The new Beyer Racing team has made its Rolex Series debut after taking to the track with the #19 Ford Crawford on the opening day of testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The team's lead driver will be 18-year-old Jared Beyer, with 21-year-old Daniel Herrington sharing the car with Beyer on Monday. European touring car driver Maria de Vilotta will also test in the #19 car today.
Beyer is a recent high school graduate from Texas and has captured a number of karting titles in his young career. Beyer's auto racing career has been bolstered with coaching from sports car star Davy Jones.
“Just getting used to driving around the cars is a big switch, but a lot of fun,” he said. “You've got to figure out who's going to give you room and who's not going to give you room, and where you can and can't pass while you're out there.
“You've got to be really careful in the corners, because the car's a lot bigger than you think it is, and try to give everyone as much room as they give you.”
The first day was a successful one for the team, save for one instance in the afternoon session – with Herrington behind the wheel – when debris cut down the Ford Crawford's right rear tire. The car escaped the spin with no damage and returned to the track fairly quickly.
The team's goals include running the full season in Rolex Series competition with Beyer as the fulltime driver. His co-driver has yet to be announced.