Jorge Cevallos/ Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
- Full Name:
- Jorge Ivan Cevallos Saad
- San Diego, California
- Coronado, California
- Favorite tracks:
- Karting, race simulators, music, eco-tourism, climbing, fishing, running on the beach, skiing
Bright Star of the Race Track
Jorge Cevallos is a promising young man who is deeply passionate about his one true love – motorsports. Being only in his early 20s, he has managed to overcome many challenges on his way to success and has achieved many accomplishments to be proud of. Jorge was born in June 16, 1994 in Tijuana, the largest city in the Mexican state Baja California. Nowadays, he lives in San Diego, California and is an official Formula One racer of the Escuderia Telmex Program, successfully participating in the Pro Mazda Championship "Road to Indy". Jorge Cevallos is also a participant and active promoter of "Young Driver Safety Program".
Turning Passion into Profession
The racing career of this young Mexican driver started in 2008 when he received the 3rd place in the HPV-2 Junior category at the San Diego Karting Association Championship. Next year, he participated in the Los Angeles Karting and California State Karting Championships, obtaining the 3rd place in both competitions. In 2010, Jorge got the 4th place in the IKF (International Karting Federation) Championship. He was selected to be a representative of the Mexican team for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Italy. Then he moved on to a new category of racing with Tony Kart West team headed by Buddy Rice, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona. Competing in the Senior Max Division, he took podiums in Rotax Challenge of the Americans, Gatorz Karting Cup, and Pan American Championships. The same year he went to Oxford, England to test for the British Formula Three and Formula Renault BARC Championship. After he was successfully accepted, he started his active training for the upcoming competition.
In 2012, Jorge Cevallos joined the selected group of young rookies in Escuderia Telmex to participate in the extremely competitive Protyre Formula Renault Championship. Racing for MTech-Lite Team, he overcame his 3 team-mates and took the 12th place. After showing great performance, he was chosen as the best driver in his team. The following years, Cevallos was experiencing a great rise in his racing career. He joined Fortec Motorsports team to take part in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. Overall, Jorge participated in 27 races in Europe, taking the 3rd place in the British Championship "Formula Renault". During this time, he received numerous awards and made a number of accomplishments: became the first Mexican in the history who won the British Formula; gained the distinction Trophy Ricardo Rodriguez as the best Mexican racer under 21; became the only Mexican graduate of the program "Young Drivers Excellence Academy", being selected by the FIA Institute.
Through Hardships to the Stars
At the peak of his career, Jorge Cevallos suddenly had to stop his professional activity due to the medical problems. In 2014, during his participation in the Formula Renault NEC 2.0 Championship, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. As he was suffering from a sharp pain and cramps, he was hospitalized without being able to finish the championship. He had to go through a 3-step colon surgery to regain his optimal bowel function. However, the desease didn't break Jorge's spirit and his strong determination to move forward to success. He did everything possible to recover in the shortest time and make an outstanding comeback to the racing scene. So in March 2016, after 20 months out of competitions, Jorge Cevallos made his official return, taking part in the Pro Mazda Championship "Road to Indy" series in the USA.