BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Belardi Auto Racing, which won six Indy Lights races this past season, has signed veteran American driver Shelby Blackstock to its stable for next season.
“We tested Shelby during the summer of 2015 and he responded by immediately scoring his best finish of the year for the team he was with,” offered team owner Brian Belardi, speaking of Blackstock’s podium finish at Mid-Ohio. “He worked extremely well with our engineers back then, and we were impressed in our recent test at Barber Motorsports Park as well. It’s exciting to have him signed to the team for 2017. He’ll be a great addition to our family.”
Blackstock tested with the team in Birmingham in early November, coming off a season in which he finished eighth overall in the championship standings.
The 26-year-old driver posted 13 top-10 and five top-five finishes last season.
“Going into the 2017 season, there are going to be many changes and challenges to overcome,” Blackstock enthused. “One of the biggest changes and, something I’m very excited about, is that I’ll be joining Belardi Auto Racing for the 2017 Indy Lights season! I have a brief history with the team from 2015, which made the move from Andretti Autosport a bit easier. Belardi has proven to have quick cars and I really like how the team is organized. There will be a lot of different challenges in the 2017 season. The field will be very stout, as it has in the past, so I’m really excited to see how the team pushes me and how we tackle each challenge together. I’m very thankful and excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get to work.”