Guerrieri Joins Schmidt for 2011 Firestone Indy Lights Season
Argentinian Will Debut in Season-Opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
INDIANAPOLIS (March 7, 2011) – Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) and its new Firestone Indy Lights driver Esteban Guerrieri have one thing in common – winning.
Guerrieri will start the 2011 Indy Lights season fresh off his most successful year as a driver, which saw the Argentinian win six races in the 2010 season of the World Series by Renault. In joining SSM, he will start his U.S. racing career as part of the most successful team in Indy Lights history.
“Well, coming to race in the U.S. is a big change of direction in my racing career,” Guerrieri said. “I take it as a new big challenge for myself. I want to learn as much as I can from every single new experience, and I am with the right team to do that.”
At age 26, Guerrieri has had his passport stamped from countries all over the world where he has raced. In 2010, his six World Series by Renault wins came on famous racetracks including Circuit de Catalunya, in Spain, Brno Race Circuit in the Czech Republic, Silverstone in the United Kingdom, Hockenheimring in Germany, and Circuite de Spa-Francorchamp in France.
“Esteban knows the feeling of winning, and there’s nothing like it,” Schmidt said. “We look forward to giving him a racecar and team that will allow him to continue his winning ways.”
SSM was formed in 2001 after Schmidt’s own driving career ended in 2000 after a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. In addition to entering cars in the Indianapolis 500 and IZOD IndyCar Series, SSM is the most successful team in Indy Lights, which is the leading IndyCar Series support division. Driver J.K. Vernay’s championship in 2010 was the team’s fourth Indy Lights championship. Schmidt has visited victory lane 37 times as a car owner in the series.
“Sam Schmidt Motorsports’ record speaks for itself,” Guerrieri said. “I am looking forward for the season to kick-start with many test days during the coming weeks and the first race at St. Pete at the end of the month.”
The 2011 Indy Lights season kicks off on Sunday, March 27, with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.