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DEForce Racing confirms Clark for full USF Pro 2000 programme

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

DEForce Racing has confirmed Mac Clark will step up to USF Pro 2000 full-time with them next year.

The 19-year-old was champion of Ontario’s Toyo Tires Formula 1600 championship in 2020, then in Formula 4 the next year was runner-up in the YACademy Winter Series and the USA’s national championship.

For 2022 he signed with DEForce and in USF Juniors, which used F4 cars at the time, he won five races en route to the title. When he stepped up to USF2000 for its season finale he ended up winning a race.

A full season in the series with DEForce followed in 2023, and Clark came fifth in the standings with two wins and two poles. He made his USFP2000 debut in its penultimate round at Circuit of the Americas, and after claiming pole he finished second and third in the weekend’s two races and set the fastest lap in both.

Clark joined Formula Scout’s podcast in the off-season and spoke about his now-confirmed 2024 plans. He is DEForce’s second signing alongside Nicholas Monteiro.

“Reuniting with DEForce Racing in USFP2000 marks a significant step forward in my journey towards IndyCar,” said Clark.

“Racing isn’t just a passion – it’s a way of life for me. Between chasing an engineering degree, relentless training, and off-track work, I eat, sleep and breathe motorsport. The USFP2000 car is an absolute beast and we showed on my debut that I’m ready for the challenge in 2024.”

In USF2000, Pabst Racing has announced Sam Corry and Max Garcia for 2024 while Velocity Racing Development has made Max Taylor its first signing.

Corry is switching allegiance from VRD, who he won a race and finished seventh in the standings with this year. More than that, his route into cars was assisted by VRD’s academy.

He came fourth in the 2022 YACademy WS then was USF Juniors runner-up behind Clark with three wins. His 2024 aim “is to fight for the [USF2000] championship”.

Garcia came ninth in USF2000 this year in what was his rookie car racing campaign, and missed round one due to not yet being 14 years old. When he made the step up from junior karting with Pabst he finished sixth, and later in the season took two podiums.

“Max showed tremendous pace right from the start of the 2023 season, netting some excellent qualifying and race results,” said team owner Augie Pabst. “I’m looking forward to seeing him put all his knowledge and experience from 2023 towards consistent results that will put him right in the championship fight for 2024.”

The 16-year-old Taylor also made the transition from junior karting to single-seaters at the start of 2023, and did so with VRD as an academy member. A win and two second places made him YACademy WS runner-up, and in the series he raced USF Juniors’ new car. He then moved into USF Juniors itself, taking a win and two other podiums en route to sixth in the standings.

Taylor also did three USF2000 rounds with VRD, and came 18th in the standings with a best finish of sixth.