HOUSTON — Juan Pablo Garcia and Peter Dempsey have each landed rides for this weekend’s Firestone Indy Lights race as part of the Grand Prix of Houston.
Garcia will drive the No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing entry in Houston and again in the season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
“I’m very happy to race for Belardi Auto Racing,” said Garcia, of Mexico. “This year Belardi has had several podiums and I hope to finish there during these couple of events. They are very professional and competitive. They’ve demonstrated that many times.”
On Sept. 27, Belardi Auto Racing announced funding had run out to field Freedom 100 winner Dempsey, but Garcia was able to step in with sponsorship.
“It’s really great to have Juan Pablo join us for these last two races,” team owner Brian Belardi said. “He’s been great competition for us this season and now it’ll be interesting to see how he does on our team. With the Grand Prix of Houston being a new event for everyone, it’s going to be a pretty even playing field so he’ll have a chance to get comfortable in the car. It should be an exciting race leading to the finale in Fontana.”
Dempsey, meanwhile, will drive the No. 2 TMR/Global Tubing/ALS Association car in the Oct. 5 race on the 1.683-mile, 10-turn street circuit in Houston.
“I could not be happier to be joining Team Moore Racing for the Houston race,” said Dempsey, of Ireland. “TMR, Mark Moore, and Tom Wood are proven multiple race winners in the Firestone Indy Lights series and I am heading to Houston with great confidence that I am surrounded by the right people.
“I’m also really looking forward to having Conor Daly as my teammate for the weekend. We are friends off the track and competitors on the track, so I think we will work really well together and hopefully be in the position to reward TMR with the results they deserve.”
Team Moore Racing announced last week that Daly, a former Firestone Indy Lights race winner and current GP3 driver who also made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in the Indianapolis 500 in May, would drive the No. 22 entry at Houston.