Jackson Joins RLR/Andersen Racing For Remainder of 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Season
PALMETTO, Fla., May 4 - Irish race car driver Ali Jackson will join the team currently topping the Firestone Indy Lights entrant point standings, RLR/Andersen Racing, for the balance of the 2009 season.
Welcoming the 20-year-old from Belfast, Northern Ireland to the team will be its two other drivers in the official development series of IndyCar: points leader Jonathan Summerton of Kissimmee, Fla., and Mario Romancini of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who got his first series podium finish April 26 in his first oval-track race ever.
Team co-owner Dan Andersen said the agreement with Jackson is effective immediately. Although Jackson tested with the team in the off-season, his first day as an official RLR/Andersen Racing driver will be tomorrow at a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. in preparation for the Freedom 100 there on Friday, May 22.
"We tested Ali at Sebring [Florida] in the off-season and found him to be very talented and fast, and we're pleased to be able to add him to our lineup in Firestone Indy Lights," Andersen said. "Our three drivers will all benefit from each other's efforts and data. We believe Ali will bring good feedback and results to the team."
"I'm very excited to be joining RLR/Andersen Racing; they're a great bunch of guys," Jackson said. "I tested with the team at Sebring last year and I was very impressed.
"Dan Andersen worked hard with my management to get the deal done, and I would like to thank him for that," Jackson added. "Hopefully all the hard work will pay off with race wins! I wish Guthrie Meyer Racing, my former team, all the best."
Although Jackson has an impressive racing resume, his 2009 season has gotten off to a rocky start. He has had contact in two of the previous four races; his best finish was a sixth at Long Beach, Calif., and he currently lies 16th in the point standings.
A rookie in Firestone Indy Lights, he comes to the series from British Formula 3 and Formula 3 Asia. He posted three victories in the later series in 2006, becoming the youngest winner in that series' history and finishing third overall.
Jackson's new car number will be No. 6. He is sponsored by the luxurious Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort in Kildare, Ireland.