Firestone Indy Lights drivers shuffle seats
There will be several familiar faces returning to the Firestone Indy Lights this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
Heading the list is Robbie Pecorari, who has signed to drive a fifth Guthrie Racing entry for the remaining four races of 2008. Pecorari, who finished second for team owner Jim Guthrie's team at Kansas in April will drive the SAI Hydraulics Guthrie Racing No.44 machine.
“Robbie has raced with us a few times this season, and the kid just has talent,” said Guthrie Racing team owner Jim Guthrie. “Adding Robbie brings even more experience and talent to our already top-class roster.”
Pecorari has made three starts for the team, including his runner-up run at Kansas. The former Firestone Indy Lights race winner hopes to make an impact in the final three race weekends of the season.
“I want to thank Jim and everyone at Guthrie Racing for giving me the opportunity to run the rest of the season with them,” Pecorari said. “We have talked many times since Star Mazda in 2005, and it is great to know I have a team that is capable of winning races behind me.”
Pecorari won his first race in 2007 at Nashville Superspeedway, and has continued that success with four career top-fives on ovals, and five top-10 finishes on road and street courses.
“We had a great run and challenged for the lead in Kansas and I was running for a podium spot at Mid-Ohio until we had some bad luck, but I am looking forward to getting Guthrie Racing their first win since the 2006 season,” Pecorari said.
Another veteran driver returning to the series is Jonathan Klein, who returns to Team Moore Racing as driver of the No. 22 TMR Xtreme Coil Drilling car for the events at Kentucky and Chicagoland.
“I am ecstatic to be back in the Indy Lights Series and working with Team Moore Racing again,” Klein said. "I am so thankful for this opportunity and for Tom Wood and Mark Moore going out on a limb to help make this happen, I just can’t thank them enough. I think the best way to say thank you to them is to go out there and try to give TMR their first win. I’m looking forward to going to a track where I know how to produce a stout performance.”
Several other drivers will also be racing in new cars this weekend. Pablo Donoso, will drive for Joe Mobley's No. 3 Mo'sGold car this weekend, while Mike Potekhen and P.J. Abbott return to the series this weekend with SWE and Michael Crawford Motorsports, respectively.
Newcomer Christina Orr, a veteran of New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series, will debut with Alliance Motorsports, while Daniel Herrington makes his oval debut with his new team RLR/Andersen Racing.