By: Tanner Watkins
February 3, 2020 | 1:30 PM
After a year away from the Road to Indy, Santiago Urrutia is returning for his fourth season of Indy Lights in 2020. The Uruguayan driver will drive the No. 55 Dallara IL-15 for HMD Motorsports, running alongside teammate David Malukas this season.
“I have worked extremely hard to be back in the Indy Lights paddock as my ultimate goal is IndyCar,” explained Urrutia. “The HMD Motorsports team is on the rise and in my opinion, a major threat for the championship.
“I am happy to be reunited with my engineer from the past, Tim Neff, and working with David Malukas. I can’t wait to get the season started.”
In three Indy Lights campaigns from 2016 to 2018, Urrutia finished runner-up in the championship two times. He has eight wins at the Road to Indy’s highest level, and 24 podium finishes in 51 starts.
And while 2018 was his lowest championship finish (still a respectable third place) it was actually the year that Urrutia recorded his best average finish on a per-race basis – 3.5 – and led more laps than any other year with 107.
“Santiago will be a great asset to the team in 2020,” added AJ Smith. “Over the years, he has competed in numerous championships and has always been able to battle for wins and been one of the top drivers in the field, and we are expecting nothing less in 2020.”
Urrutia, still only 23 years of age, spent 2019 driving an Audi RS 3 LMS sports car for Team WRT. He drove in 13 races last season in the TCR Europe touring car series, registering two podium finishes, one fastest lap, and a third-place overall finish in the championship.
Given his track record, Urrutia should be an instant contender in this year’s Indy Lights group. Fourth time’s a charm for the fiery Uruguayan driver?
Header image by Road to Indy Media.