KYLE MARCELLI GETS HIS FIRST TASTE OF THE INDY PRO SERIES (Barrie, Ontario) - October 9, 2007 - Newly crowned Ontario Formula Ford Champion Kyle Marcelli, of Barrie, Ontario, recently completed a two-day test in one of Brian...
KYLE MARCELLI GETS HIS FIRST TASTE OF THE INDY PRO SERIES
(Barrie, Ontario) - October 9, 2007 - Newly crowned Ontario Formula Ford Champion Kyle Marcelli, of Barrie, Ontario, recently completed a two-day test in one of Brian Stewart's Indy Pro Series cars at the Dunnville Autodrome.
One day prior to the test Marcelli was fortunate enough to do some demonstration laps in front of the thousands of fans at the Formula Car Magazine CanAm Cup event at Mosport.
Stepping out of the car Marcelli said, "Firstly, I have to thank Brian Stewart for the opportunity to be invited to test for two days in his IPS cars. Brian is a great guy and over the years has discovered some talented, championship winning drivers. He has a big heart and is always trying to help up-and-coming Canadian drivers and I am going to try and do him proud tomorrow."
The weather started out looking a little suspect but the skies cleared and Marcelli strapped into the 450 horsepower, 1300 lb car. He spent a few laps getting used to the tremendous amount of power compared to his Formula Ford he has been racing this season but didn't take long to get up to speed.
Working closely with Stewart's engineer Doug, and with current crew chief Brian Graham at his side Marcelli and the team studied data from his early run and he put it to good use, setting a new track record for Indy Pro series cars at Dunnville.
At the completion of the test Marcelli said, "I am really pleased with the way everything went over the two days and left feeling very comfortable in the Indy Pro Series car, it's awesome. Brian (Stewart) has given me lot of confidence that I can be competitive in the cars right away, and we are all working hard at possibly putting something together for next year."
The off-season will be a busy one for the 17 year-old high school student as he works on sponsorship packages for the 2008 season. The next step for Marcelli is participation in either the Star Mazda series or Indy Pro Series.
Kyle Marcelli's Championship winning season would not have been possible without the support of the following companies and individuals; Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd, Greg Beresford, Lafarge, ReMax Keswick's Norm and Shirley MacDonald, Axiom Powdercoating, MG Homes, NBX Action Sports, Alpinestars and Brian Stewart Racing.
-credit: Marcelli Motorsports