Jack Mitchell Jr is an 18 year old American open wheel race car driver from Chicago, IL working his way up to becoming a successful IndyCar driver. Jack began driving race cars when he was 14 with no previous karting experience. Within a year, he received "Most Improved" honors in the Skip Barber Summer Series, with several wins. He also began driving in the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series. He finished 3rd overall with the "Rookie of the Year" award, collecting a win and six podiums. By age 16, Jack finished as the vice champion in the 2012 Skip Barber Summer Series, securing a record six wins and eighteen podiums in twenty races. He was also selected for the Team USA Scholarship to go over to England to compete in the Brands Hatch Formula Ford festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy Race where he earned 5th and 10th place finishes respectively, while earning a pole position and a pre-final win at Brands Hatch. Last year, Jack secured sponsorship with Sparco, Honda, and Spectrum. He was a lead driver of the Canadian team, Exclusive Autosport, and won the overall championship. This year, Jack is piloting a Spectrum/Honda #93 car with Exclusive Autosport in the highly competitive US F1600 series.
- September 4th, 2014: Podium at Thompson
Thompson, CT – The Exclusive Autosport duo of Thomas McGregor and Jack Mitchell Jr. took home a podium each in their respective races this past weekend at Thompson Speedway. McGregor scored a third and fourth in the F2000 Championship Series events, while Mitchell. Jr finished third in the second F1600 Formula F Championship Series race of the weekend.
The F1600 side of the Exclusive Autosport operation had Mitchell Jr. missing pole for Saturday’s race by just over a tenth of a second, giving the No. 93 Exclusive Autosport / Spectrum / Sparco / Exclusive Management Inc. / Honda Racing HPD entry the outside of the front row. Mitchell Jr. would briefly challenge for the lead on the run to turn one, but it wouldn’t be a repeat performance of his Pittsburgh victory earlier in the month, as his day ended early with an incident.
Looking for redemption a day later, Mitchell Jr. hunted down the lead at Thompson, coming from fifth to challenge for the win on the last laps of the event. After taking the white flag, Mitchell Jr. was perhaps the only driver in the field to make the outside line work in turn one, pulling alongside Ayla Agren and getting the preferred racing line for the next left-hander.
Drama ensued as the two went for the apex for the corner, making contact while racing for second place. Mitchell Jr. would recover, though, and managed to still salvage third place and gain back some Championship ground with two races to go.
“Saturday was a disappointing day for not only me but the team. The crew works really hard every weekend that when we end up with a DNF we all take it pretty hard. We needed to come back strong on Sunday. I worked hard to get around the cars in front of me and made my way up to third. I was in a tough battle with Ayla for second. I went in deep on the outside of turn one and she gave me enough room,” said Mitchell Jr. “I had the inside line on the next corner and we unfortunately ran out of room. It was a racing incident.”
- August 9th: Pittsburgh Results Statement: Mitchell Jr Reinstated
F1600 Formula F Championship Series race officials, upon further review of video evidence, have rescinded the one-lap penalty given to the No. 93 Spectrum/Honda of Jack Mitchell Jr. at the August 3 race at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Newly submitted video evidence did not support a penalty for blocking.
Therefore, the one-lap penalty originally given to No. 93 is hereby rescinded, and his original finishing place is restored, making him the race winner in round 10 of the season.
- August 3rd: Mitchell Jr Doubles Up (Two Poles)
Wampum, PA – Two days made it two poles for Jack Mitchell Jr. at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, with the Exclusive Autosport driver nailing the pole position in the wet on Sunday morning ahead of round 10 of the 2014 F1600 Series season. Saturday winner Ayla Agren was second, followed by WISKO's Will Harvey and Agren's Pelfrey teammate Garth Rickards. Evan Mehan was fifth for the Chastain Motorsports squad.
Lexington, OH – Running separate programs in the F2000 and F1600 Championship Series, Exclusive Autosport drivers Thomas McGregor and Jack Mitchell Jr. enjoyed a pair of second place finishes during rounds seven and eight of their seasons at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past weekend.
McGregor, who won in June at VIR in the No. 93 Exclusive Autosport/Dairy Queen/Spectrum/Sparco entry, marked some of the first development laps in the new Spectrum F2000 chassis during Thursday night testing – giving the Saskatchewan-based team an opportunity to fine tune the setup ahead of double practice sessions on Friday and all-important Saturday morning qualifying.
- April 21st 2014: Driver Blog on F1600 Road Atlanta Weekend (Video)
The offseason was a pretty long one for me. I had not been in a car for over six months, which is rough for any driver. I used my time during the off season to focus on developing myself as an athlete, applying to college, and finishing off high school strong. Fortunately my hard work paid off, and I am attending Marquette University in the fall and I will continue racing while there. In Chicago there was snow on the ground for a majority of those six months and it was freezing cold. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to hop on a plane and get down to the warm south and one of my favorite tracks, Road Atlanta.
When I arrived at the track on Thursday morning the paddock was packed full of trailers and race season was on! It was great to be back in the track environment, and I was ready to go. I felt pretty confident heading into the weekend. Returning with a team for the second year presents an opportunity in which a driver can continue the work started the year before in a positive way right from the start of the season. When I reconnected with Exclusive Autosport I felt like my team was my extended family, and I was able to hit the ground running from an engineering standpoint. After winning the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 in Canada there was mutual trust and it was great to continue to build together. This was evident throughout Thursday testing. We shook down a new car and got some good baseline data during the first session. When we were in Canada it was colder and we were on a different tire, so we knew that there were going to be some new factors to deal with. After one session it was pretty clear tire degradation was going to come in to play, not only in the short term of a thirty minute race but also as the weekend progressed. We made a few changes that helped with the tires and went into Friday looking strong.
- October 3rd 2013: Toyo Tires F1600 Championship: Jack Mitchell Jr Wins A-Class Championship
Exclusive Autosport swept all Canadian F1600 Championships this past weekend when Jack Mitchell Jr., driver of the #90 Exclusive Management Inc./Exclusive Autosport/ Sparco USA / Spectrum / Honda, captured the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship A class title Sunday, September 29 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The championship is Mitchell Jr.’s first major title and marks the fourth championship won this year by Exclusive Autosport.
The championship fight was a tight battle all year between Mitchell Jr. and competitor Zacharie Robichon (of Brian Graham Racing). The battle came down to the last two races where Mitchell Jr. had a 66 point lead over Robichon entering Saturday’s race. Mitchell Jr. had a solid qualifying session Saturday, however his fast lap of 1:29:000 was only good enough for P5 on the starting grid. A mere second separated the top 8 cars. In typical Toyo Tires F1600 racing style, Saturday’s race was full of excitement. Mitchell Jr.’s teammate Max Hanratty (#91 SynerComm Inc. / Exclusive Autos port / Sparco USA / Spectrum / Honda) who qualified in P3 slid into the lead on the first lap and maintained his position for the majority of the race. Hanratty looked to be poised to win his first Toyo Tires F1600 race, however was taken out of the race when he was hit from behind in corner 5b. With the top 8 running bumper to bumper, the incident in 5b began a chain reaction of racing incidents. Thomas McGregor, driver of the #93 Exclusive Management Inc. / Dairy Queen / Sparco USA / Spectrum / Honda, (who was running in third) was taken out of the race as he was collected in the multi-car crash. Series newcomer, Tristan DeGrand slid into the lead with only a few laps to go. Unfortunately for DeGrand his day would end early as well after a competitor made an error in corner 10 which sent DeGrand into the tire barrier. Mitchell Jr. took advantage of the mayhem on track and moved into second. Mitchell Jr. was the only Exclusive Autosport car to take the checkered flag Saturday. He did so in second and grew his points lead in the championship.
Mitchell Jr. had a different focus on Sunday. Although he did not have the championship wrapped up, he did have enough points to ensure that baring he did not have a DNF in Sunday’s race, he would take the coveted championship. That said, he and the Exclusive Autosport team decided to play it safe during qualifying Sunday. He qualified his #90 near the back of the field in 19th position. DeGrand qualified in P2, Hanratty in P4 and McGregor in P5. Again, less than a second separated the top 8 on the starting grid.
The field embarked upon some highly intense racing on Sunday during race 2. The top eight cars battled back and forth, cleanly, for the first four laps. On lap four a full course caution was issued for an on-track incident again in corner 5b. DeGrand managed to slip into the lead before the yellow flag was waved. McGregor was hot on his tail. Once back to green, McGregor and DeGrand swapped positions numerous times. Meanwhile, Hanratty battled with Robichon and Steve Bamford for third, fourth and fifth. At the checkered it was series newcomer DeGrand who took the win, followed by McGregor in second. Hanratty finished 5th in Sunday’s race. Hanratty’s standout rookie season in open-wheel racing placed him 4th overall in the championship. Mitchell Jr. safely navigated from 19th to 7th in the A-class (9th overall), securing the championship.
Jack Mitchell Jr., driver #90 EM Inc. / Exclusive Autosport / Sparco USA / Spectrum Honda
“This season was phenomenal. I was given the opportunity to drive the best car, set up by the best team in the series. Winning the championship after missing the two races at Shannonville to support the team’s Quebec championship fight was not easy, but thanks to the EA crew, Remi Lanteigne and Michael Duncalfe we made it happen. I have learned so much from this year and I look forward to carrying this success over into 2014. Big thank you’s to Spectrum, Honda, Sparco USA, Bell Helmets, Flex Watches and my family for all of the support.”
- June 25th 2013: Mitchell Jr. Doubles Up in Rounds 5 & 6
The quest for Toyo Tires F1600 Championship race wins resumed over the weekend (June 22-23), with the talented racers taking to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as part of the British Auto Racing Club Grand Prix of Ontario. When the final checkered flag had waved, Jack Mitchell Jr. had completed the doubleheader sweep, while Graham Lobban and Mike Gayowski had shared the B class victories.
Wow what a weekend!
I competed in the Montreal Grand Prix last year with mixed results and learned important lessons about low grip street circuits. Being that it was my second year, I knew that I would have a solid chance at competing for the win.
The Exclusive Autosport Spectrum cars have been extremely reliable and quick at every track we’ve gone to. That’s a massive comfort heading into a track such as Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve.
For those who don’t know, the track is a public park for the other 362 days of the year and subsequently presents a lot of new elements that you would not usually have at a permanent road course. There is almost no grip when the weekend starts, but as the Formula 1 cars progressively lay more rubber down, the grip level increases significantly. Additionally, it’s a very bumpy course with a lot of curbing built for the Formula 1 cars. The curbs can severely damage a Formula 1600, if misused. All of this played a factor and made the racing fantastic this weekend.
Friday morning I woke up early in the hotel, located in downtown Montreal, to catch the first Formula 1 free practice. It was raining hard, but there must have been around 75,000 fans watching. I watched fellow American Alexander Rossi practice for Caterham, which was really inspiring. Once practice was over, it was time to get down to business with the team. The extraordinary EA crew checked and double-checked everything on the car, and we rolled out for qualifying at 6 p.m. Since I had the points lead I had the privilege of leading the field out for the session. I was ecstatic when I came out of the pits to find that there were still fans watching our session at 6 p.m. in wet conditions. The fans were so supportive all weekend and it was a huge compliment. Big thanks to everyone who came. When the session ended I was 3rd quickest, two-tenths off of pole.
Race 1 was interesting. It was raining but it was immediately after F1 qualifying. The racing line was completely dry from the F1 cars, but the rest of the circuit was wet. This was definitely new to me, and it made for a great race in front of all of the fans. I took the lead by lap two, and I pulled a nice six or seven-second gap on the rest of the field. The car was setup perfectly by the crew, and it was absolutely surreal to lead the first 20 minutes of the race in front of nearly 150,000 fans. Unfortunately, there was an incident that took place in Turn 1, which put the first three corners under caution. I happened to catch lap traffic right at the yellow flag and was forced to stay behind them. I lost my gap, which was a real bummer.
I battled hard with my teammate for the remainder of the race and ended up going two-wide into the final chicane. Although there was a possibility that we would have gotten through cleanly, I cut the chicane because we were extremely close to touching. I would rather get good points for the championship! I crossed the line in 1st but Thomas [McGregor] was given the win justly following the race. It was so cool waving to all of the fans after the race! Everyone was on their feet, and I am so pleased to know that we put on a good show.
After the race there were tons of festivities at the track and downtown. We were able to walk down pitlane and saw some big-name drivers like Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez. I waved at Kimi, but I don’t think he was in the best of moods, big surprise! I saw so many familiar faces, and everyone was really supportive. Our cars were in tech until nearly 8 p.m., and the whole team was at the track putting the engines back together until 2 a.m. This is the kind of support that creates such a winning atmosphere at Exclusive Autosport. I feel like my job of doing what I love on-track is such a minor duty compared to what the EA guys do. The next morning we made sure to grab tons of coffee and donuts for them!