Forsythe Racing Set For Indy Lights Return in 2009
Indianapolis, IN (15 July 2008) -- The 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Series will see the return of Forsythe Racing Inc. to the grid as the championship winning outfit announced today its intention to compete in the official feeder series to the Indy Racing League from next season onwards.
With a celebrated history in Indy Lights competition, claiming back-to-back title wins with Canadian stand-outs Greg Moore and David Empringham in 1995 and 1996; Indianapolis-based Forsythe Racing is looking forward to a return to the series and re-establishing itself amongst the current crop of Indy Lights competitors.
Forsythe's Indy Lights plans are in addition to its current on-track activities fielding Mexico's David Garza and Canada's James Hinchcliffe in the 2008 Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. Hinchcliffe steered the team to its first victory of the season in May, claiming pole position and the win at Laguna Seca -- the young Canadian currently sitting second in the title fight just seven points off the lead after three rounds.
"The opportunity to return to Indy Lights is obviously one that we're relishing," said Neil Micklewright, Vice President of Operations at Forsythe Racing Inc. "This is an extremely exciting time for Forsythe Racing as we're once again in the thick of a title battle in the Atlantic Championship while we're also looking to further bolster our race programs, starting with our Indy Lights announcement.
"As a company we have a tremendous pedigree in Indy Lights with numerous race wins and back-to-back championship victories with Greg (Moore) and David (Empringham) in the mid-nineties. The series still offers drivers the chance to prove themselves and the level of competition remains as high as ever. You only have to look at this season's results to see how tight it is at the top with six drivers winning already this year. We believe the Firestone Indy Lights Series offers Forsythe Racing an additional platform to showcase our commitment to on-track excellence and our desire to win."
Greg Moore dominated the 1995 Indy Lights Series for Forsythe Racing. The British Columbia native recorded an unprecedented 10 wins from 12 starts that season to claim the title and propel himself into a seat in the team's CART line-up in 1996. Fellow Canadian, Ontario's David Empringham, duly delivered a second straight Indy Lights title the following season collecting three wins along the way.