Road to Indy standout Aaron Telitz will be embedded with AIM Vasser Sullivan for the 2019 IndyCar season as he continues working toward a spot on the grid next year.
The Wisconsin native won the 2016 Indy Pro 2000 (née Pro Mazda) title, and was a two-time race winner in Indy Lights with Belardi during a two-year stint spanning 2017 and 2018. He joined AIM Vasser Sullivan’s IMSA program this year as part of the endurance line-up in its Lexus RC F GT3 GTD, earning a second place on his IMSA debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me,” Telitz said. “IndyCar is where I want to be, and where I feel I belong. Thanks to [team owners] Jimmy [Vasser] and Sulli [James Sullivan], I’m getting a change to learn from the best and be as prepared as possible for my debut.
“To be able to learn from, and ask questions of, Seb (Sebastien Bourdais) will be a huge advantage in my learning curve,” Telitz continued. “Not many drivers get the chance to learn from a four-time champion before they get in a seat. The goal is to be in an IndyCar full-time in 2020.”
Vasser said that Telitz’s results on the Road to Indy ladder against drivers who are now IndyCar full-timers validate the 27-year-old’s ambitions to join them on the grid.
“Aaron is a smart, capable driver,” Vasser said. “He has checked all the open-wheel racing boxes and, based on his success against other young drivers in Indy Lights who are currently in the series and doing well, we feel he is deserving of this opportunity.”