INNISFIL, Ontario – Canadian up-and-comer Matthew Di Leo will take the next step of his motorsports career this weekend when he contests round three of the Firestone Indy Lights Series on the Streets of Long Beach, Calif.
The MDL Racing owner/driver will make his series debut at the renowned street circuit event ready to build on the success he has earned in the USF2000 Championship ranks.
Right from the first time Di Leo got behind the wheel of a race car, his dream was to race and win in the IndyCar Series. He will get one step closer to realizing that dream in a few short days, as the Canadian teenager will be part of the Indy Lights action during the famed Grand Prix of Long Beach.
While Di Leo will be making his debut in the top rung of the Mazda Road to Indy program – which was created to advance drivers into the IndyCar Series – he is confident that he can make an immediate impression.
Piloting the MDL Racing entry that is sponsored by RES Precast Inc., the 17 year-old will have the benefit of working with the same crew that has led him to previous junior formula car success, as well as having recently completed a successful test in his new 420 horsepower racing steed.
“It actually was the most unreal ride of my life,” said Di Leo with regards to his first Indy Lights test. “The car was so fast, and it handled great. I knew as soon as I finished my test day that I would be doing a race soon. I can’t wait to be back in that car.”