LOVELAND, Colo. – JDX Racing in conjunction with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson have announced their entry into the inaugural 2015 Formula Lites Championship season.
JDX Racing has signed 16-year-old Vinicius Papareli for the Formula Lites season. The native of São Paulo, Brazil, is entering his his first full season of racing in the United States. Coming off his most successful season in 2014, Vinicius finished the season second in the chase for the Petrobras Karting Championship. Vinicius’ entry into the Formula Lites series will be his North American debut and is with one intent – a deliberate assault to claim the Series Championship.
“I’m thrilled to be joining JDX for the inaugural Formula Lites season this year,” said Vinicius. “The JDX team is full of seasoned racers including the partnership with Justin Wilson. Every open wheel racer’s dream is to race in the Indianapolis 500, to join a team this rich in racing pedigree is a great opportunity for me. I’m going to be sponge around these guys, I’m willing to do anything to bring home the season championship.”
“We are excited to enter the Formula Lites championship in this first year of competition – and we are confident Vinicius is going to give our team plenty of time at the front of the field,” said team co-owner Harrison Brix. “In addition, we are very proud that Justin has joined the JDX Racing program for 2015. We recognized the opportunity that the new Formula Lites series has presented for young talented drivers, this is a unique opportunity and an important series to have for standout racers in karting to take their skills to the next level, and obviously Justin can help them in their pursuit.”
“I’m looking forward to this program with JDX Racing and with Vinicius,” said Wilson. “The Formula Lites series is a great opportunity for a successful kart racer to progress to the next level of open wheel racing. Racing is obviously in my DNA and having the chance to work with a talented young racer and providing a mentor-ship is very rewarding.”