Donoso to Join RLR/Andersen Racing For Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights Race At Iowa Speedway PALMETTO, Fla., June 15 - One of Andersen Racing's former Star Mazda drivers, Pablo Donoso of Santiago, Chile, will rejoin the team for the Firestone...
Donoso to Join RLR/Andersen Racing For Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights Race At Iowa Speedway
PALMETTO, Fla., June 15 - One of Andersen Racing's former Star Mazda drivers, Pablo Donoso of Santiago, Chile, will rejoin the team for the Firestone Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway this Saturday, June 20.
Donoso, 24, will drive the RLR/Andersen Racing No. 9 sponsored by Andersen Racing and Allied Interior Products in the race, which starts at 8 p.m. local time.
Donoso won the Firestone Indy Lights race at Infineon Raceway on Aug. 24, 2008 from the pole while driving for Team Moore Racing.
He started the 2009 season with Brian Stewart Racing before doing the two most recent events with Genoa Indy Lights, and is currently 16th in the point standings.
He started tenth and finished fifth in this event last June.
Donoso has also been impressive in USAC Silver Crown events on Iowa Speedway's seven-eighths-mile trioval. He finished second to Dave Steele in that series' inaugural race at Iowa Speedway on Sept. 17, 2006. The following May he led the first seven laps of the USAC Silver Crown race at Iowa Speedway and was in contention throughout the event until his engine blew on the frontstretch just 17 laps from the finish of the 100-lapper.
"I've done well at Iowa in the past, but this year has been hard so far," Donoso said. "I know how professional Andersen Racing is because I raced with them in Star Mazda. Dan Andersen and his family and the whole team are very professional, and I know the car will be good. I'm really thankful to Dan for giving me this opportunity. I will do my best at Iowa. I would like to run more races with the team if possible too."
Mario Romancini, who won the Firestone Indy Lights race at the Milwaukee Mile on May 31 from the pole after leading all 100 laps, will also represent the Palmetto, Fla.-based team at Iowa. Currently third in the point standings, the native of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be in his familiar No. 5 sponsored by Andersen Racing, Revita Recycling, Win Brazil Marketing, Allied Interior Products and Lafarge North America.
Two other RLR/Andersen Racing Firestone Indy Lights drivers will be forced to sit out this particular event. Jonathan Summerton of Kissimmee, Fla. will miss it while he tries to raise additional sponsorship funds. He is currently fifth in the point standings, just 37 points out of the lead. He topped those standings just last month in the very competitive series.
RLR/Andersen's Ali Jackson of Belfast, Northern Ireland will also be absent at Iowa due to a delay in obtaining the proper international travel documents he needs to re-enter the country. The team expects him back in the States for the race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on July 4.