Ryan Tveter has become Carlin’s third confirmed driver for the 2015 FIA European Formula 3 Championship, joining his fellow American Gustavo Menezes and Briton George Russell.
Tveter took a rather unconventional route into motorsport, starting late and not racing at all in karting before making his debut in 2011 aged seventeen in F1600 that supported the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing tenth.
The twenty-year-old New Yorker moves up from the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship where he finished ninth in the standings in 2014 driving for Josef Kaufmann Racing, and also raced the first six rounds of the Eurocup series before injury ruled him out of the finale.
“It feels great to be joining Carlin for the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship,” said Tveter. “My first time in the F3 car was with Carlin at Silverstone at the beginning of December. I immediately felt very comfortable in the car and the team’s professionalism and experience really helped me to be very quick straight away.
“There were a lot of drivers going after the same seats so competition in testing was intense, but I am so pleased to have earned a spot. Moving up to F3 with the most successful team in junior single seater racing is a great milestone and I’m working very hard for the season ahead.”
Racing Director Trevor Carlin believed Tveter proved himself significantly during testing to warrant taking one of the six Carlin drives on offer for the 2015 season.
“I have to say that we have been very impressed with Ryan’s performance so far,” said Carlin. “Not only was his pace very good, but Ryan also has a great approach and attitude. He wants to learn and he wants to win. We believe with Ryan’s work ethic and application he will be a competitive driver this season, despite being so early in his racing career.
“We had to make tough choices again this year as we were looking at a lot of talented drivers, and only had six seats for FIA F3. Ryan proved himself very well in winter testing and we are excited to build on that for the season ahead.”