Tuh-Dhuh Ladies and Germs', it's Showtime Once Again. With another Mesmerizing NifStar Trophy selection...
Continuing with Thy Theme of choosing winners from the Indy Lights ranks; Can Anybody still recall the 2017 Lights season? Nonetheless, I chose the Driver who I found to be the most entertaining Newcomer from that year's fairly Stout Lights class, which eventually featured five of its Drivers Graduating to the B-I-G' Dance, nee Indy Cars.
Nico Jamin , Age: 23
Born: December 5, 1995
Birthplace: Rouen, France
7th Overall, Indy Lights; 3 Wins
2015 U.S. F2000 Championship
Nico originally was focused upon becoming a professional Tennis player, but after twelve years of tennis, at Age 15 experienced knee problems and upon watching his Father racing cars, decided to change career trajectories towards motor racing instead.
Jamin made his Professional Single Seater Debut in 2014 with Belardi Auto Racing and Pabst Racing Services, before Dominating the 2015 U.S. F2000 season with 10 wins in 15 starts for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.
In 2016, having won Automatic entry into the Pro Mazda series, Jamin won two races en route to third Overall in the Championship before being signed by Andretti Autosport for the 2017 Indy Lights season.
As the 2017 Lights season comprised six Teams with 14 Fulltime Drivers competing, including the likes of Andretti Autosport's Rookie Colton Herta, Carlin's Zachary Claman DeMelo and Rookie Matheus Leist.
Juncos Racing's Kyle Kiser won the Lights Championship in his third campaign, whilst Team Pelfrey's Pato O'Ward made his Rookie Debut in a partial season outing, contesting the season's first two Double Header events before focusing upon his "Day Job" in IMSA's Prototype Challenge (PC) Class. With All of these drivers eventually graduating to Indy Cars.
Albeit Kiser & Claman DeMelo ran just a partial season last year, whilst Herta & O'Ward made their series debuts at Season's end, now set to make their Fulltime series Debut's. With Claman DeMelo now returning to Indy Lights in 2019 for another crack at the series championship's $1.0m prize - including automatic entry to the 2020 Indy 500; but I digress...
And although Nico was the second highest placed driver from Andretti Autosport's four car Armada, pipped by Herta's third place overall in 2017. The Frenchman who scored three wins in Lights, tied with Leist for most Wins. Also suffered four DNf's - causing him to finish Mid-pack in his Rookie campaign. And apparently either due to lack of finances? Since I'm not privy to why, Jamin headed back Across thou Puddle.
For 2018, Nico, who's apparently known as Nicolas abroad, joined the Blancpain GT Series. Driving for Aka ASP Team Mercedes, behind the wheel of an AMG Mercedes GT3 racecar and had decent results towards season's end.
As it was Bloody Hell trying to find out which exact Blancpaine Team Nico's competing for, albeit I found his Driver page below...
2017: Nico Jamin
2016: Zach Veach
2015: Shawn Rayhall
2014: Jack Harvey
2013: Conor Daly
2012: Tristan Nunez
Inaugural Award Winner
2007: Marcus Wilkinson