have Cam join the Fortec family. We have been closely following his progress ever since his dominant win of the inaugural US F4 championship, and we are sure that by joining our development program, he will be able to maximize his learning and contend for the Euroformula Open championship.
Cam has a very good feel for the car and a high level of technical knowledge not typically found at this level of racing. Cam also has a great head on his shoulders, and we are proud to be part of his journey towards F1. Although proud of his American roots, he humbly represents himself as a global citizen, which is a testament to his character. I am confident he is the driver we have been missing to be able to challenge for the top spots–especially after watching his exciting performances in New Zealand where he led the championship in pulling off 35 incredible overtakes!”
The first race of the 2019 Euroformula Open championship takes place at the Paul Ricard Circuit – the home of the 2019 French Formula 1 Grand Prix in the last weekend of April. All races will be broadcasted live on Youtube on the official Euroformula Open channel.