Miami, FL –

Dan Thorogood, Jim Morgan, Larry Hendrickson, and Rick Bernard dice it up under the warm Florida sun, all driving their quick and nimble Formula Fords. Close affordable racing, set in a fun and low-pressure atmosphere is what regional racing is all about. The quartet and stable of the Lee Racing F1600 club drivers continue to get faster and enjoy racing in its purest form as the weekends go on. They will soon be joined by John Robinson and Patrick Kinsella, later in the year.

In the F1600 Championship Series, which is the biggest and most competitive development series in the U.S (outside of the Road to Indy), Jonathan Lee grabs the championship lead after the first weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park. The Lee Racing team was able to walk away with two- 2nd place finishes and many lessons learnt. According to his father, “this is Jonathan’s first time driving against a group filled with quality drivers/teams and he needs a better team effort to help boost his chances to win.”

At Mid-Ohio, both Mark Defer and Jonathan Lee ran under the Lee Racing banner. Defer who has been out of racing for almost 10 years, continued to make strides and ends his weekend in the middle of the pack. Team owner James Lee reports that “Mark had a wonderful weekend and if he is willing to put in the work and drive more often, we see no problem with him moving closer to the pointy end of the F2000 field. My son Jonathan proves to be one of the top drivers and had podium pace all weekend in a field that was 26 cars deep (1st -15th was separated by 1 sec). We feel that Jonathan will need to step up his game; his first goal is to win, and his second goal is to win consistently. It will be a difficult task though, this is F1600 racing and anything could happen. Not to mention that Jonathan is competing against some of the best go-kart drivers in North America who are all run by professional teams- like Exclusive Autosport, Team Pelfrey, Rice Race Prep, and K-hill Motorsports.” We will be back for the remaining of the F1600 Championship Series and hope to see a major growth in both our team and driver’s results.





After waiting months to get back on track, the Lee Racing squad happily rejoins the paddock for the rest of 2020. The team was originally supposed to contend for the Championship in the FRP F1600 Series, but our focus took a turn when Covid-19 struck.


Although it has been an unusual and difficult year, we are glad to see that life is returning back to normal. We recently had our first race in months at Palm Beach, and everything went smoothly for both the drivers and crew. Andre Rosario joins the family and will help disperse the workload within the team as a technician. Rosario is a mechanical engineer, and has aspirations to one day become a design specialist in F1 or MotoGP. He has decided to expand his knowledge of Motorsports, by working with Lee Racing. Andre has been incredibly helpful on race weekends and is a nice addition to our team.


Larry and Rick, have been driving exceptionally- well recently. The pair of old-timers are making the effort to focus on good habits, and this methodology has shown to pay off. Both drivers are making consistent and steady progress every race weekend, and is contradicting the stereotype of old and slow!


John Robinson and Jonathan had a fantastic three-car race, last weekend at Sebring. Despite a low car count, the race was full of action. Jonathan's attention is entirely on racecraft, a skill that if mastered, will put him in a position to begin chasing a serious career in Motorsports.


On the other hand, Robinson who is now approaching his 60's, regains self-confidence, after challenging the next generation of talent for the win. Robinson lost by .01 seconds on Saturday, to Team Pelfrey's Baylor Griffin, and finished 3rd on Sunday. Jonathan took the last step on the podium on Saturday and won the Sunday race. Griffin, a front runner in F1600 and SKUSA Shifter Karts, hopes to capture a gold plate at the runoffs this year, we wish him and Team Pelfrey the best of luck.

Newcomer Dan Thorogood, a long time fan of auto racing, has purchased a 01' Van Diemen and will make his debut in November. Dan will complete his racing license's requirement this October at Lucas Oil Racing School and is eager to begin his Formula Ford endeavors. We are looking forward to working with him, as it's always exciting to develop a rookie driver.


Patrick Kinsella is ready to once again speed away, in his Irish-built Mondiale. The car has undergone a long list of repairs, and will be back on track in the coming weeks. Long-time team member Jim Morgan will have his F1600 car refurbished before 2021, after not rebuilding his Honda motor in over nine years!




As another decade fades away, we are still here. Sticking to our core beliefs, we will continue our tradition of excellence. Lee Racing is a team based on the principals of integrity and hard work, we uphold a strong passion for innovation and winning. To us, motor-racing is much more than sport; it never leaves our mind, it is in our blood, it's our life. We are grateful for an amazing decade, racing has introduced us to the wonderful gifts of life and we are thankful to share that with a team that has become a family.


John Robinson F1600

Preparation started long before the fireworks, eggnog, and turkey. In October of 2019, the decision was made to return to the Formula Race Promotions paddock. John Robinson and Jonathan Lee will contest the 2020 F1600 Series championship, with 2 Lee Racing engineered Swift's. Considered to be the fastest straight-line Formula Ford ever produced, Lee Racing has invested a large amount of time into advancing the original design of the outdated Swift. It has proven to be very fast and has won races against some of the best drivers/teams in the country.



Larry Hendrickson & Rick Bernard F1600

Our gentlemen team consists of Jim Morgan, Rick Bernard, Patrick Kinsella, and Larry Hendrickson. These drivers have 20 to 40 years of racing experience under their belts and are racers for life. This year they will be fighting for the regional SARRC Championship in the southeastern part of the United States. With a healthy field, the races will be full of excitement. It's a pleasure to work with

these drivers and it is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world to see them win, have fun and get better.




So where did 2020 start for us? At the first national event of the year in homestead. Our intention for the weekend was to proceed with testing for the Pro F1600 Series. Going in with a humbled mindset we were able to exceed all expectations. Jonathan Lee and John Robinson qualified 1-2. Robinson was able to win the first race after a nail-biting 25 minutes. The cards came together in Race 2 and the Podium was filled with all Lee Racing Drivers!


The same mentality was brought to the following weekend at the Hoosier Super Tour. With ego put aside and discipline throughout the team, we used the weekend to test. Unfortunately while leading and quickly gaining momentum, Jonathan was forced to retire early after suffering from a damaged car. No worries, we are satisfied with the information gained from our experimentation and it was good to race against the same drivers who will be competing in the Pro F1600 Series.


Lee Racing is also excited to announce that Cole Morgan, John Benson, and Jason Generotti will return for a few select weekends throughout the year. Best wishes to all!