Nathan Washam moves up to Ocean Sprints for 2013
Team press release
Santa Cruz, Calif. – Nathan Washam will join Ocean Speedway’s Taco Bravo 360 car series for 2013, sponsored by ESP Engineering of Carson City, Nev.
Company founder Mark Beck, a 16 year veteran in motorsports, signed the 15-year-old Washam to pilot the ESP house car for the 17-race series.
“I think this is a great opportunity for Nathan and ESP,” Beck said. “This year’s goal is to expand our racing business and provide Nathan an opportunity for rookie honors. His attitude and appearance as well as his driving skills make him a great representative for our products and services.”
Although Washam has more than a decade of racing experience, this will be his first full season in a winged sprint car.
Starting when he was 4 1/2, Washam’s development years culminated with his first sprint car feature win in front of a near sellout crowd during the Johnny Key Memorial race in August, 2012.
Racing quarter midgets, go-karts and micro mini sprints through his pre-teen years, Washam has learned that winning is an attitude, that powers his talent and experience. Winning races on both oval tracks and road courses not only demonstrates his versatility but also his ability to instantly adapt to conditions and circumstances.
“I think this will be an important year for me,” Washam said. “My mom and dad along with my grandparents have all made sacrifices to help me reach this next step towards a professional career in racing.”
A second generation racer, Beck earned his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. Beck founded ESP, or Engineering Solution Professionals in 2011 to focus on the racing market.
ESP provides services in vintage engine and chassis restoration, engine dyno services, custom machine work, chassis and component design, welding and fabrication, data acquisition, race equipment, driver development and 360 or 410 engine rental programs
“We chose Ocean Speedway because the Taco Bravo series is considered one of the most competitive on the west coast,” Beck said. “I really like the facility. It offers Nathan the opportunity to pit himself against some of the best sprint car drivers on the west coast without the expense of traveling around the western states.”
Beck and Washam will begin their quest for success March 29 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds ¼ mile clay oval in Watsonville, Calif.