Belardi Auto Racing announced that Juan Pablo Garcia will drive the No. 5 International/Mapfre/Euclid Chemical/TVC + Latino/AutoShow TV/Belardi Auto Racing entry for the remaining two Firestone Indy Lights races.
Garcia is in his second full-time season in Firestone Indy Lights, and had competed most of 2013 with Team Moore Racing. He accumulated three top-five finishes with a high of fourth at St. Petersburg.
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"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.”
Garcia did not compete in the series’ race at Baltimore after an early crash in practice ended his weekend. On Sept. 27, Belardi Auto Racing announced that funding had run out to field Freedom 100 winner Peter Dempsey, and Garcia was able to step in.
"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.”
Garcia will join Venezuelan drivers Jorge Goncalvez and Giancarlo Serenelli at the Grand Prix of Houston, filling the team’s third seat.