By: Tanner Watkins
May 8, 2019 | 1:00 PM
After an up-and-down weekend spent at Circuit of the Americas five weeks ago, Belardi Auto Racing’s Zachary Claman has had more than enough time to re-focus for this weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Claman, 21, is just 16 points off of the series points leader Oliver Askew after finishes of 7th and 10th in Austin. Looking to turn the tide, Claman will be gunning for more finishes like he had in St. Petersburg (a win and a runner-up result) for the rest of the 2019 championship.
“I’m excited to get back to work and just get back in a race car,” said Claman. “It feels like it has been so long since COTA, which left a bitter taste in my mouth.”
The Canadian driver will be returning to the Indianapolis road course where he has struggled a bit in the past. Aside from a runner-up finish in 2017 while driving for Trevor Carlin, Claman has finishes of 11th, 13th and 14th in his other three starts on the IMS road course in Indy Lights.
Last May, Claman filled in for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi and drove Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 19 IndyCar entry to a 12th place finish in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. With that result in mind, plus his perceived potential in this 2019 Indy Lights championship fight, Claman feels this weekend can serve as a turning point in his season.
“I’ve still got the same hunger to win that I had at the start of the season, and I am ready to do that once again at the biggest stage in racing.”
Indy Lights preparation for the 2019 INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend begins tomorrow with a full day of testing. The first race of the weekend will be run on Friday, May 10 at 1:30 PM Eastern while the second race will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 1:15 PM.
Header image by Road to Indy Media.
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