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Courtney Crone Posts Final Thoughts On 2016 Season

Courtney Crone with her dad, Jack Crone as they take in an evening of motor culture movie watching at The Petersen Automotive Museum. This Friday night featured the six race road racing documentary that tells the story of just how Monterey Car Week in August, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, got started.   Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2016)

Courtney Crone Posts Final Thoughts On 2016 Season

Southern California motorsports phenom, fifteen year old Courtney Crone, posted this short message on her Facebook page this weekend with the following: 

That's a wrap on the 2016 midget season!

Made it to the TNGP main and didn't have the best results but learned a ton.

5th in overall points and Rookie of the Year for USAC Western States midgets.

@rodelafab has made this an unforgettable year and has taught me so much!

Already missin it.. #TNGP #Thankful #212


Courtney Crone as she finishes her season. Image Credit: Sprint Car Scotty (2016)

For those who may not be familiar with Courtney's background, she has been an active competitor in many forms of motorsport beginning from a very early age. At age 13, she was a standout competitor piloting powerful, brakeless, speedway dirt motorcycles and was seen at tracks throughout Southern California. Courtney showed a talent for competition through winning 12 Speedway main events and capturing 2 Youth Speedway Bike Championships.

This excerpted and edited from World Speed Motorsports - 

Courtney Crone Secures 2017 VMB Driver Development Racing Scholarship
By: Milazzo - Posted on November 15, 2016 

The WSM Rising Star Awards have been provided to up and coming championship caliber racers for over 20 years. Past award recipients have gone on to race in Formula One, win races in NASCAR, win the 24 Hours or Daytona and 12 Hours Sebring, and secure the Indy Lights Championship.

This year there were four recipients chosen to test with World Speed Motorsports. For the fourth consecutive season VMB Driver Development was co-sponsoring the test, and would select one driver to receive a scholarship into the 2017 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear in a GEN2 FormulaSPEED.


"Our big goal is Indy Cars", said Courtney Crone during the VMB Driver Development Scholarship test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. "The Mazda Road To Indy is a great way to get there, we’re keeping it on the open-wheel route." Image Credit World Speed Motorsports (2016)

15-year-old Courtney Crone, from Corona, California, was the driver selected to represent VMB in 2017. “All the drivers did incredibly well, as we expected they would,” noted WSM Team Owner Telo Stewart. “It is great that we were able to provide the testing opportunity to these young racers, and help them learn more about working alongside industry professionals. We expect to see great things from this year’s award winners, based on what we have seen from our past selections. We are also excited to add Courtney to the team for 2017, and look forward to working with her next season!”
(Reference Here >>>)


Engine: Mazdaspeed MZR
Horsepower: 200
Gearbox: Hewland 6 speed sequential with reverse. No-lift shift
Weight: 1250 with driver
Data system: Cosworth ECU / Aim EVO4 with steering wheel display
Tires: Goodyear Racing
Chassis: 4130 advanced space frame enveloped by Kevlar
Suspension: Pushrod actuated inboard double adjustable Ohlins dampers

Available since: 2016

NOTE: Some of the past winners of the VMB Driver Development Racing Scholarship have included - Scott Speed - Andretti Autosport, Joey Hand - Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Sage Karam , Joel Miller - Mazdaspeed Motorsports, Cole Whitt, Michael Self , Conor Daly, Ryan Phinny, & Neil Alberico.

High-fives all around to a successful 2016 season, and great continuing goal accomplishments wished during 2017 to Courtney Crone as she pursues knowledge in open-wheel racing and competition. 

... notes from The EDJE

TAGS: Courtney Crone, #TNGP, #Thankful, #212, 2016, Rookie of the Year, USAC Western States, VMB Driver Development Racing Scholarship, World Speed Motorsports


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