Fast track to success

Top: Perth racer Anthony Martin with some of his US end-of-season |trophies. Above: Martin behind the wheel.
Fast track to success
Top: Perth racer Anthony Martin with some of his US end-of-season |trophies. Above: Martin behind the wheel.

That�s because the 20-year-old has been one of the brightest stars on the US motorsport scene, where he finished in the top five 13 times in 16 races and ended his first season there as Rookie of the Year and winner of the coveted Spirit Award.

He made the podium five times with three second- and two third-place finishes, and ended up fourth in the 2015 championship.

�What a year it has been,� the tall, modest driver said after jetting in from Los Angeles last week.

�I have really had a great time racing in the States and the year has gone extremely well. My goal was to finish in the top 10 and to have finished fourth well exceeded my expectations.�

Martin, who won the WA and national karting titles and the WA Formula Ford title before heading to the US, set his sights on competing in Indycar.

He signed with the respected Indianapolis-based John Cummiskey Racing team to compete in USF2000, the first step on the Mazda Road to Indy program.

�Martin�s performance far exceeded expectation,� Cummiskey said.

The single-seat USF2000 racers are Mazda-based and the series is contested by young drivers from all parts of the globe, all fighting for a place in Indycar. The series has a vast US fan and national TV audience following and often runs as a curtain-raiser to Indy Lights, and Martin shone not only as a committed driver, but also as an ambassador for Australia.

Martin was also thrilled to win the Spirit Award, the US equivalent of Australia�s �best and fairest�.