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August 6TH, 2016- Mansfield, OH- A successful year for Spencer Racing and its sole driver in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda National Class wrapped

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up this weekend at the 11-13th rounds of the series for the class with wins in each outing, securing the championship for the young driver and team.

Recapping a successful season, the team and driver racked up 9 wins out of 12 races entered, a tremendous feat for both with highlights ranging from the season opener in St. Petersburg to winning and standing on the podium at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Having a few issues at the Road America rounds showed a setback but the team rebounded to win at Toronto.

 

“It was truly a great year for us, to be able to come into the series and show success means a lot about what we’re trying to do as we continue to grow our team and for me to move forward as a driver” driver Eric Filgueiras explained “I really owe everything this year to team owner Jim Spencer, my father and everyone who continues to believe in me and continues to support my ambitions!”

 

All of the team’s and Eric’s success is all possible by great Partners. A Big thank you goes out to Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, SPEEDCOM Communications, V12 Vinyards A&B Graphics, RaceQuip, BELL Helmets and RacerInk




June 29th, 2016- Elkhart Lake, WI- The 2016 USF2000 Championship Series National class would serve as an excellent opportunity for both Spencer Racing and it’s 22 year young driver Eric Filgueiras to move up into a prestigious organization and experience new exciting venues. One of those historic venues on the schedule was historic Road America in beautiful Elkart Lake.

After two practice sessions the cars rolled into qualifying, where the team’s efforts wouldn’t be able to shine through due to a broken wheel on lap two. Starting last in race one Filgueiras would fight upward to the lead in the national class, until more misfortune struck the team with a mechanical problem while the field was under full course caution, forcing the #12 Lipten Energy Solutions machine to retire from the race. Race 2 would show similar mechanical problems for the team, with two DNF’s.

“All-in-all it was certainly not the weekend we were hoping for. We showed great speed and passing ability in race 1 before our problems occurred, and unfortunately our results didn’t show our effort. But we will press on to Toronto for the next rounds and make it a much better situation!” explained the young Floridian.

All of the team’s and Eric’s success is all possible by great Partners. A Big thank you goes out to Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, SPEEDCOM Communications, V12 Vinyards A&B Graphics, RaceQuip, BELL Helmets and RacerInk

 

Make sure to join Eric and Spencer Racing for rounds 9 & 10 at The Streets of Toronto July 15-17

March 14, 2016 St. Petersburg, FL- Following a successful freshman season in F2000 racing cars and an off-season of rebuilding and freshening equipment, Eric Filgueiras and Spencer Racing were ready and anxious to begin their first season in Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda competition in the National Class, the starting point on the Mazda Road to Indy.

The 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season kicked off it’s year in beautiful St. Petersburg, FL. A growing tradition started by Indycar in 2003 that continues to this day and has been adopted by the Mazda Road to Indy as well. Two practice sessions on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning began the weekend’s on track activities. The #12 Lipten Energy Solutions machine piloted by the 22-year young Floridian had to overcome some issues in practice 1, only running a single lap in what ended up as a time-shortened session. Practice 2  would be extremely positive, leading the charts in class but ending in a discovery that a left rear camber bolt had backed out, ruining a chance to make qualifying just two hours later.

Having missed qualifying to necessitate repairs the team started in a disadvantaged 24th place for Race 1 However Filgueiras, applying himself accordingly, worked his way through the field patiently to finish a caution filled-race 1st in class and end 14th overall. Race 2 was cleaner with less cautions and provided for some great action with a battle for top honors in the USF2000 National Class. Filguerias was able to sweep the weekend taking the win in Race 2 for the Spencer Racing Team.

“This weekend began with a few problems but my team persevered and we turned it into a great event and excellent start to the season”  Eric explained “ I’ve got to say a special thank you to team owner Jim Spencer and our partners for continuing to believe in me and a big thanks to my dad who worked so hard to rebuild the car over winter and made sure we performed so well.”

All of the team’s and Eric’s success is all possible by great Partners. A Big thank you goes out to Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, SPEEDCOM Communications, V12 Vinyards A&B Graphics, RaceQuip, Tuffy Auto Service Center of Jonesville and RacerInk

 

 

Make sure to join Eric and Spencer Racing for rounds 3 & 4 at Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda GP of Alabama April 22-24


January 19th, 2016- Cocoa, FL


Cocoa, FL- Eric Filgueiras and Spencer Racing will continue their relationship in 2016 and step up to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda National Class for a full season campaign.

This confirmation follows a successful debut into professional racing for both Eric and the team in the 

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SCCA Pro F2000 Championship in 2015 where Filgueiras racked up five top three’s, 10 top five’s and 13 top-10 finishes to end the season second place in the points standings.

Lipten Energy Solutions will continue to be the primary partner as not only Filgueiras’ brand as a driver grows, but both on and off track success means greater brand image for Lipten and its partners.

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“I’m extremely excited to be back with Spencer Racing,” explained Filgueiras. “This team is my home. After such a great season last year we decided collectively after many discussions and weighing different options that it made the most sense to join the USF2000 National Class competition. With so much knowledge gained last year, we’re taking our experience into this series and will be expecting to fight for the championship in our class.”

In addition to this news, the team is also pleased to announce an association with Verizon IndyCar Series team KV Racing Technology and team owner Jimmy Vasser with support on the technical side of the team’s at track operations.

“Jimmy has been my hero since I was a child and someone I’ve looked up to my entire life. To be associated with him and his team is a dream come true and I can’t wait to learn everything I possibly can from their entire organization,” added Filgueiras.

Stay up to date with Eric and Spencer Racing’s progress all season long at

www.ericracing.com

www.teamspencerracing.com


October 23rd, 2015- Wampum, PA

Looking back on the previous six weekends in the 2015 F2000 Championship season, the Lipten Energy Solutions Spencer Racing team has had an incredible freshman season in professional racing. The team was able to have a quick teething process in the pre-season weekend at PBIR finishing in 5th position, and acquiring the knowledge that would help them prepare for the main season races. Armed and prepared, over the next six race weekends the team battled courageously and scored 5 podiums, and consistent top five finishes!

The final race weekend of 2015 F2000 Championship season would be a repeat track, the first time the series would see a repeat track in 2015. Without a Thursday test day, the action jumped straight into official Friday practice. Mixed conditions in the first session and use of older tires in the second session placed Eric just outside of the top-ten at the end of the day. The Spencer Racing team would equip their machine with fresh rubber for Saturday’s qualifying.

The weekend’s first qualification round was met with cold conditions. New tires would need quite a bit of time to reach operating temperature at 35 degrees out. Carefully raising the car’s temperatures, Eric would get going and end the session in a solid 4th place position. Saturday’s race would go Filgueiras’ way until the closing stages, with the car’s handling going away Eric would slip back into 4th Position.

Sunday would serve as the final opportunity to make an exclamation point on the series competition. With Saturday playing as a motivation to improve, the 21-year young Floridian set out with a goal for top spot. With incredible focus, Filgueiras managed to piece together a lap to place him at the very top spot- Pole Position! In the early afternoon, in a most bizarre fashion it began to snow. With enough moisture on the ground, the race would be ran on wet Hoosier tires. Filgueiras would go uncontested more than half the race until a full-course caution would fly, bunching the field back up. The Spencer Racing Driver would get a great restart, but unfortunately as the track dried the car went away again, with Filgueiras settling for 4th position, which would then award the Spencer Racing driver 2nd in the overall championship!

In a quote from the season runner-up, Filgueiras said “ What an incredible year. There have been plenty of highs and lows throughout and we persevered . My team is incredible. We’ve come a long way, but there has been plenty of behind-the-scenes activity that has gotten us here. I have to given a special thanks to Jorge Herrera of HP-Tech for helping us with our set-up needs this year, along with our friends at the track that helped us make sure the car was in correct condition each weekend. Thanks so much to our supporters and partners, we wouldn’t be here without them.”

The 2015 season is completely wrapped up. Both Eric Filgueiras and Spencer Racing entered the championship with uncertainty but finished as strong contenders, respected throughout the paddock. The off-season will undergo a continuation in the team’s constant evolving in the motorsport world. Be sure to follow them for a 2016 announcement in the coming months!

All of this year’s success was accomplished with the constant support of Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, RaceQuip and Dark Horse Pros. (Watch Eric’s Pole Position Lap from the weekend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6__mW4GTzDY)


June 9th, 2015- Alton, Virginia

Another weekend of firsts continued for the Spencer Racing team as the 2015 F2000 Championship season stopped in Alton, Virginia for yet another weekend of motorsport clashing. Coming into the weekend 21 year old Cocoa, Florida native Eric Filgueiras ranked 5th in points, trailing the next driver by a slim single point. The Lipten Energy Solutions Spencer Racing team hoped to be improving overall position in the chase for the championship.

The event began with Thursday testing, and Friday official practice, which was the beginning of the weekend’s difficulties. While passing a slower car Filgueiras drove off-line and lost the rear end under braking. He recovered but went straight off the track onto the rain slicked grass and went straight into the wall leaving him with a damaged nose piece and left front suspension . The crew went to work immediately to get the car back into shape. Working furiously into the night and next morning, the crew got the car out on track with 15 minutes remaining in the weekend’s first qualifying session. With no alignment or other adjustments to the car, Filgueiras placed the car in a 8th starting position for race 1. Battling tooth and nail, Filgueiras would climb through the field to finish in an impressive 3rd position on Saturday!

Sunday would prove to be another trying day for the team. When the car began having trouble with a left-front hub bolt, Filgueiras was forced to park it for the remainder of the qualifying session. With only a few laps on track and a black flag penalty, Eric started the weekend’s final race in 7th position. Being assertive the first few laps, Eric fought to 2nd position and held it the majority of the race before a left-rear camber bolt backed out completely, forcing the driver to nurse the car home  and ultimately finishing 4th.

“This was certainly one of our most frustrating weekends thus far” Claimed Filgueiras “But I can’t help but be so proud of our team. Even with all the adversity we were faced with we still were able to have a good points weekend. I owe it all to my crew- My father Manny and Team Owner Jim. They were the ones who made these results happen.”

All of this weekend’s success was accomplished with the constant support of Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, RaceQuip and Dark Horse Pros.

 

Join Spencer Racing at the next round of 2015 F2000 Competition July 3rd-5th at Mid Ohio!

(See GoPro onboard Highlights from Sunday’s Watkins Glen Race here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QNQYtW66Z8)



May 19th, 2015- Watkins Glen, NY

Rolling into the hills of historic Watkins Glen, NY The 2015 F2000 Championship Series continued with round’s 3 & 4 at famed Watkins Glen International Raceway. 21 year young driver Eric Filgueiras could not have been more excited to challenge the course and test his abilities. Filgueiras was a first time visitor to WGI and with only 6 sessions of track time it would certainly be a fast learning process.  After two practice sessions Friday Eric ended the day in a respectable 6th place on the time sheets.

The First round of the weekend would begin with a damp/ slick qualifying which rewarded careful yet swift driving. Eric would set a pace with hisLipten Energy Solutions #22 machine to start Saturday’s race in 3rd position. The race would prove not to be as exciting with Filgueiras falling back to a 6th  place finish after a mistake in the bus stop corner.

Due to a rainstorm the night before, the second qualifying round of the weekend would go through with similar results, but with closer times for the top 3 drivers. Feeling more confident with the car and track, Filgueiras started the second and final race in 3rd position. After fighting for second all the way up to the bus stop he would be shuffled back to 5th and then fought his way back up to 3rd  just before a full-course caution was thrown for an on-track accident. Restarting 4th, Filgueiras had only two laps to get it done. The green flag waved and he would immediately go on the offense. Making his move on the backstretch he made his move outside of the bus stop entrance to take 3rd place and hold onto it until the checkered flag.

“Saturday’s race was more of a struggle because we did not quite have the car setup correct, but we made the adjustments we needed and even though Sunday’s race was an absolute fight we bounced back nicely.” Beamed Filgueiras “The team did amazing and we are showing our strength in the series. A special thank you to Jorge Herrera and Robert Cao for their help throughout the weekend!”  

All of this weekend’s success was accomplished with the constant support of Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, RaceQuip and Dark Horse Pros.

Join Spencer Racing at the next round of 2015 F2000 Competition June 5th-7th at Virginia International Raceway!

 (See GoPro onboard Highlights from Sunday’s Watkins Glen Race here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNkguplcBBQ)


April 14th, 2015- Braselton, GA

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Following a two month break after getting into his Lipten Energy Solutions /Spencer Racing F2000 machine, 21 year old Cocoa Beach, Florida based driver Eric Filgueiras was excited to take on the F2000 Championship Series season opener held at the famous Road Atlanta course in Braselton, GA.

The weekend’s action began with the promoter test day on Thursday.  While working through technical difficulties and on-track delays, Filgueiras would only  get about 8 laps of track time.  Friday would be similar, with only two official series practice sessions and the first of the two with heavy rain.  Even with the limited time Filgueiras was still able to post a respectable lap time ending up 7th out of the expected 26 entires.

Saturday started off with qualifying, the first real chance for Filgueiras to test his abilities and find the performance from the car.  Digging deep he was able to take advantage of the team’s preparations and place his #22 Lipten Spencer Racing machine in P4 for the first race of the weekend.  When the green flag dropped a thrilling race ensued.  After a few laps Filgueiras would jump from 4th to 2nd and hold it for most the race until both the diffuser and brakes would fail.  Even with this adversity Filgueiras was able to nurse the car home to a respectable 7th place finish.

Sunday would turn out to be a much better day with the team working diligently to repair the damaged diffuser and braking issues.  With a day of race experience, Filgueiras would turn a lap good enough 

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to start P3 for the 2nd race of the weekend.  Another exciting race would begin at the green flag, battling with both first and second place competitors for position, ultimately able to secure 2nd after some assertive passing and finishing the race comfortably in that position.

“I can’t believe it” exclaimed the 21 year old,  “we are a small team compared to many of the others and for us to be this strong in our first official series weekend is incredible.  I wish for our series points sake that Saturday could have been better but we are very lucky to have finished the race at all under the given conditions.  Sunday was excellent.  Absolutely amazing.  Everyone who works on the car and supports us does such an amazing Job and we surely appreciate it!”

All of this success could only be possible by the continued support of these amazing companies Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, RaceQuip and Dark Horse Pros.

 

Join Spencer Racing at the next round of 2015 F2000 Competition May 15th-17th at Watkins Glen! 


February 17th, 2015- Palm Beach, FL

Following a very successful 2014 season, and  last few months full of hard work and planning, we were finally anxious and ready to hit the track.  The newly formed Spencer Racing team  spent the winter holidays searching for and recently acquired an F2000 car for the season.  With only two weeks before the F2000 Championship series preseason Winter Exhibition, held at Palm Beach International Raceway  (PBIR) in Palm Beach, the Spencer Racing members worked tirelessly to get the car prepped for its first shake down runs and race.

After many long days and nights at the Michigan shop, the team’s Principal Jim Spencer and crew member David Spencer were able to get the car prepped and transported to Florida.  The team then embarked to PBIR to begin the three-day preseason event. The first and second days of track time the car  went flawless with exception to a small oil overflow that was quickly and easily taken care of. The third and final day would see the young F2000 competitors and teams alike pitted against each other for green-flag qualifying and race conditions. With a new set of  Hoosier tires on the car, 21 year young Spencer Racing driver Eric Filgueiras was able to place the #22 Lipten Energy Solutions Van Diemen Zetec in 3rd position.

As soon as the green flag dropped, the battle ensued. Eric, not getting the most ideal start shuffled back to 4th position into turn one and battled early on, fighting against other competitors and his own car alike until finally slotting into position and crossing the line in a very well-deserved 5th place finish. “ This whole weekend was such a great learning opportunity that I’m really glad we could capitalize on” explained Filgueiras. “I think considering we had an extremely small window to prep the car after the point of purchase, and the fact that the car’s gear ratios were off, as well as not set up to its optimum potential to our knowledge, we did great this weekend. And I’m really excited for the season to come. We’re taking this next month-and-a-half before the season opener at Road Atlanta and working on everything full-force to insure we come out swinging and make our presence known.”

 All of this success is the result of hard work and great partners of the team. Spencer Racing would like to take the time to recognize and thank Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, Driven Racing Oil, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, SafeQuip and Dark Horse Pros.

 

Join Spencer Racing at the first round of 2015 F2000 Competition April 11th-12th at Road Atlanta! 



December 9th, 2014- Sebring, FL

The 2014 season would come to a close with championships on the line, and no better location to end a racing season than Historic Sebring International Raceway. Of the many championships to be determined, the Historic Sportscar Racing Group 3 championship and “Peter Gregg trophy” would be finalized during the weekend. Coming into the final round leading the standings, 20 year young Eric Filgueiras was 100% focused on the task of securing a season championship. In addition to securing the championship for his Lipten Energy Solutions Acura RSX, Filgueiras would campaign sprint and enduro races in a Vintage Racing Cars Porsche 906 Replica alongside Argentinean Driver Diego Fangio.

Even though not having been on track at Sebring in close to 3 years, Eric didn’t miss a beat qualifying his RSX 2nd in class and the VRC 906 on pole position against other similar replica cars. The goal for the RSX was a solid podium finish to lock up the championship. The Floridian would push hard both days, having great starts then eventually falling back to faster cars overall, ending the weekend with two 2nd place finishes in class, securing the Peter Gregg championship trophy the team had sought for all season. “I can’t believe it” an ecstatic Eric would explain, “The whole season has certainly been a fight. We overcame great adversity to end the season first in the championship standings and it feels great. The team made this possible”.  Filgueiras would hope to carry the momentum into the seat of the VRC 906, but it wouldn’t prove to be in the cards as the day would end short after a gearbox failure. “It’s really a shame. Our pace was great and I’m confident I could have gotten a lot more out of the car, but it’s part of racing.”

  All of this success is the result of hard work and great partners of the team. EFR would like to take the time to recognize and thank Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, Driven Racing Oil, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, Dark Horse Pros and Manny & Kathy Filgueiras for their support and sponsorship. 


October 27th, 2014- Savannah, GA


As the 2014 Historic Sportscar Racing season comes closer to an end, the series made it’s stop at the once-a-year venue that is the Savannah Speed Classic. Held near beautiful downtown Savannah, GA, this 1.5 mile course attracts many competitors and spectators alike with its unique track layout. Entering the weekend 4th in Group 3 and 1st in SSC class savannah youtube.pngpoint standings, 20 year-young Eric Filgueiras looked to charge forward in his quest to win the Group 3 standings.

In customary HSR fashion the weekend began with 3 qualifying sessions, in which each driver’s best time from all three sessions combined would determine the first race’s starting grid. Maneuvering around the tight 1.5 mile course with 46 other cars on track would prove to be a challenge all in its own, a challenge which Eric would overcome by securing a 2nd in class starting position for his Lipten Energy Solutions Acura RSX and 12th overall  in the mixed field.

Launching from the green flag’s drop, Filgueiras charged hard, passing three cars on the first lap, taking 1st place in class and continuing on until he reached the checkered, winning in class and ending the race 7th overall. Eric would go uncontested in race 2, sailing to an another class win and 6th place overall. “We’ve been looking forward to this event all year long.” Explained a delighted Filgueiras “HSR puts on some of the best events  and I’ve been fortunate to take part in  them. The facility is beautiful, the track is fun to drive and certainly a challenge as well. To walk away from this with two victories is absolutely perfect. I’m looking forward to carry our momentum on to Daytona. Thank you so much to all of our team partners who make this possible.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

All of this success is the result of hard work and great partners of the team. EFR would like to take the time to recognize and thank Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, Driven Racing Oil, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, Dark Horse Pros and Manny & Kathy Filgueiras for their support and sponsorship.

Join Eric Filgueiras Racing at the next HSR event at the “Dayona Historic Races” during weekend of November 15th-16th.  You can find more information here.

April 28th, 2014- Braselton, GA

The second stop of the season for the #21 Lipten Energy Solutions Acura RSX  was the Historic Road Atlanta for the 37th annual HSR MITTY, where driver Eric Filgueiras would dominate his class finishing 2nd on Saturday and 1st on Sunday.  With a class of 10 cars and overall field of 54 cars on track, Filgueiras quickly found his footing with both the car and circuit proving his ability as a driver who can compete among some of the best.

The weekend’s on track festivities began with 3 rounds of qualifying over 2 days, with the best qualifying time being taken from the three combined sessions.  Even though Filgueiras had never driven on this course before, he showed his finesse by placing his car second in class, and a respectable 22nd overall. With the Lipten Energy Solutions Acura RSX running in a field of much higher power cars like Porsches, Mustangs and Datsuns, Filgueiras demonstrated his ability to keep the car on edge and consistently outperform the competition.

The 20 year-young pilot would see crowded racing conditions Saturday afternoon for race 1  with substantial traffic to work through.  With the race lengths being 7 lap features, each driver had to make their moves quickly, with Eric  doing so battling to end the first race  2nd in class and 16th overall. Sunday afternoon would have everything go Filgueiras’ way, making quick work of the class leader and for overall position, ending the race 1st in class and 11th overall! It was a great weekend all around for the up-and-coming driver. “I couldn’t be more pleased with how this weekend went for us” explained Filgueiras. “I wasn’t sure what to expect with this being my second weekend in this car and never having driven at Road Atlanta. I love the course and the event that James Redman and everyone at HSR puts on is absolutely top notch. I especially want to thank Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, and everyone who continues to get behind my efforts week in and week out.”

All of this success is the result of hard work and great partners of the team. EFR would like to take the time to recognize and thank Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, Driven Racing Oil, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, FARA and Manny & Kathy Filgueiras for their support and sponsorship.

Join Eric Filgueiras Racing at the action packed FARA Sunset 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during weekend of June 7th-8th.  You can find more information here.


April 15th, 2014


 This weekend kicked off the first of ten races that Eric Filgueiras will be competing in the team-owned Acura RSX, taking place at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Formula Automobile Racing Association. This being the team’s first on-track application with the car, there was much to learn about the car. The weekend would consist of one practice/qualifying followed by two 30 minute sprint races on Saturday, and one on Sunday. The practice session was an opportunity to check for proper maintenance, and for Eric to learn the car’s on track characteristics. After a full session of driving, Eric was able to Qualify the car 8th of 16 cars in the MP-3B class, starting 53rd of 64 cars overall.

Race 1 began with hectic nature, 64 cars all taking the green flag funneling through the tight course. Battling with both cars in class and for overall position, Filgueiras was able to move up during the 30 minute race, finishing in 36th overall and 5th in class. Race two Showed the same progression, with Eric ending the 30 minute fight in 28th overall and 4th in class. The third and final race was not as prosperous, with Eric getting caught in different traffic, and ultimately having to settle for 5th in class and 31st overall, finishing only a few seconds behind 3rd and 4th in class. “All in all it was great weekend for us, I learned a lot about this car and what improvements we can make going forward, and I’m looking forward to it” explained Filgueiras “the team worked hard this weekend and everyone who is involved has provided incredible continuous support .”

All of this weekend’s success is the result of hard work and great partners of the team. EFR would like to take the time to recognize and thank Lipten Energy Solutions, Kovi Consulting, Driven Racing Oil, SPEEDCOM Communications, HAWK Performance, BELL Helmets, Oakley, A&B Graphics, GoPro, FARA and Manny & Kathy Filgueiras.

The next event will take place at historic Road Atlanta for HSR’s MITTY April 26-27. 

April 8th, 2014

Cocoa Beach, FL-  Eric Filgueiras Racing is proud to announce a brand new partnership with LIPTEN Energy Solutions for 2014 as the team’s primary partner. Team Driver Eric Filgueiras, who has years of experience in Karting, Formula Cars and recently testing in the Pirelli World Challenge Series, will be piloting a 2002 Acura RSX in both the FARA and HSR competition series. Filgueiras commented “This is something we’ve been working on with Lipten for awhile, and found this route to be a good start to our partnership. I’m exciting to hit the track and build on successful habits.”

 For over 40 years, Lipten has remained innovative and stands at the forefront of technology to provide clean, reliable, cost effective energy systems. With the experience and support of their design and engineering group, providing the most efficient, effective and environmentally compatible systems available. “Lipten Company is excited to announce our partnership Eric Filgueiras Racing for the 2014 race season, Eric’s focus on developing a strong race team and brand is representative of Lipten’s commitment to our clients, employees and brand.” stated Lipten CEO Jim Spencer.

The Team will contest a schedule of 10 events in both the FARA and HSR Series at venues such as Homestead-Miami Speedway, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, Daytona International Raceway and other historic locations. “I couldn’t be more excited to have the support of everyone involved who continues to support me and my aspirations in motorsports” said Filgueiras in a final statement. Additional information on Lipten Energy Solutions and Eric Filgueiras can be found at www.lipten.com and www.ericracing.com



April 1st, 2014


Cocoa Beach, FL-  A week before announcing their 2014 racing Schedule, Eric Filgueiras Racing is proud to announce a brand new associate partnership with Driven Racing Oil, a company born from Joe Gibbs Racing. The team is excited to be using Driven's products in and on their Acura RSX this year. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be associated with a company like Driven, whose products are the result of a famous team like Joe Gibbs Racing's successful findings in lubricant technology." Explained EFR driver Eric Filgueiras. "Driven Racing Oil is glad to have Eric Filgueiras as part of the team for 2014 and Beyond." Stated Joe Gibbs Racing's Ed Fennell.


In addition to Driven Racing Oil, Kovi Consulting will be returning as an associated partner of EFR. KOVI Consulting, providers of high performance supply chain solutions is proud to announce sponsorship for Eric Filgueiras Racing during the 2014 season.  Todd Kovi, president of the company stated “We are excited for this opportunity to have Eric carry our brand for us during this season.  Eric provides never ending commitment to excellence and performance in pursuit of a winning result.  This dedication and effort represents the same approach we take with each and every client.”.

In addition to this news, there will be an announcement made next week for this year's Schedule of races as well as a primary partner announcement.

Additional information on Kovi Consulting, Driven Racing Oil and Eric Filgueiras can be found at www.koviconsulting.com, www.drivenracingoil.com, and www.ericracing.com.




 
June 3rd, 2013


Altamonte Springs, FL/June 3, 2013- Drivers want to drive, and for most drivers that’s exactly how they want to train. Their life revolves around the steering wheel, and that’s no different from driver Eric Filgueiras. Filgueiras is in the process of transitioning from open wheel cars to road racing cars or ‘tin tops’ as our friends on the other side of the pond refer to them.

In order to get better acclimated with driving cars with a roof over his head, Eric spends a lot of time driving instructing while searching for teams to test and race with that will give him his shot. This past weekend he drove a former race-winning VW Rabbit that he and his father obtained and prepared for the FARA Sunset 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There were over 50 cars in the race, with eight in his class to make for a busy race track. Eric would qualify 31st overall, which was good considering he was running with a stock engine going up against some highly tuned units in his class.

Fifteen minutes into the race Filgueiras noticed something wrong and brought his car into pit lane to evaluate the problem, which turned out to be an alternator failure. After losing 20-minutes in pit lane, Eric was back out there, and would finish the race nine spots ahead of where he started. For Eric this was his first time in this race car, and would drive the whole 4-hour event solo. A true testament of the physical condition he maintains throughout the season, a driving stint such as this can take a physical toll on the body.

Of the event Filgueiras states: “I’m glad we were able to do this race, its good seat time for me to get in while I continue to explore my opportunities. Although I’m a bit sore after driving that race solo, it was a great experience; I had a lot of great battles out there, and was happy with our result despite losing the time in the pits. I want to thank my Dad for putting this altogether and for all the hard work. I would also like to thank Oakley, Speedcom Communications, GoPro, Hollywood Wheels Car Auctions, A&B Graphics, WR Motorsports, Hawk Performance, VR12 – Vitamin for Radiators and Bell Helmets.”




March 14th/15th, 2012

Sebring, FL- With the off-season and campaigning for new partners closing, competing in the 2012 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered By Mazda was a much anticipated new chapter in Eric Filgueiras' career. Filgueiras received his first taste of the series last year, when after winning the Florida Karting Championship Series Mazda Road to Indy competition he was awarded a spot out of 10 selected drivers in the nation and Canada to contend in the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine. Even though he finished runner-up, it was there where he learned about the introduction of Formula Enterprises into the series through the National Class, and along with that came opportunity.

The event kicked-off with Wednesday practice, where after only 4 sessions behind the wheel of a Formula E machine the young Floridian posted a time good enough for 9th quickest. He would start in that position for Race 1, where the race would be short lived when Eric was hit from behind under caution, ending his race in the turn 5 wall on lap 2.

The starting line-up from Race 2 would be determined by the driver's fastest lap in Race 1, and since Filgueiras received no lap times in the first race, he was forced to start 14th (last) in class and 34th overall out of 36 cars. The last race of the weekend started off with no problems this time, and even though 4 of the 10 laps raced were driven under caution, Eric found himself in 6th place in class on the final lap (under caution). Just when it seemed like the young driver's luck had turned, tragedy struck when the #12 Formula E machine lost drive. It was later determined that the halted vehicle was due to an input shaft failure.

"Even though I found myself sidelined in both races by things out of my control, I'm extremely proud of my efforts and what I learned from my pro debut. The racing was intense and definitely something you would expect from almost 30 other young ambitious drivers who all dream of success in Motorsports." stated Filgueiras "We came into this with the goal to show well and let our presence be known, and I think we certainly achieved that."

For this opportunity Eric would like to thank: Jim Booth, Robinson Motor Sports, IMPACT, Oakley, Team Full Throttle, BigFin Seafood Kitchen, GoPro, SPEEDCOM Communications/ VisionX Custom Graphics, Festivals Of Speed, Hollywood Wheels Car Auctions, FUEL Clothing, and Manny and Kathy Filgueiras. You can stay connected with Eric via: ericracing.com, facebook.com , twitter.com. To inquire on becoming a partner and building your brand with Eric Filgueiras Racing, contact eric@ericracing.com.

January 20th, 2012   

Robinson Motor Sports, inc, is proud to announce the signing of Eric Filgueiras to drive one of the teams Formula Enterprises for the first race of the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Mazda Road to Indy series at Sebring Florida.

Mick Robinson, team owner, stated “I have been working with Eric and we have come to an agreement for Eric to race one of our cars at the Sebring event March 15th and 16th.  We are in further discussion to complete the rest of the 6 race series with several sponsors so it looks promising that Eric will be a contender for the 2012 National class championship”.

Filgueiras was invited to the Road to Indy combine, which took place at Andersen RacePark where he finished 2nd in a Championship class car.  Filgueiras has many accomplishments in karts, as well as the F500 category in SCCA national races.

“I have had several tests in the Championship USF2000 cars, and with the series being a part of Mazda Road to Indy it allows me to grow as a driver. The Formula Enterprises is the entry level for the series with a very cost-effective approach that will make it more possible to compete in the events.  Robinson Motor Sports has an outstanding record of running the cars, so it was a natural choice for me to sign with them, and I’m extremely excited about working with the team and focusing on success.” Filgueiras said after the signing. For this opportunity Eric would like to thank Jim Booth, NOS Energy, IMPACT, Oakley, GoPro NGK Spark Plugs, Team Full Throttle, BigFin Seafood Kitchen, SPEEDCOM Communications/ Mypluggz.com, FUEL Clothing, AIM, and Manny and Kathy Filgueiras.

December 26th, 2011

Port St. John, Florida - For 17-year-old rising Florida racing star Eric Filgueiras, the 2011 season was a year of surprises, wins, and tremendous growth in his open-wheel skill set.

 Eric got a victory with his Formula 500 car at Sebring to start the season in January and was looking forward to further competition with that machine, but the racing Gods smiled upon him and took him to Palm Beach to test an F2000 machine with Alegra Motorsports. This test would foreshadow events to come.

 "I was blessed to have that testing opportunity in February, courtesy of Carlos de Quesada and the Alegra Motorsports Team," said Eric. "I couldn't have known at that time where we would end up later in the year, but those laps in that car would surely turn out to be very inspiring and helpful for what I would be doing later on."

 Soon after that F2000 test, Eric found out about and received the opportunity to compete for a spot in a scouting combine that the MAZDA Road to Indy Program was going to hold in late November to award a seat in the 2012 "The Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by MAZDA" at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. He would run the Florida Karting Championship Series for Dan Andersen and Andersen Racing, with a shot to secure one of the spots in the combine if he performed well enough in the five race series.

In the series, Eric had two wins and four top five finishes, with the final victory at Ocala securing the spot for him. "That whole competition was filled with adversity but I was able to overcome in the end, winning the championship and ultimately the FKCS spot in the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine."

 That led to a test at Roebling Road in Georgia with HP-TECH Motorsport in their F2000 car to prepare for the combine. He also got some valuable laps in his F1600, giving him tremendous confidence going into the late November competition.

 "We performed very well at the combine and even though we didn't achieve our goal of winning the spot at St. Pete we left with our heads held high because it was quite an opportunity," smiled Eric. "To take part in something sanctioned by an organization like INDYCAR is something I'll always be proud of as a milestone in my career. I'm very excited for all that 2012 has to offer and I'm looking forward to applying the information I received from the combine toward the future."

 Eric's future in 2012 already seems bright due to the addition of a couple of new marketing partners. "I'm proud to announce that both GoPro and HAWK Performance are joining my team for next season. I look forward to building a partnership with both companies and helping them promote their products.   I'm also pleased to announce the return of my already existing partners Jim Booth, NOS Energy, IMPACT, Oakley, NGK Spark Plugs, Team Full Throttle, BigFin Seafood Kitchen, SPEEDCOM Communications/ Mypluggz.com, FUEL Clothing, AIM, and Manny and Kathy Filgueiras."




October 23rd, 2011

Eric Filgueiras Wins FKCS Finale; Secures Spot In Mazda Road To Indy Combine 

Ocala, Florida - Eric Filgueiras, 17, started the weekend at the Ocala Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida having to finish building his go-kart on Friday before practice, and ended up putting that kart in victory lane on Sunday and securing an invitation to represent the Florida Karting Championship Series in the Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine next month, where he'll compete for a seat in a USF2000 car at St. Pete in 2012.    

 Recalling the weekend's events over a post-race victory dinner, Eric spoke about overcoming obstacles and the importance of his performance in making this big win happen. 

"We went into the weekend with some obstacles to overcome," Eric began.  "We had to finish putting the kart together at the track before practice on Friday, and it wasn't the same kart we won with at Fort Myers. We did OK in practice and qualifying, but we just didn't have what we needed in the pre-final, and the tachometer wasn't working so we had no real usable data upon which we could draw from to make adjustments and find speed.  I wasn't feeling very confident in our chances to win at that point." 

 Eric put in a call to Charlotte, North Carolina, the home of Team Full Throttle's founder and performance coach Tom Baker, for some guidance.  

 "Tom really helped me to come up with a strategy to make some adjustments to my driving approach for the final, which helped put me in the place I needed to be in order to get the performance I needed out of myself and the kart.  I was ready to rock when the race started."

When the green flag dropped Eric fell back momentarily, but was able to retake third in turn one.  Focusing on his line and his braking, he caught leaders Jacob Duvall and Jonathan Kotyk and began to methodically apply some pressure.

 The leaders bogged momentarily on lap 3 and Eric pounced, pushing Duvall forward and taking over second from Kotyk.  Using the draft to his advantage, it took only one lap for Eric to take the lead from Duvall with help from Kotyk.  He led the rest of the way. 

 "It was interesting, because I was told that after I took the lead, Jacob and Jonathan tangled racing for second, and then started racing each other very aggressively. That contact and subsequent tussling on their part let me eventually get about 10 or 12 seconds out front.  I just stayed focused on my marks and did my best to not make any mistakes," the elated winner smiled. 

"This win would never have been possible without the expertise of a whole lot of amazing people," Eric concluded.  "Including my father Manny, Gary Willis, Joey D'Agustino, Tony Schroeder and Homestead Karting Engines, and of course Andersen Racing for giving me the opportunity to race in this series.  I can't believe I am going to the combine, it's just so incredible. I have confidence that I will be competitive and will have as good a shot to win the seat as anyone because I have so many good people around me to help me prepare."
 
The Mazda Road to Indy Scouting Combine will be held on November 28-30 at Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, Fla., and will give a top driver from grassroots racing series such the World Karting Association, Superkarts! USA, International Karting Federation, Rotax Max Challenge United States, United States Auto Club and the Rock Island Grand Prix the opportunity to test a USF2000 car. One driver will be selected and given an entry to race in the St. Petersburg rounds of the USF2000 National Championship in 2012.

The drivers will be evaluated in front of an expert panel.
"Not only is this shootout going to test drivers' on-track ability," said Jason Penix, manager of grassroots

 marketing for INDYCAR, "but some of the other judging criteria will introduce them the pressures of the off-track side of racing, which is so important in the future when dealing with sponsors or media."


Eric Filgueiras is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the top motorsports prospects in Florida.  A 17-year-old student, Eric has raced for Andersen Racing in the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS) this season while continuing to prepare for further advancement in his motorsports career.         

His motorsports partners include NOS Energy, IMPACT!, Oakley, NGK Spark Plugs, Team Full Throttle, Shane Lewis, Andersen Racing, Tony Schroeder, BigFin Seafood Kitchen, SPEEDCOM Communications/ Mypluggz.com, Craig Stanton, Battery Tender, FUEL Clothing, AIM, Jim Booth,  Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Manny and Kathy Filgueiras.

August 15th, 2011

Eric Filgueiras Wins Fort Myers; F-1600 Test Nears 

Port St. John, Florida - Eric Filgueiras, 17, picked up a victory last weekend in the final Florida KartingChampionship Series race of the 2011 season, held at The Race Complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Eric's victory came in the Rotax Senior division behind the wheel of an Andersen Racing machine.

 

"I qualified third after momentarily holding fast time," Filgueiras said. "Then we got to the pre-final and I thought we had a good shot at winning, but a bent steering shaft turned that race into a challenge. We still got third, and that put us third to start the main."

The rising open-wheel racing star says the main event was an exercise in patience. "Nick Neri and I were pretty much matching times in the main. I just wanted to be patient and keep the pressure on, and make my move at the right time. With about four laps left, we were going through turn 6 and he just overdrove the corner and slid off, which gave me the lead and the win. I want to thank Andersen Racing for the opportunity to race this series, and I remain hopeful we can get a spot in the combine in November."

 

Mazda Motorsports' "Road To Indy" program has chosen six regional karting series from which they'll pull two racers each for a late November driver scouting combine at Andersen Park in Palmetto, Florida.  Potentially, one driver from this combine could see time in a USF2000 car in 2012.   

Eric's next race with the go-kart is the Ocala Grand Prix on October 22nd and 23rd.

Before that, however, he plans to strap into his just completed Renault F-1600 for some testing at Palm Beach International Raceway in

 preparation for the SCCA Regional event at Daytona International Speedway on September 24th and 25th.

His motorsports partners include NOS Energy, IMPACT!, Oakley, NGK Spark Plugs, Team Full Throttle, Andersen Racing, Tony Schroeder, BigFin Seafood Kitchen, SPEEDCOM Communications/ Mypluggz.com, Craig Stanton, Shane Lewis, Battery Tender, FUEL Clothing, AIM, Jim Booth,  Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Manny and Kathy Filgueiras.

April 13th, 2011

Port St. John, Florida - What promises to be a very busy season is now underway for 17-year-old rising motorsports star Eric Filgueiras as he continues to inch up the open wheel racing ladder.  

Filgueiras, considered one of Florida's top young racing prospects, recently tested an F2000 car for Alegra Motorsports, proving himself to be worthy of future competition in the car.

But that was just the beginning. 

Mazda Motorsports' "Road To Indy" program has chosen six regional karting series from which they'll pull two racers each for a late November driver scouting combine at Andersen Park in Palmetto, Florida.  Potentially, one driver from this combine could see time in a USF2000 car in 2012. 

Eric hopes to be "the one".    

"We are competing in the Florida Kart Championship Series (FKCS), hoping to earn the combine spot from that series," said the business-savvy racer.  "We started at the back and finished sixth at Ocala in the FKCS opener, and we hope to improve on that during our next race weekend which begins on May 13th."


Competition in this series will mark Eric's return to top-level competition karting, where he developed his on and off-track prowess for many years.  "I can't thank Andersen Racing enough for giving me the opportunity.  I am hoping we can reward them with a spot in the combine in November." 



The F-500 car Eric raced in SCCA competition in 2010 has been replaced by a Renault 1600 car, signifying another step up for Eric.  "Jim Booth has been a friend and supporter for a while now, and we struck a deal with him to maintain and race the car in SCCA this season.  Our first outing will be at Daytona May 7th and 8th.  Jim has also offered to support me with a Skip Barber 3-day school, which will help me tremendously.  I am so thankful to Jim for his faith in me, and I am excited to get on the track and continue my learning process."





Feb. 16th 2011

Port St. John, Florida - 17-year-old racer Eric Filgueiras achieved a milestone in his burgeoning motorsports career last week when he strapped into an Alegra Motorsports F2000 Car and completed a test at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Filgueiras, considered one of Florida's top young racing prospects, said there was a lot to think about in a short time on the challenging course.   

"The F2000 car was completely different than the F500 car I race now.  I especially had to be focused on shifting, because the cockpit is so small in the F2000 and shifting up a gear is basically a flick of the wrist.  I had to get used to the higher horsepower motor, too.  I had been on the track in a passenger car, but never driving a race car so there was that to consider as well."  

All in all, everyone was pleased with the performance and the results of the evening's activities, according to the racer. "My times improved every lap, which was good.  My goal was just to be smooth and consistent, and to learn as much as I possibly could, and I believe we achieved that.  I can't thank Carlos de Quesada and everyone associated with Alegra Motorsports enough for the opportunity. We are looking at our options for the future and I hope to have the chance to race for them someday soon."

His motorsports partners include Alegra Motorsports, Jimmy Vasser, Will Prappas, IMPACT Racing, Oakley, NGK Spark Plugs, Team Full Throttle, Craig Stanton, Battery Tender, FUEL Clothing, EPIC Action Camera, AIM, Pepsi, K&N Air Filters, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Manny and Kathy Filgueiras. 

Nov 30th 2010

The year 2010 ment a new chapter in the racing career for Eric Filgueiras. The year kicked off for Filgueiras when he participated in the Sports Car Club of America racing school in April at the famous Daytona International Speedway where even though there were problems with the car that forced Eric to be denied of needed track-time, he was able to impress the instructors enough to pass him.

 The racing started with Eric competing in the 'June Bug Dash' at the Historic Sebring International Raceway on the short course, were after starting second in class Eric was able to capture his first Formula 500 and SCCA win.

Filgueiras saw victory once again at Sebring, this time on the long course in August at an SCCA South Atlantic Road Racing Championship double header.

"This year was a very nice transition period, where I was able to grow acustom to cars since I've only raced karts before." Stated the 16 year old. "I'm happy I was able to gain experince on tracks like Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Sebring international Speedway. I look forward to next years adventures as well!"

Eric Finished 2nd in the SCCA Central Florida Region Formula 500 points standing, and will be announcing his plans for 2011 in the next few months.

Of course, Eric wouldn't be at this stage without the continuing support of Bill Simpson of IMPACT Racing, Joanna Spina of Ocean Potion, Christopher Zdrahl of NGK Spark Plugs, Tom Baker of Team Full Throttle, Craig Stanton of Magnus Racing, Michael Prelec Jr. of Battery Tender, Luis Ruibal of WR Motorsports, Ron Tindall of EPIC Action Camera, Mike McKnight of AIM, Sheldon O'Conell of Oakley, Shane Gauld Of FUEL Clothing John Hoffman of Pepsi, Junior Furino of Maaco, Bob Harris of K&N Air Filters, Al Garcia and Mathew Becherer of Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jay, Derrick and Allan of The Motorsports-Group, Patrick Keane Robert Cao, Tico Almeda, Will Prappas and most importantly Eric's devoted parents, Manny & Kathy Filgueiras.



Aug 8th 2010

Eric Filgueiras, marked his return to the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships(SARRC) by finishing first in his class at the "Sebring Long
Course Double" at Sebring International Raceway on August 7 and 8.  The young driver drove his #12 car to victory on the very technical and bumpy Sebring course.

"Driving on the very historic Sebring Long Course for me is pretty indescribable, and a huge honor to compete on," said Filgueiras. "But I was mostly trying to just run my race and progress with lap times."

Filgueiras started second in his class for the feature race, and finished out with the class win. The feature combined multiple classes for a total of over 32 cars.

"The first session out, the car was pulling to the right and I had to adjust the brake bias throughout the session to get the right balance," said Filgueiras. "The track is hands-down the roughest track you could ever compete on, but that's what makes the competition even better.  The best part was making passes and being able to go down Sebring's very long back stretch. It was very cool."


Filgueiras would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters including: Bill Simpson of IMPACT Racing, Joanna Spina of Ocean Potion, Christopher Zdrahl of NGK Spark Plugs, Tom Baker of Team Full Throttle, Craig Stanton of Magnus Racing, Michael Prelec Jr. of Battery Tender, Luis Ruibal of WR Motorsports, Todd Ballard of EPIC Action Camera, Mike McKnight of AIM, John Hoffman of Pepsi, Junior Furino of Maaco, Bob Harris of K&N Air Filters, Al Garcia of Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jay, Derrick and Allan of The Motorsports-Group, Paul Booth of Performance Drink, Patrick Keane, and most importantly Eric's devoted parents, Manny & Kathy Filgueiras.


June 11, 2010

Eric Filgueiras Finishes First in his Class in SCCA at the "June Bug Dash" at Sebring

(TFT) driver, Eric Filgueiras, marked his first run in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Formula 500 by landing a First in his class at the "June Bug Dash" at Sebring International Raceway on June 5 and 6. After 10 years of karting, the young driver pulled in his first big win of the season by wheeling his No. 12 to finish first in his class.

 "It was my first race in SCCA, and we had a little trouble with the car," said Filgueiras. "But it was mostly just getting all the bugs out. Other than that, the car felt good. I was able to get my novice permit for the race checked off and all was well."

Filgueiras started second in his class for the feature race, and finished out with the class win. The feature combined multiple classes for a total of 22 Formula cars.

"The car was handling well," said Filgueiras. "I'm still in the period of finding speed. But, the track felt great and there was a good amount of grip. What was most fun was to drive on such a well-known and historic race track after ten years of karting."

Filgueiras would like to thank all of his sponsors and supporters including Bill Simpson of IMPACT Racing, Joanna Spina of Ocean Potion, Christopher Zdrahl of NGK Spark Plugs, Tom Baker of Team Full Throttle, Craig Stanton of Magnus Racing, Michael Prelec Jr. of Battery Tender, Luis Ruibal of WR Motorsports, Todd Ballard of EPIC Action Camera, Mike McKnight of AIM, John Hoff­man of Pepsi, Junior of Maaco, Bob Harris of K&N Air Filters Al Garcia of Homestead-Miami Speedway, Robert Cao of Factory 1 Racing, Patrick Keene, and most importantly Eric's devoted parents, Manny & Kathy Filgueiras.


April 24th 2010

Driver News

Eric Filgueiras, who has 10 years of karting underneath his belt, has won many regional and national races and championships. But this past weekend marked a new chapter in Eric's racing career: car racing. This weekend Eric made his debut into not only car racing, but more importantly into SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). Eric attended the SCCA School at Daytona International Speedway. The school consisted of a three-hour classroom session on Friday night, where there was a test at the end of the session, and Eric passed with flying colors. Saturday and Sunday were driver's meetings and on-track sessions on the 1.2-mile infield course. Saturday started out with the morning driver's meeting, but the day was far from smooth. Fighting clutch problems all day, the car wouldn't make it past turn one, and the weekend looked dim. With a spare clutch in the trailer, the team decided to give it one last shot and swap out clutches on the car. This decision proved to be the change of luck that Eric needed. As he started turning laps on the last session of Saturday, Eric was called in for a routine black-flag stop, and while speaking momentarily with a steward, the engine overheated and a water hose shot off, forcing him to retire for what was left of the day. With having a bad first day, the EF Racing team vowed that Sunday Eric would make and fully complete every session. And they did! Three practice starts and a five-lap race was scheduled where the stewards would judge the ability Technique, Reactions, Flag Recognition and more. At the end of Sunday, all school students met up at the media center to get their novice permit book filled out, and when it was Eric's turn up, despite the lack of track time on Saturday, he presented himself courteously and professionally, and was able to get his second school waved off. "After the experience this weekend I am very excited to not only be able to start racing in SCCA events, but to also just be a part of SCCA. The events are run to the fullest of professionalism and can teach a driver a lot" said Filgueiras. 

For these accomplishments, Eric would like to thank: Bill Simpson of IMPACT Racing, Joanna Spina of Ocean Potion, Christopher Zdrahl of NGK Spark Plugs, Tom Baker of Team Full Throttle, Craig Stanton of Magnus Racing, Michael of Battery Tender, Luis Ruibal of WR Motorsports, Buddy Long from WKA, Bill Wright from FWT, Todd Ballard of EPIC Action Camera, Mike McKnight of AIM, Al Garcia of Homestead-Miami Speedway, Robert Cao of Factory 1 Racing, David Bowles from the SCCA Florida region, and most importantly Eric's loving parents, Manny & Kathy Filgueiras.



Dec 3rd 2009

Driver News

2009 was a great year for Eric Filgueiras. Competing in Florida Winter tour, winning two titles in the Florida Karting Championship Series, and managing a very solid finish in the very Prestigious 8thannual Easykart World Finals in Siena, Italy. The year seemed to be pretty successful, and half of the year was used to make preparations on the newest addition to EF Racing; a Formula 500 that was obtained during this summer.

For 2010, the plan for Eric is to compete for the first time in the FARA series located at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he will run on the road course. The other series that Eric is planning to run for the 2010 schedule for the first time as well is SCCA. He will compete in the F-500 class at SCCA Florida regionals, and select SARRC races. Eric will not be competing in Karting next year, as the racing Budget will only be able to withstand car racing.

For a great 2009, and for an even better 2010 season, Eric would like to thank his parents Manny and Kathy, Bill Simpson of IMPACT Racing, Paul Booth of Performance Drink, Joanna Spina of Ocean Potion, Jim Hodgkins of NGK Spark Plugs, Robby Mott of Ribtect, Michael Jr. of Battery Tender,  SCC East, Easykart America, Junior Furino of Maaco of Cocoa Fl, Robert Cao , Patrick Keane and Luis, Tico Almeida from FARA and Wagner of MG Tires.


Oct 27th 2009

World Final in Sienna Italy

We just got back from the Easykart world championship in Siena Italy. Below are some photos of Eric's Kart and racing pictures. Eric finished 2nd in B main race and started 30th at the back of the pack for the A main event and was able to finish a very respectful 17th out of 61 drivers. Just in case you don't know how competitive this event is, here are some facts:

1) Only the top Easykart drivers from around the world are invited to race at this event.
2) The Italians and the Europeans have the home court advantage since they know that track inside and out.
3) The Italians and the Europeans also had their own karts and engineers etc. Eric was in a rental kart given to him by Birel Easykart for being the USA Champion.
4) By the end of the race Eric was 11th quickest overall out of 61 other drivers.

This year's Easykart World Finals was not an event to be missed, so when Eric Filgueiras won the FKCS Easykart 100cc championship, it was all he would be looking forward to for the months to come. And since his last trip to Italy ended in the gravel pit of turn 1, lap 1, he was looking forward to redemption. The format of the event would be 2 groups, with an A and B final with the object to make it to the A final. And with Thursday and Friday practice, Saturday the qualifying heats, leading up to Sunday's final events.

Thursday was all about getting the kart prepared, learning the format, and learning the track. Eric was able to get the last 3 sessions in for Thursday. Friday was a good day, with Eric staying around mid-way on the time sheets the whole day, and with qualifying being the last session of the day, all thought and focus was put on trying to get the right setup. With trying as hard as he could, Eric would end up starting 19th in both qualifying heats.

Saturday would come with one warm-up, and then the two 12 lap qualifying heats to decide where drivers would start in the A or B final. The first heat consisted of Eric going back a few spots, but being able to take them back during the course of the race, ultimately finishing 18th out of the 30 in the heat. The second heat went a lot better as Eric would fight throughout the first few laps, and catching and passing and ultimately finishing 14th.

The two combined finishes would start Eric in 3rd for the B Final. The B Final would go as Eric retaining the 3rd place spot, then overtaking second on lap 3, with Eric taking the fight to first, swapping for first and second up until the last lap, with settling for second in the end. All eyes were set on the A Final. With the 2nd in the B Final, it set Eric up to start 30th in the A final.
For the Final race, the start was a bit like madness, as the whole field immediately broke into a scatter. Turn 3 held a pile-up that was right in front of Eric, that slowed him down enough to have the pack get away by a little. Within the next few turns Eric was able to make up the time, and started picking off the opposition within the 24-lap race.The race competition was so fierce that the fight for Eric's last position that he picked up came down to the last stretch of straight on the last lap. But throughout the long and hard race, Eric was able to finish a very
respectable 17th out of the 61 in his class (and also he was the 2nd highest placing American in entire USA Team).

For this great feat, Eric would like to thank; His parents Manny and Kathy, Bill Simpson of IMPACT Racing, Paul Booth of Performance Drink, Joanna of Ocean Potion, Jim of NGK Spark Plugs, Robby of Ribtect, Robert Cao of F1R, Michael Jr. of Battery Tender, and Luis and Wagner of MG Tires.



Oct 2009

With the prize of going to the Easykart World Finals eluding Eric Filgueiras for a couple of years, and only gone one time in the past, you can understand that he is very excited to be going back. He won this year's Florida Karting Championship Series Easykart 100cc class, and that's what clinched the prize for him. We also mentioned earlier that Eric competed in a previous Easykart World Finals event on 60cc. That was in 2006, in which was taken place in Jeselo. It was a great experience for Eric, which unfortunately ended on turn 1, starting 6thin the B-Main. But Eric is very excited and focused on the task at hand which is bringing home the trophy on the top step. "I'm so excited to be going back. It'll be really nice to see old friends that I know from my previous trip and the great even and racing that is the Easykart World Finals." Eric would like to thank all of his sponsors especially Toto Lassaly of Speedcom Communication, Mg Tires, Ocean Potion, NGK plugs, Battery Tender, F1R Robert Cao, Bill from Impact Racing, Paul Booth with Performance Drink, Robby from Ribtect, Robertos Restaurant in Cocoa Beach, Easykart Florida and his dad Manny & Mom for this opportunity to go back to Italy for the World Finals in Sienna Oct 16-18.



Sept 14th, 2009

Going into this year's Easykart Grand National, Eric Filgueiras had already locked up the Florida Karting Championship Series Easykart 100 championship. And by doing so, it meant that Filgueiras was already headed toward the Easykart World Finals (to be held in Siena, Italy on October 16,17,18). Friday practice was a bit of a struggle until the last session, but by that time the kart was a lot closer on pace than before.  Since the weekend was on a one-day everything-format, the festivities got under way Saturday. Morning practice felt good and qualifying was even better. There where two qualifying sessions, but Eric decided not to run the second session, and this decision did not move him down the time sheets, as he would start fourth in the Pre-Final. The Pre-Final would start out good but the kart setup would wear out, and Eric would finish fifth. The Final though, would not be as good. When going down the backstretch of the warm up lap the kart would suffer a mechanical failure, and would not to end up the way I planned it to be, getting to know the nature of these new VEGA tires is going to be very helpful for the world finals."
His Parents-Manny & Kathy, Toto Lassally of SPEEDCOM Communications, Bill
Simpson- IMPACT Racing, Luis & Wagner-MG Tires, Joanna Spina of Ocean
Potion, Wagner- Alfano, Paul- Performance Drink, Jim Hodgkins from NGK,
Michael Jr.Prelec from Battery Tender, Junior Furino from Maaco of Cocoa and
Dave Davies/ RJ Valentine- SSC East/CRG & F1 Boston.


July 31, 2009


The Season finale of the FKCS got under way this weekend July 25-26, with 15 year old Eric Filgueiras came in with a 150 and 135 points gap in both Rotax Jr & Easykart 100. Coming into this race he had already won 5 races between the two classes, and was eager to add more coming into race 5 of 5.

The weekend kicked off on Saturday with Rotax Jr. Qualifying was not excellent, but very acceptable coming in with a second place to start the race off with. The Pre-final went smooth, with only losing one position, but very strategically finishing third to be in a third position for the start of the Final. As the Final set off, going into the first turn contact was made between Eric and the second place driver, which didn't cause an accident, but enough to allow the leader to put a gap between himself and the rest of the field. Eric was able to hold off third place until turn five of the last lap, in which Eric was able to re-pass in the same exact turn, after the driver had over-shot the corner, and left himself open to be over-taken. In the end Eric finished 2nd in the race, but won the Rotax Jr. State of Florida Championship FKCS.

Sunday would wrap up the weekend and the series, with qualifying to start the day's festivities. Eric would qualify with a 3rd place over all & a 1st in the IAME category to start the Pre-final. Going into the first turn Eric would only lose 1 position (in class). But it would show to be a short lived position, due to an incident involving several karts in turn eight, which would cause Eric to drop back to nearly last. Working his way up the field he soon found himself fighting for the lead. Finally, passing for 1st place in turn 5, the driver being over taken dove to the inside of the turn while Eric was still to the inside, thus knocking off and breaking his chain, and he was forced to retire from the race. Eric would have to start from the back of the field 12 place out 15 drivers in the Final, but stayed very positive, cool & composed. Slowly picking off positions, Eric would end up in the 3rd position by the end of the race. Even though Eric hadn't won the race, there was no taking away the fact that he had won the FKCS Championship, and with it a step closer to going to the Easykart World Finals, to be held in Siena, Italy in October.

After the weekend, Eric had this to say: "With this being my last serious year of full schedule kart racing, I'm very pleased with the fact that I was able to come back this year and win myself two more championships. Looking back on my Ten years that I've been karting, I'm very proud that I can say that I've won many races and Championships with hard work and with very little money also it always just being my dad and I. Never any high-paid mechanic or tuner."

Eric would like to thank: Toto Lasally of SPEEDCOM Communications, RJ Valentine & Dave Davies of SSC East & CRG/ F1 Boston, Bill Simpson of IMPACT Racing, Joanne of Ocean Potion, Luis & Wagner of MG tires & Alfano, Paul Booth of Performance Drink, Jim of NGK Spark Plugs, Robby of Ribtect, Junior Furino of Maaco, Michael Jr. from Battery Tender, and of course his Parents Manny & Kathy and his sister Rachael.


June 29th, 2009

Ocala race 4

Round 4 of 5 got under way at Ocala Gran Prix as Eric Filgueiras came into the race with a points lead in both Rotax Jr and Easykart 100. Rotax Jr was the first class of the weekend on Saturday. Rotax Jr. Qualifying would be a close one, with Eric ending up in third, but only with .1 of a second margin between himself and the leader. The Pre-Final would not be very exciting as Eric would fall back one position and finish fourth. The Pre-final would be almost the same, with Eric moving up one spot on the first lap, and staying in third for the rest of the race.  Sunday 100cc Easykart would be different, as Eric would grab the pole, Pre-Final & Final position with a 12 second lead over second place, for Parilla Easykart 100 making it a clean sweep. Eric would like to thank all of his sponsors, friends and family.



June 10th, 2009

In the News: FloridaToday.com

Filgueiras poised for next step to cars
Port St. John teen has dominated circuit in go-karts

Read article here:
floridatoday.com



May 26th, 2009

News release

Eric Filgueiras, who has been a karter for 10 years and won numerous Championships, is now turning the page and starting a new chapter in his career: Car racing.  This year Eric will be testing his Formula 500, and competing in SCCA races during the 2010 season. Eric will still always be connected to his karting roots and drive for SSC East, but will be more focused on making a career out of racing cars. Eric would like to thank his parents, All of his Sponsors, and a special thank you going out to Toto Lassally, Manny Filgueiras, Tico Almeda, Robert Cao, Patrick Keehn, and to all of those who have helped him.



May 19th, 2009


Round three of the Florida Kart Championship Series got under way this weekend at 103rd Jacksonville complex. Eric Filgueiras Came into the Rotax JR points standings 1st, and the Easykart 100 points 3rd. With no Friday practice for Eric because he was attending school, Saturday would kick off the weekend with race 3 of 5 for Rotax JR. With not having the all new 2009 Rotax Cylinder that everyone but Eric had, he knew he would be behind the game on this one. With a  frustrating day, Eric would Qualify 8th, finish 6th in the Pre-Final, and Also Finishing 6th in the Final. Although the day would not go towards Eric's favor, He would end the Rotax portion still leading the point's standings. Sunday would prove to be a much better day though, as race 3 of 5 the Easykart  class would show to be more about the driver's capability behind the steering wheel, and not about the engine mounted to the chassis (Spec Class). Eric would qualify behind a young driver hailing all the way from Italy by the name of Riccardo Geltrude who is the current point winner in Easykart 100cc. The Pre-Final would have a heated battle between Eric, Riccardo & Jesus Rios Jr. for the lead. The Pre-Final would finish with Filgueiras finishing 3rd.  The Final would also be a heated battle, but this time the win coming down between Rios Jr. & Filgueiras. With a last lap move on the outside of Rios, Eric would take the victory and also the Championship lead with two more races to go and a certain Easykart Grand National in September, with the winner receiving a completely paid trip to Italy For the World Finals. A race that 15- year old Eric Filgueiras will be competing in.

For these accomplishments Eric would like to thank: His Dad, Mom and Sister, Toto Lassally of SPEEDCOM COMMUNICATIONS, Bill Simpson of IMPACT! Racing, Dave Davies and R.J. Valentine of SSC East and F1 Boston, Joanna of Ocean Potion, Paul Booth of Performance Drink, Luis & Wagner of MG Tires and ALFANO, Robby Mott of Ribtect, Robert Cao of Factory One Racing, Michael Jr of Battery Tender, Curtis and Al from Homestead-Miami Speedway and Jim Hodgkins with NGK.




May 12th 2009


Listen to Eric's Interview On
Real Racin' USA
http://www.realracinusa.com/

Eric talks about his history and experience
 in racing, his sponsors, and his crew.

Link to Full Radio Podcast:
HERE (Eric starts at 1:03)

Or Listen to Edited version Eric Only:
HERE (Be patient while it downloads)



May 11th 2009

InsideFloridaRacing - Eric Filgueiras

FKCS driver Eric Filgueiras will be interviewed, Monday, May 11th during the radio show's karting segment on www.InsideFloridaRacing.com.


Click here to listen live 

We will send an update on Saturday if show changes. The karting segment runs for about 20 minutes starting at 8PM EST time. Tune in regularly for great updates / interviews on racing in Florida. Shows are recorded and saved to the site so if you miss it, you can always listen in at a later date. After FKCS races they usually provide an update on selected class finishes as well. So please support the site and their sponsors as they help promote our series! Watch for interviews in the future with other FKCS drivers!



April 2009

Driver News on Eric Filgueiras


Round 2 of the Florida Kart Championship Series(FKCS) rolled around this weekend, With Eric Filgueiras Coming in with two 1st place podium and a 4th for Rotax Jr. and Easykart 100. And this particular weekend, he would be 'testing the waters' in the TaG Jr. class running on his SSC East CRG/Rotax package. Saturday would be a good day, as Eric would sweep the Rotax class with ease, taking the qualifying, Pre-Final & Final. TaG Jr would show to be more of a challenge for the CRG driver, With not having the time or enough financial backing for new tires would show a bad qualifying and would be forced to start 11th. With starting in the back, Eric would finish in 6th. in the pre final and would finish a strong 4th place in the final. Sunday would be very good as well, with some fun morning sessions in the rain Eric would prove his dominance in the rain by posting 3 quickest out the entire FKCS driver field. But as qualifying came around, the track dried up with Eric starting in 2nd on pole for the race. This was caused by having no brakes on the kart. In the pre- Final, though the brand new brake pads would stick to the disc, and a tire going down Eric would have to settle to for 4th. With one of the problems being fixed, however Filgueiras would demonstrate his adaptability by overcoming his starting deficiency in the final and making it a 3-way battle for first with both Rhea's. Even with John Rhea able to best Filgueiras' fastest lap he could not hold the position and gave up with 3 laps to in the race to Filgueiras. Rounding out the podium were both John and Dorothy Rhea in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Eric is on a mission to get his 3rd consecutive Title in Easykart 100cc. in 2009.

Eric would like to thank all of his sponsors and parents for everything over the weekend.

SSC East,  F1 Boston, Speedcom, Mg tires, Ocean potion, Impact Racing,
Ribtect, Alfano, NGK, Battery Tender, Easykart of Florida, Performance
Drink, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Mike Savage and F1 Factory One.



March 2, 2009

Driver news and progression of Eric Filgueiras


As the annual Florida Kart Championship Series rolled around, already 3-time in a row FKCS Champion Eric Filgueiras was feeling very optimistic for the 2009 season. Saturday would show to be a good one, as Eric would do a clean sweep in the Rotax Jr. category with no battle from any of the opposition, winning the pole award and fast time, Pre-final & Final. Sunday would look to be a different story, though. As moving the seat backwards on the kart would show for less grip in the front end, Eric would start 2nd on the grid only behind by .059 tenths of a second. The Pre-final would start out terribly for the young driver, as he would be put back a row due to an incompetent pole-sitter. Rain would go on and off during the Pre-final, finally ending it, and not able to run a final heat race, where the times showed that on the pre-final Eric was faster than the 1st place driver Eric finishing in an upsetting fourth.

Eric's next month and a half has a variety of races including:

-Florida Winter Tour round 3 races 5 & 6 at Ocala Grand Prix.
-Florida Kart Championship Series round 2 at Ocala Grand Prix.
-F.A.R.A. racing series round 1 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

He would like to thank all of his sponsors for making this possible Mg Tires, Impact Racing, NGK, Speedcom & Shock Doctor, Ocean Potion, Alfano, Ribtect, SSC East, F1 Boston, Performance Drink, F1R Factory One Racing and Battery Tender

Remember if you run hard you'll always stay cool!!!!!!!!!!


Jan 2009

Driver news

Eric Filgueiras, who is a multi-time Champion and 2007 Mini Max Winter Tour Champion, will be teaming up with SSC East/ CRG to run the Florida Winter Tour, and the Rotax Max Grand National, in both series' running in the Rotax Jr. category.  

"I spoke to Dave Davies, R.J Valentine and Marshall Martin, at the PRI Show on Thursday, gave Dave Davies my card and packet, and he seemed impressed. So, we talked again.

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