Team Pelfrey announced today that 25-year-old Indy Lights driver Neil Alberico will drive the No.2 Team Pelfrey Mazda for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend.
“I would like to thank Rising Star Racing (RSR) and Team Pelfrey for granting me this opportunity,” Alberico said. “I have been working hard over the course of the offseason, both in the United States and in the Philippines, to generate support and awareness for my career and the sport of open-wheel racing.
“The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is the next step in my career as a professional driver in the premier sport of open-wheel racing in North America.”
“Rising Star Racing is proud that Neil is teaming with Team Pelfrey,” said Rising Star Racing founder and CEO Art Wilmes. “I want to especially thank Dale Pelfrey and Gary Neal for their efforts,” Wilmes said. “It has been a pleasure to work with both of them, over the course of our deliberations.”
In his previous two Indy Lights seasons, Alberico competed for Carlin. Last season, Alberico finished third and 15th in the two Grand Prix races of St. Petersburg.
“Simply, I want to win races and Team Pelfrey has granted me the opportunity to do, just that,” Alberico said. “It gives me confidence to know that Team Pelfrey has faith in my ability to be competitive and to win while racing in the Grand Prix of St. Pete.”
“It is going to be fantastic to have Neil in a Team Pelfrey Indy Lights car at St. Petersburg,” added Team Pelfrey manager Gary Neal. “Having watched Neil’s progress over the last two seasons, I expect to be at the sharp end of the field and I can’t wait to get him back on track.”