USAC Champion Chris Windom to Make Indy Lights Debut
Over the years, USAC has produced many successful drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy and Verizon IndyCar Series ranks, and that will continue in 2018. 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Champion Chris Windom will make his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut in the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving the No. 33 Dallara IL-15 for Belardi Auto Racing.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to race for Belardi Auto Racing with Byrd & Baldwin,” he said. “The Belardi team has had a ton of success on the Road to Indy, so I know I’ll be in good hands, with great teammates, as I deal with a fairly steep learning curve. Though I’ve run big, high-speed tracks in Silver Crown, ARCA, and NASCAR, this will be my first rear-engine experience, so it’s obviously an entirely different style of racing than anything I’ve ever done, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge and to taking what I hope are solid steps to my goal of racing in the Indy 500.”
The opportunity comes for the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Champion comes through a partnership between Belardi, Jonathan Byrd Racing, and Baldwin Brothers Racing.
“We’re quite pleased to have Chris join our team,” offered Brian Belardi, Team Principal for the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champions and the 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team champions. “He’s obviously an extremely talented racer with a championship pedigree that has achieved success across multiple grassroots racing disciplines. I know that we are bringing a seasoned racer to our organization and that we will give him the tools that he needs to succeed.”
While marking Byrd’s first time participating in Indy Lights, the name is no stranger to Indy; this year marks the 33rd anniversary of their first Indianapolis 500 entry,
David Byrd added, “With two USAC championships under his belt and a bright future ahead of him, Chris has certainly earned himself an opportunity at Indy. His abilities are obvious, but naturally, given his background, he needs the chance to gain experience, and when it comes to driver development, there’s no better team on the Road to Indy than Belardi Auto Racing. Speaking on behalf of my family and for Kenny Baldwin, who has been such a big part of Chris’ career over the last few years, we are tremendously appreciative of the opportunity to partner with Brian Belardi and the fantastic professionals on his team, and can’t wait to see Chris behind the wheel of the Belardi Auto Racing with Byrd & Baldwin machine.”
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