ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former IZOD IndyCar Series team entrant Dale Pelfrey will revive Pelfrey Indy Racing, his IZOD IndyCar Series team that raced from 1998-2000, to compete in the Star Mazda Championship under the banner of Team Pelfrey.
Nick Andries, a rising young open-wheel racer who competed in both the 2010 Skip Barber National series and the Star Mazda Championship with sponsorship from Pelfrey, has been signed as the team’s first driver.
Headed by veteran open-wheel team manager Geoff Fickling and headquartered at a new facility in the St Petersburg, Fla., area, Pelfrey Indy Racing will make its Star Mazda debut during the St Petersburg Grand Prix March 25-27.
“I ventured back into race team ownership after a 10-year hiatus because I was seeing so many talented young racers like Nick fail to get the opportunity to move up and race in the Star Mazda,” said Pelfrey. “The Star Mazda Series is only one step below [Firestone] Indy Lights and a valuable stepping-stone in the professional career ladder [Mazda Road] to Indy.”
“I want to thank Dale for his support throughout my racing career and for what I feel is my most important opportunity so far,” said Andries, a 20-year-old college student at St. Petersburg College. “The opportunity to start a new team is very exciting because P.I.R. has put together the right personnel for success. It’s a new team, however all the guys know each other and have worked together before. As a result, I strongly believe the team and I will be ready to contend for race wins — and ultimately the 2011 championship — starting at St. Pete.”