Firestone Indy Lights Series Visits Auto Club Speedway

Drivers prepare for Sept. return to SoCal’s premier motorsports venue

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (April 17, 2012) – The 2012 Firestone Indy Lights series will take a break for almost a month before its next scheduled event.  In the meantime, drivers and teams from the Series converged on Auto Club Speedway’s 2-mile D-shaped oval on Tuesday for a closed test in preparation for the Series’ return to Southern California’s premier motorsports facility during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship Weekend, Sept. 14-15.

Team AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport driver Sebastian Saavedra, driver of the No. 27 Team AFS car and pole winner in the Indy Lights Series event in Long Beach last weekend was excited to shake down his ride. “Every lap you learn something,” he said.  “Even though I haven’t been here, you get a feel of what the car will be like when we come back in September.”

Sam Schmidt Motorsports’ Esteban Guerrieri, driver of the No. 11 Pistas Argentinas car and winner of the Indy Lights Series event in Long Beach last weekend didn’t make it out on track in the morning session, but nonetheless, was looking forward to hitting the track and returning in September.  “This is a good race track to have the finale on,” he said.  “I hope everyone gets their tickets now to come out.  It will be a great race.”

Teams testing on Tuesday included:  Team Moore Racing (Gustavo Yacaman), Sam Schmidt Motorsports (Victor Carbone, Oliver Webb, Tristan Vautier, Estaban Guerrieri,), Belardi Auto Racing (Jorge Goncalvez, Alon Day), Hillenburg Motorsports (Darryl Wills), Fan Force United (Armaan Ebrahim), Andretti Autosport (Carlos Munoz), AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport (Sebastian Saavedra), Bryan Herta Autosport (Nick Andries) and Jeffrey Mark Motorsport (Juan Pablo Garcia).

Tickets to the IZOD IndyCar World Championship Weekend at Auto Club Speedway which includes the Firestone Indy Lights Series are on-sale now.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

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About Auto Club Speedway:  Auto Club Speedway, is a two-mile oval located in Fontana, California and is home to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race each March. The track also hosts the IZOD IndyCar World Championship Finale, Historic Sports Car Festival and community events including Red White & Cruise, the annual Fourth of July celebration. In addition to auto racing and community events, the Speedway is home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. The track is active for more than 320 days every year. 

About Firestone Indy Lights:  Firestone Indy Lights is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Run primarily in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series events, the Firestone Indy Lights’ schedule features races on road courses/street circuits and ovals. Teams compete for almost $4 million in prize money in cars that are second only in speed to the IZOD IndyCar Series at most tracks they visit. Recent graduates of this fast and cost-effective series include Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimball, Ed Carpenter, Jay Howard, JR Hildebrand, and Alex Lloyd. For more information on the Firestone Indy Lights, visit www.firestoneindylights.com.
 

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