One day after setting the fastest time in the final day of the Mazda Road to Indy’s Spring Training, Belardi Auto Racing officially named Santi Urrutia to its Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires squad for 2018.
The six-time race winner has finished second in the Indy Lights championships in each of the past two seasons. He’ll drive the No.5 entry alongside last year’s teammate Aaron Telitz.
“I am very happy to be back with Belardi, I believe in Brian and in all of the team,” Urrutia said. “It is going to be my third year with Tim Neff as my engineer, so I know him very well. I know it is going to be a fun year, but also a tough year because it is going to be super competitive.
“I have to be 100 percent focused every weekend. I am going to have to be very smart and finish all of the races in at least the top five. I am looking forward to starting the season strong in St. Pete and then fight for the championship. I have only one goal and that is to win the championship.”
Added team principal Brian Belardi: “We’re really happy to have Santi signed with us for the 2018 season. He’s a supreme talent in the car and is focused on one thing and that is winning the championship. Santi just finished at the top of the test day at Homestead yesterday. I know that we’ll challenge for race wins and the championship this year.”