Garcia Replaces Andersson at Stewart

Mattias Andersson finished a solid seventh place at Long Beach last month but his performance on the ovals at Miami and Nazareth was well off the pace. Additionally, the second-year Swede (he ran two races with Stewart in 1996) has ...

Mattias Andersson finished a solid seventh place at Long Beach last month but his performance on the ovals at Miami and Nazareth was well off the pace. Additionally, the second-year Swede (he ran two races with Stewart in 1996) has reportedly encountered some early season financial difficulties. He and the team decided to part company before tackling the balance of he season, but Andersson has not announced any Indy Lights plans for the remainder of the season. Garcia in turn joins Stewart after enduring his own falling out from the Johansson Motorsports team that ran the second-year Brazilian at Miami and Long Beach. Financial problems between the team and driver were reportedly at the center of the separation, but Garcia quickly landed at Stewart after missing the Nazareth event one race ago. Sponsorship comes from Petrobras and Arisco, a Brazilian food retailer that backed Nelson Piquet's Indy 500 efforts a few years ago. Garcia joined his new teammate Sergio Paese (Coimex/STP Lola) for his first test last week and made some good progress despite rainy conditions. A test at Gateway was a complete loss while a second session at the Milwaukee Mile saw the team only record about 3 hours of track time over a two-day span. Rain, once again hampered the test plans.

Source: www.indylights.com

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