Matt Young Motorsports

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Matt Young Motorsports is a professional auto racing organization with corporate offices based in Bryan, Texas. MYM first launched operations in the Infiniti Pro Series (now known as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires) in 2004. Debuting at Indianapolis, the team and 18 year old team owner Matt Young were formally featured by the Indy Racing League and its TV partner ESPN on the ESPN2 broadcast of the Texas 100 at Young's "home race", the season finally at Texas Motor Speedway. At the time, Young was officially recognized as the youngest team owner in major auto racing history at 18 years, 209 days. The team's driver Jon Herb would go on to finish just outside of the top 5 in 7th position after staying with the lead pack most of the race.[1][2]

The following season, on the heals of a podium finish in the opening round of the 2005 Infiniti Pro Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway the team and Herb would go on to its first professional race victory in the Phoenix 100 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 19. They would leave Phoenix leading the series driver points standings heading into the 3rd round at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Experiencing the ultimate contrast of highs and lows, the team reluctantly parted ways with its winning chief mechanic after a major oversight caused Herb to crash in multiple sessions over the course of the St. Petersburg race weekend, ultimately placing the team in a disappointing 13th finishing position after its only crash related DNF of the season. Unfortunately Herb and MYM would never regain its early season momentum or the top spot in the series points standings and would be plagued by a series of engine and mechanical failures from that point on. For the rest of 2005, the MYM squad would come close to the podium on a few occasions, but fail to reach it again.[3][4]

After a slow start to the 2006 Indy Pro Series season that would see the team finish outside of the top 5 in the first 6 races of the year, Matt Young Motorsports mutually agreed to part ways with its Chief Engineer and driver Jon Herb.

In 2011, after nearly a 5-year hiatus from professional motorsport, MYM added professional soccer player Heath Pearce as a partner as it prepared to make the switch to Sports Car racing. Competing in Grand-Am Road Racing's Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge, the team campaigned Porsche 997's in the Grand Sport (GS) class debuting rookie co-drivers at Barber Motorsports Park; Andy Lee, a professional driving instructor at the famed Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, and BestIT CEO Harry Curtin.[5][6][7]

In 2012 Matt Young Motorsports moved to the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car (TC) Championship campaigning two Mazda RX-8's. The team finished in the top 10 in every race it entered with both cars with the exception of one mechanical DNF for J.D. Mobley in race 3 at Miller Motorsports Park. Between its 2 entry's, MYM collected 4 top 5's in 6 races.[8]

In 2013 the team launched an effort to market and support Camp Quality USA, a nonprofit organisation that serves pediatric cancer patients and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship at no cost, along with a week at one of 15 summer camps across 12 states for its more than 900 participants. MYM initially decided to continue its relationship with Mazda and returned to Pirelli World Challenge with the intent to campaign Mazda MX-5's in the Touring Car championship with top pro GT class driver Mike Skeen behind the wheel. But after significant mechanical gremlins cost the team a chance to compete in all 3 rounds of the touring car season's opening race weekend at Circuit of the Americas, the team abandoned the new MX-5 project. They would return to competition later that year however, with two Honda Fit Touring Car B-Spec (TCB) racecars entered in the season ending rounds at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. The team took 2 podiums and 2 top 5's between its entry's between the events two races.[9][10]

The team has been fairly mum about its 2014 plans but rumors have surfaced that the team may be looking to move up and compete in GT class racing after the team's executive leadership attended an official Pirelli Tire Test at Circuit of the Americas in December. The team is known to currently have 3 Volkswagen Jetta racecars eligible for competition in Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championship, or the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.[11]

Pirelli World Challenge[edit]

Year Car # Driver Sponsor Make/Model Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2012 97 J D Mobley Global Barter Corporation/iTraycer/MYM Mazda RX-8 TC United States
STP1
United States
STP2
United States
MMP1
5
United States
MMP2
4
United States
MMP3
12
United States
LAG
Canada
CTMP1
DNS
Canada
CTMP2
DNS
Canada
CTMP3
DNS
United States
MidO1
United States
MidO2
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
SNM3
- -
2012 98 Tommy Boileau Global Barter Corporation/iTraycer/MYM Mazda RX-8 TC United States
STP1
United States
STP2
United States
MMP1
8
United States
MMP2
8
United States
MMP3
8
United States
LAG
Canada
CTMP1
Canada
CTMP2
Canada
CTMP3
United States
MidO1
United States
MidO2
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
SNM3
- -
2012 97 Marlin Langeveldt GoopyPerf/iTraycer/MYM Mazda RX-8 TC United States
STP1
United States
STP2
United States
MMP1
United States
MMP2
United States
MMP3
United States
LAG
Canada
CTMP1
10
Canada
CTMP2
4
Canada
CTMP3
7
United States
MidO1
United States
MidO2
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
SNM3
- -
2012 98 Steve Blethen MYM/iTraycer Mazda RX-8 TC United States
STP1
United States
STP2
United States
MMP1
United States
MMP2
United States
MMP3
United States
LAG
Canada
CTMP1
9
Canada
CTMP2
5
Canada
CTMP3
6
United States
MidO1
United States
MidO2
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
SNM3
- -
2013 5 Mike Skeen Camp Quality USA/MYM Mazda MX-5 TC United States
COTA1
MEC
United States
COTA2
MEC
United States
COTA3
MEC
United States
LRP1
United States
LRP2
United States
LRP3
Canada
TOR1
Canada
TOR2
United States
MidO1
United States
MidO2
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
HOU1
United States
HOU2
- -
2013 81 Joel Lipperini Camp Quality USA/RaceLabz/MYM Honda Fit TCB United States
COTA1
6
United States
COTA2
4
United States
COTA3
4
United States
LRP1
18
United States
LRP2
5
United States
LRP3
1
Canada
TOR1
1
Canada
TOR2
3
United States
MidO1
3
United States
MidO2
4
United States
SNM1
4
United States
SNM2
3
United States
HOU1
2
United States
HOU2
2
2nd 1352
2013 32 Jonathan Baker Camp Quality USA/32Racing.net/MYM Honda Fit TCB United States
COTA1
12
United States
COTA2
8
United States
COTA3
7
United States
LRP1
United States
LRP2
United States
LRP3
Canada
TOR1
Canada
TOR2
United States
MidO1
6
United States
MidO2
10
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
HOU1
5
United States
HOU2
4
11th 589
Years Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Championships
2 33 2 2 5 23 0

[12] [13] [14] [15]

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Driver Sponsor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2004 Jon Herb Aercon/Old Republic International/Matt Young Motorsports United States
HMS
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
26
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
PPIR
United States
CHI
United States
FON
6
United States
TXS
7
18th 67
2005 Jon Herb Aercon/Fossil, Inc./Matt Young Motorsports United States
HMS
3
United States
PHX
1
United States
STP
11
United States
INDY
13
United States
TXS
7
United States
IMS
9
United States
NSH
6
United States
MIL
4
United States
KTY
11
United States
PPIR
11
United States
SNM
9
United States
CHI
4
United States
WGL
11
United States
FON
9
7th 364
2006 Jon Herb Aercon United States
HMS
6
United States
STP1
13
United States
STP2
9
United States
INDY
19
United States
WGL
8
United States
IMS
8
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
KTY
United States
SNM1
United States
SNM2
United States
CHI
11th 126
Years Races Poles Front Row Starts Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 5's
(Non-podium)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Championships
3 23 0 1 1 1 2 13 0

[16]

2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season[edit]

Year Car # Drivers Sponsor Make/Model Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2011 88 Fraser Wellon/Barry Ellis Hop A Jet Worldwide Jet Charter Porsche 997 GS United States
DIS
United States
HMI
12
United States
BMP
United States
VIR
United States
LRP
United States
WGI
United States
RAM
United States
LAG
United States
NJMP
United States
MidO
2011 89 Frank Rossi/Marcelo Abello Hop A Jet Worldwide Jet Charter Porsche 997 GS United States
DIS
United States
HMI
19
United States
BMP
United States
VIR
United States
LRP
United States
WGI
United States
RAM
United States
LAG
United States
NJMP
United States
MidO
2011 88 Jeff Courtney/Barry Ellis Hop A Jet Worldwide Jet Charter/Kenda/RecStuff.com Porsche 997 GS United States
DIS
United States
HMI
United States
BMP
23
United States
VIR
United States
LRP
United States
WGI
United States
RAM
United States
LAG
United States
NJMP
United States
MidO
2011 89 Harry Curtin/Andy Lee BestIT/Matt Young Motorsports with/Heath Pearce Porsche 997 GS United States
DIS
United States
HMI
United States
BMP
26
United States
VIR
United States
LRP
United States
WGI
United States
RAM
United States
LAG
United States
NJMP
United States
MidO
DNS
Years Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Championships
1 4 0 0 0 0 0

[17] [18]

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