Mark Motors Racing has signed Roman De Angelis to its team for the 2017 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season.
Just one week shy of his 16th birthday, De Angelis, from Belle River, Ontario, has been given a set of keys for a Porsche GT3 Cup car. De Angelis will be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, Canadian drivers to compete in the IMSA-sanctioned Single-Make Series.
“I am so honored to be part of the Mark Motors racing team this year,” De Angelis said. “The idea of racing a GT3 Cup has always been a dream of mine. It is the best birthday gift I could have ever have imagined.
"I am so glad I will be running with Marco Cirone, Mark Motors Racing driver who I have known for over 10 years. My first Cup car lap was with him at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during our 6thGear track day event. From that point on, I knew this was the direction I wanted to pursue. Zach Robichon, another Mark Motors Racing driver, was also a huge help to me last year while racing with Brian Graham Racing in the F1600 series. I am so excited to have two great mentors and coaches as teammates this year.”
De Angelis, son of veteran IMSA Prototype Challenge by Mazda competitor Max De Angelis, also will continue to compete in the Canadian F1600 series under the Brian Graham banner. He was Rookie of the Year in 2016 in that series. De Angelis also won a 2015 Canadian national karting championship.
“We have been watching Roman’s progression over the past few years, in both karting and under Brian Graham in the F1600 series, and have been very impressed with his level of commitment and success in those respective series,” Mark Motors Racing Team Principal Liza Mrak said. “Having competed recently in a 500-mile endurance race with co-driver and Mark Motors driver Marco Cirone, it was evident from their impressive second-place result that Roman displayed the maturity needed to compete at this level. We are excited to have him as part of the Mark Motors family and joining our stellar lineup of Marco Cirone and Zach Robichon, both of whom have been part of Roman’s progression over the past few years.”
Said Roman De Angelis: “I cannot thank everyone at Mark Motors enough for this opportunity and am looking forward to a very competitive and successful 2017 season. I have been blessed throughout my racing career to have the support of great people, such as Koene USA, Brian Graham, 6th Gear, ANSA Motorsports and, of course, my father, who has stood by me in all aspects of motorsports and has helped me find that balance between my racing career and my school activities.”