IPS: Guthrie joins Playa Del Racing for Mid-Ohio

Sean Guthrie to Drive Playa Del Racing Entry by Playa Del Racing PR INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. / July 20 -- Sean Guthrie to Drive Playa Del Racing Entry. Sean Guthrie, son of Jim Guthrie, will drive the Playa Del Racing No.12 this weekend at the ...

Sean Guthrie to Drive Playa Del Racing Entry by Playa Del Racing PR

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. / July 20 -- Sean Guthrie to Drive Playa Del Racing Entry.

Sean Guthrie, son of Jim Guthrie, will drive the Playa Del Racing No.12 this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This will be the first time Guthrie has driven for PDR, but he welcomes his new teammates.

"Playa Del Racing is one of those teams that always seem to run really well for a small team with fewer resources," said Guthrie. "We have the same thing going on at Guthrie Racing, so this is going to be a great opportunity to learn, and develop both programs."

The Playa Del Racing/Ethos Fuel Reformulator car No.12 was destroyed at the Nashville Superspeedway when the No.3 car driven by Brad Jaeger tangled with Al Unser III hurling both cars into the wall in a fiery crash. When PDR could not get another racecar prepared for this weekend's event, it called upon an old friend, Jim Guthrie to see if Guthrie Racing and PDR could benefit from combining knowledge and equipment. A deal was struck, and the two teams are now working together to strengthen both programs.

Jim Guthrie, owner of Guthrie Racing, actually has a unique link to Playa Del Racing. Jim drove for PDR co-owner Gary Sallee in the 1998 Indianapolis 500 when Sallee co-owned ISM Racing. Guthrie was quick to step up to work with Sallee, and Playa Del Racing.

"This should be a great opportunity for everyone concerned," said Guthrie. "This will give us an opportunity to share data, and work with another small team to really level the playing field out there. I worked with Gary when I was driving, and I'm glad we could find a way to work together again."

PDR is currently 9th in entrant points and this partnership gives the team a chance to keep climbing deeper into the top ten with Guthrie driving the No.12 car this weekend.

"Our car was destroyed at Nashville so it was impossible to have a car of our own ready for this weekend," says PDR co-owner, Gary Sallee. "I worked with Jim (Guthrie) during the '98 Indy 500, and it's great to have a chance to work with him again. You never know, this could lead to collaboration that could last for a while."

The Indy Pro Series Mid-Ohio 100 will be run on Sunday, July 22 at 10:45am. You can catch the race live on indycar.com live timing and scoring.

-credit: www.playadelracing.com

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jim Guthrie , Brad Jaeger , Sean Guthrie , Al Unser III