Belardi adds Wilson, third entry for final two races

Short-track racer Jacob Wilson will join Belardi Auto Racing for the final two events of the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights season following successful completion of his rookie test at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 22.

"I feel that my rookie test went extremely well," The 21-year-old Wilson said. "Being relatively quick on track by ourselves and not having any problems when we were working with traffic really gave me a confidence boost. Passing the rookie test was crucial for me to join Belardi Auto Racing in the final two races of the year. It'll be a great opportunity to learn the ropes of Indy Lights and hopefully come away with some impressive results."

Wilson, a native of Crawfordsville, Ind., has been racing for more than 15 years. He started with go-karts and midgets and has most recently raced in the USAC Silver Crown series, National Pavement Sprint Car Series and the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series.

Wilson ran 225 miles in the #19 machine at the track in Sparta, Kentucky, and was officially granted his rookie license, enabling him to drive in his first Lights race next week.

"After yesterday's test at Kentucky Speedway, we are all very excited to have Jacob on board for the last two races because he proved he could do well in a Lights car," said Brian Belardi, owner of Belardi Auto Racing. "He will be a great addition to the team, and I can't wait to see what he, Anders and Jorge do in these last few races. It'll be interesting having three cars in the field."

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