BROWNSBURG, Ind. – official team release — Belardi Auto Racing photo —
Belardi Auto Racing will continue preparations for the 2016 Indy Lights season by testing Jan. 26-27 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with race winner Zach Veach and Europen F3 champion Felix Rosenqvist.
This is the first official test of the 2016 season and the Mazda Road to Indy technical staff will be trackside to make sure the cars are legal and the drivers are primed and ready to go.
Veach, who has already signed with Belardi for 2016, will be making his return to the Indy Lights circuit after taking a year off pursuing an IndyCar seat, and his re-focus on the top level of the Mazda Road to Indy has put him behind the wheel of the new Dallara IL-15 that debuted last year. Veach was back up to speed quickly in his initial off-season tests with the Belardi operation in south Florida, and he is itching to return to the seat to continue preparing for the season, which will kick off on March 11-13 with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, an event that Veach won in 2014.
Rosenqvist, a 24-year-old Swedish driver, comes to the Homestead test with Belardi Auto Racing having impressed with Team Pelfrey at Palm Beach in December. The reigning European Formula 3 champion tested with GP2 outfits Status Grand Prix and Prema Powerteam in Abu Dhabi last fall.
Rosenqvist’s resume is stacked, and includes F3 wins in Pau, Macau and the Masters of Formula 3 events.
“We’re thrilled to have Felix in our second car alongside Zach for the Homestead test and we’re very keen on his running in Belardi red and white this season,” said team principal Brian Belardi. “They both have race-winning pedigrees. Zach has in-depth knowledge of the Mazda Road to Indy venues, and he knows how to win. I know that first-hand, as we had to fight him all year to take the title in 2014. Felix is equally as talented and has a well-developed understanding of the sport and the racecar itself. His resume speaks for it.”
“If we can firm up this team, we’ll be gunning to bring the title back to Brownsburg at the end of 2016.”
CREDIT: Belardi Auto Racing