Juan Pablo Garcia to Drive for Jeffrey Mark Motorsport
The Firestone Indy Lights grid continues to grow stronger with the addition of Juan Pablo Garcia, who will drive for newcomer Jeffrey Mark Motorsport for the 2012 season.
Garcia, who hails from Mexico, is not new to the Firestone Indy Lights circuit. He made his debut in 2009 and ran three consecutive partial seasons. He began his professional racing career in 2006 and has competed in several other series, including Formula Renault 2000, A1 Grand Prix and British Formula Three.
Freightliner Trucks will be the primary sponsor of the #76 entry. As one of the most recognizable and respected names in the trucking industry, Freightliner is the largest division of Daimler Trucks North America.
"I'm very happy to be joining Jeffrey Mark Motorsport for the full 2012 season," said Garcia. "I want to thank Freightliner Trucks and I can't wait to start the testing this week at Sebring so I can be prepared for my first race. It's great to know that I have a great support team, especially with my engineers, so I'm confident that we can have very good results. I think that will benefit all of us and I'm proud that I can be part of this very successful team."
Jeffrey Mark Motorsport, although new to the Indy Lights Series, will receive a big boost in the form of operational support from multiple race-winning Indy Lights squad Bryan Herta Autosport. Garcia's JMM Freightliner #76 will be based in the Indianapolis headquarters of Bryan Herta Autosport and the operation of the entry will be overseen by BHA personnel.
"I'm thrilled to have Juan Pablo racing with Jeffrey Mark Motorsport for our inaugural season," explained team owner Jeff Mark. "It's always been a dream of mine to own a race team and I am ecstatic that the time has finally come. JMM and JPG are going to have a great year together!"
On Saturday, March 24, the Firestone Indy Lights season kicks off on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL. The race is the first of twelve on the 2012 schedule and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports.