J.K Vernay is the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Champion

Jean Karl "JK" Vernay was officially crowned as the 2010 Firestone Lights Champion after what has been a truly dominant season for the 22 year old rookie.

The Frenchman, who had never even set foot on American soil before his first Indy Lights test last February, boasts a truly impressive season record. He won his first two ever Indy Lights races back to back at St Petersburg and Barber, went back to back again later in the season at Watkins Glen and Toronto, won a total of 5 races from 13 starts, was on the podium 9 times and started 3 times from pole position.

At the Firestone Indy Lights Awards ceremony in Miami last night, Vernay picked up the mini Firehawk Cup, the Herff Jones Award, the Ritmo Mundo Award, the Firestone Indy Lights Rookie of the Year Award, the Gregory & Appel "Securing Tomorrow" Award, the Raybestos Road & Street Course Challenge Award and the Firestone Painting Award.

"I'm just proud about the work that we did together at Sam Schmidt Motorsport," said Vernay. "It was a good year, especially for being a rookie in America. Now we have to be focused on next year to go to the IZOD IndyCar Series. That's what my management team at CJMotorsport.co.uk is working on and I will be the happiest guy in the world if I go there."

-source: jk vernay PR