Illinois-based team joining USF2000 National Championship and F2000 Championship Series with full-time efforts

ROCKFORD, ILL. (February 26, 2010) -- Junior formula car front-runners Liberty Motorsports have announced an expanded race program for the upcoming 2010 race season, with a goal of achieving success in both the pro and amateur ranks. Targeting both race wins and championship titles, the Illinois-based team will compete in the USF2000 National Championship, F2000 Championship Series and SCCA Club Racing, fielding multi-car entries in all three series.

Since its inception, Liberty Motorsports has strived to provide its drivers/clients with the tools and expertise to achieve success behind the wheel. Having met these goals in amateur SCCA Club Racing over the past few years, team officials have decided to make the move to the pro racing ranks full-time in 2010. Switching its primary focus to the new/revitalized USF2000 National Championship, Liberty Motorsports will contest three cars throughout the 12-race championship. While yet to be formally announced, the Illinois race team has already signed one up-and-coming driver, and is in the process of finalizing an agreement with another talented young race pilot. The search and evaluation of potential drivers continues for the third race seat.

Liberty Motorsports' pro racing efforts will not be limited to just one series, however, as the squad is also scheduled to take part in the F2000 Championship Series. As part of a full-time multiple car effort, Bobby Caldwell will return to series competition behind the wheel a Liberty Motorsports prepared Van Diemen, and will be partnered by one or two yet to be determined teammates.

While the emphasis of the 2010 season will be on its pro programs and drivers, Liberty Motorsports will not stray from its amateur racing roots. With Team Owner Brian Belardi leading the charge, the squad will continue to challenge for SCCA Club Racing National race wins in the Formula Continental class, running at selected events prior to challenging for top honors at the year-end SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

Ensuring that all its drivers will be in contention for race wins and championship titles, Liberty Motorsports has assembled a stellar group of industry leaders for the 2010 season. In addition to the aforementioned Belardi, who has years of experience as both a driver and team owner, Liberty Motorsports drivers will benefit from the skills and experience of Gib 'Gibby' Gibson, David Ferguson and Chuck Lessick. Acting as the Mechanical Engineer, Gibson is a former SCCA Mechanic of the Year who has helped several drivers win SCCA National Championships and pro races in the junior formula car ranks. Ferguson joins the Liberty Motorsports as the Data Engineer, having established a winning reputation in various forms of racing via his company Veracity Racing Data. Acting as the Lead Mechanic, Lessick has worked with many of the top drivers and teams in junior formula car racing over the past decade, winning several races and championship titles, as well as winning races as a driver himself. This talented group will be further assisted by an assortment of quality mechanics and team personnel.

Liberty Motorsports, having already commenced its amateur race season via SCCA Club Racing, is currently busy preparing for the start of the 2010 Pro Formula Ford 2000 campaign. The USF2000 National Championship gets underway on March 27-28, with Rounds One and Two taking place on the streets of St. Petersburg in conjunction with the IndyCar Series. The F2000 Championship Series commences on April 10-11, with Virginia International Raceway playing host to Rounds One and Two.

-source: liberty motorsports