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Telitz Returns to Belardi Auto Racing

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Aaron Telitz is hopeful to chase after the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship this season as it was confirmed he intends to run the full schedule with Belardi Auto Racing in 2018.

“I’m incredibly excited about how our team is developing for 2018, and being able to run Aaron again next year is such a huge positive for our organization,” offered team owner Brian Belardi. “As a rookie last year, he showed us his talents immediately, winning the opener at St. Petersburg. As he continued to develop in the car, he became even more impressive. I believe that his performance in the rain at Watkins Glen is a real indication of just how good Aaron is and how good he could become. We’re thrilled to have him back.”

As of right now, the American has put together a partial budget for the year, with continued efforts being put in to put enough marketing partners together for all 10 events. The 26-year-old will begin the year at St. Petersburg, and go as far as his budget allows him to do so.

The Minnesota resident scored a pair of wins last season, starting off the year with a victory at St. Petersburg, before winning the wet season finale at Watkins Glen. He got the opportunity in Indy Lights last year with the scholarship from Mazda after winning the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
“It’s a great feeling to be coming back with Belardi Auto Racing to have another go at the Indy Lights Championship,” Telitz enthused. “This will be the first time in my career that I get to drive for the same team in back-to-back years. The continuity is already there and we will be a force from the drop of the green flag at St. Pete.

“As always, funding could be a limiting factor for me this season as I will be working to finish out my budget throughout the season. Brian has been gracious enough to work with me and figure out how we can make it work this year. I want to offer a massive thanks to my long-time partner Rice Lake Weighing Systems, who have been with me since Formula Fords and continue to ensure my racing career is able to flourish. Also thanks to Morrie’s Auto Group, PPG, Assured Automotive, Styled Aesthetic, Liberty Engineering, and Bell Helmets, who are all on-board to assist in my run at the championship in 2018. I know that we will have our work cut out for us, but I’m confident that we can get the job done and bring the Driver Championship back to Belardi in 2018!”

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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