Albuquerque, NM, January 15, 2001 - Galles Racing owner, Rick Galles, announced today that Galles Racing will expand to a three-car team for the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series by bringing rookies Casey Mears and Didier Andre on board as ...
Albuquerque, NM, January 15, 2001 - Galles Racing owner, Rick Galles, announced today that Galles Racing will expand to a three-car team for the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series by bringing rookies Casey Mears and Didier Andre on board as teammates with veteran Al Unser Jr.
Mears, son of legendary off-road Champion Roger Mears and nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, is coming to Galles Racing after a successful career in the Dayton Indy Lights Series where he finished third in the 2000 championship. That finish backed up a second place finished in the 1999 Indy Lights championship. Mears also finished 4th in his first CART Champ Car race at California Speedway in November of 2000.
Andre, a native of Leon France, raced for Pac West's Indy Lights program in 1997 and 1998, where he won twice at Laguna Seca and finished 2nd in the 1998 Dayton Indy Lights Championship.
Galles, who has given several top name drivers their start in Indy Car racing, including Al Unser Jr., Adrian Fernandez, Roberto Moreno and Kenny Brack, is thrilled to bring Mears and Andre into the Indy Racing Series.
"We are excited to have Didier and Casey join our team. They have tremendous potential and I think that Al (Unser) Jr. will help their learning curve tremendously. Patience and focus is a very important part of their development. This is tough wheel to wheel racing and both of them understand how fierce the competition is in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. These are two outstanding young drivers and we are proud to have them as part of our team, " said Galles.
Andre, who has just moved to Albuquerque to be near the Galles team, is excited about his rookie year with Galles.
"It is very exciting for me to begin my rookie year with a team that has so much experience and knowledge. The Galles name is highly respected not only in the United States, but in Europe as well, and they know how to put together a good package and win races," said Andre. "This is going to be a very important learning year for me, and Rick Galles and Chief Engineer Alan Mertens will be excellent teachers."
Mears is equally excited about joining the Galles team for the 2001 Indy Racing season.
"I am very excited and happy to be with Galles Racing and looking forward to racing in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. It is a great opportunity to be with a race team that has so much depth and has been in Indy Car racing for so long," said Mears.
In addition to naming the two rookies as his drivers for 2001, Galles also announced that PlayStation France will sponsor Andre's car, and CBS Sportsline.com will be the primary sponsor for Mears' car.
"Casey Mears is a young American driver from a great racing family," said CBS Sportsline CEO, Mike Levy. "It is a thrill for me personally and for the entire CBS Sportsline family to be sponsoring him as part of the Galles Racing Team in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series."