Schmidt Peterson signs Pro Mazda champ Urrutia

Santiago Urrutia will graduate to Indy Lights to join RC Enerson in the lineup at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Motorsport.com has learned that the Uruguayan, who is testing with Schmidt Peterson on Miami Homestead’s road course today and tomorrow, has inked a deal with the Indy Lights team that has produced seven champions in the last 12 years.

Urrutia scored three wins and seven other podium finishes for Team Pelfrey on his way to the 2015 Pro Mazda title, which earned him a scholarship of $590,300.

He will join sophomore Lights driver Enerson, who finished fourth for Schmidt Peterson last year after taking a win at Mid-Ohio.

James French, who tested for Schmidt at Circuit of The Americas last November, is thought unlikely to do a full season but is a strong possibility in a part-time role. 

However, contrary to earlier expectations, 2015 Schmidt driver Ethan Ringel is unlikely to return.

Eleven cars took part in today’s test which saw Ed Jones top the timesheets for Carlin Racing, with Felix Rosenqvist making an immediate impression for Belardi.

Urrutia was fifth, less than 0.2sec slower than teammate Enerson.

Combined testing results

Pos. Driver Team Session 1
Session 2
1 Ed Jones Carlin 1:15.0360 1:14.5376
2  Felix Rosenqvist Belardi 1:16.0250 1:14.7076
3 RC Enerson Schmidt Peterson 1:15.7821 1:15.0246
4 Felix Serralles Carlin 1:15.8965 1:15.1406
5  Santiago Urrutia Schmidt Peterson 1:15.7130 1:15.1680
6  Kyle Kaiser Juncos 1:16.0719 1:15.1873
7  Zach Veach Belardi 1:15.5952 1:15.2206
8  Zach Claman de Melo Juncos 1:15.6821 1:15.2929
9  Shelby Blackstock Andretti 1:15.3873 1:15.3434
10  Neil Alberico Carlin 1:16.0448 1:15.6606
11  Dalton Kellett Andretti 1:16.0225 1:16.5827

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Ethan Ringel , R.C. Enerson , James French , Santiago Urrutia
Teams Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Article type Breaking news