By: Tanner Watkins
December 11, 2018 | 1:20 PM
Looking to stay within arm’s reach of the IndyCar Series, Canadian driver Zachary Claman will race for Belardi Auto Racing in 2019 as a full-time Indy Lights driver. The news comes after Claman tested with Belardi at Homestead-Miami in an Indy Lights machine last week.
“I am very excited to be joining Belardi Auto Racing for the upcoming season,” said Claman. “The team has a great track record for being very competitive and for getting drivers to IndyCar and keeping them there.
“Being back in Indy Lights will be good for my development as a driver and as a competitor, but my only goal going into this season is to win the championship.”
Still just 20 years of age, Claman made nine starts in the IndyCar Series last season for Dale Conye Racing. In that stretch, Claman filled in for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi at the 102nd Indianapolis 500, qualifying an impressive 13th while finishing 19th.
Claman spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as a full-time Indy Lights driver. In 34 career starts he has one win (Road America, 2017) and four podiums to his name. The Montreal native formerly raced for Juncos Racing (2016) and Carlin (2017) at the Indy Lights level.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Zachary’s caliber of talent join our lineup at Belardi Auto Racing for the 2019 Indy Lights season,” said Belardi Auto Racing team owner, Brian Belardi.
“The experience he brings from not only the IndyCar series, but as a race winning driver in the Indy Lights category will really pay off, and I personally am excited to see where the team goes this year.”
The 2019 edition of the Indy Lights championship will get underway with practice at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 8.
Header image by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR.