AFTER a fruitful off-season of testing and training, Kildare race car driver James Roe, from Naas, is primed and ready for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 Championship season opener this weekend, in tandem with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Roe will take the wheel of the #3 Topcon/Trintech Indy Pro 2000 car as a series rookie, and newcomer to the Road to Indy ladder. The 22-year-old formula racer had a good run during the official Spring Training last week where he ended up with the second fastest lap time in Session 2, setting him up with a solid starting point for Rounds 1 and 2 this weekend.
“I am extremely excited to be making my Indy Pro 2000 debut this weekend,” said Roe. “Over the course of the winter, I worked extremely hard to put myself in the best possible position to perform – that is from both a team and personal standpoint. We are looking very strong and are happy with the way in which we prepared. A special thanks to all my partners who have put me in this position. It’s going to be great to have the fans back as well. Tickets for this weekend are sold out, so I’m looking forward to having a great crowd there to support us.”
Roe has also announced a new partnership with the global financial software pioneers, Trintech, for the 2021 racing season. Roe, will carry the Trintech logo on his No 3 Tatuus PM-18 as a tribute to speed and accuracy – two vital elements in the success of both the financial close and auto racing.
Trintech originated in Trinity College Dublin, and is now fronted by Darren Heffernan, who is also from Kildare
“I am really excited to welcome Trintech on board for this coming season,” said Roe. “To have a partner such as Trintech that shares the same belief and understanding that we do in motorsport of the importance of accuracy and speed is very valuable. Like in the financial close, both factors play such a role in the outcome of a racing season, so much so that we rely heavily on technology to advance our performance in both areas. With the similarities in our worlds, this partnership is a natural fit. I’m looking forward to working together with Darren (Heffernan) and all of the Trintech team.”
Trintech, a leading provider of Financial Corporate Performance Management (FCPM) software, has an outstanding portfolio of cloud-based software solutions that are used by over 3,500 customers worldwide – including the majority of the Fortune 100 – to manage all aspects of the financial close process.
Turn 3 Motorsport enjoyed a successful Indy Pro 2000 rookie season in 2020, finishing third overall in the championship with Roe as their primary Indy Pro 2000 driver in 2021.
“We are really looking forward to the first event of the year at Barber,” said Team Owner Peter Dempsey, originally from Ashbourne in Co Meath.
“We have had a busy off-season preparing the drivers for the first race of the year. This will be our second full year in Indy Pro 2000, and I couldn’t be happier to have James Roe leading the line for our team. He is ready for the challenge ahead of him. All of the drivers are ready to go, and I know the team members are ready to go, too. Our goal will be to focus on ourselves all year and not allow any distractions from outside of our team. If we all stay focused on our jobs, the results will come. We are ready to get this season started.”
You can follow James Roe’s progress throughout the season on the pages of the Kildare Nationalist