ALBERICO BACK WITH CARLIN FOR 2017 INDY LIGHTS SEASON
(INDIANAPOLIS) January 14, 2017 - Rising Star Racing driver Neil Alberico has re-signed with Carlin for a second season competing in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series.
The California-native finished 11th as a rookie in the Indy Lights championship standings in 2016 after finishing second in the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship.
“I’m excited to be back with Carlin for my second year in Indy Lights,” Alberico said. “The entire team has invested a lot of time and energy into my career, and I couldn’t be happier to continue our relationship together in 2017. Of course a big thanks goes to Art Wilmes and Rising Star Racing (RSR) for sticking with me for all these years. Without RSR’s continued support I would never have the opportunity to compete at the level I am today. Now we aim to go and fight for some wins.”
Alberico will have Zachary Claman De Melo, Garth Rickards and Matheus Leist, already confirmed at Carlin, as teammates in 2017.
“We are delighted to welcome Neil back to the team for his second season racing in Indy Lights,” Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin said. “He was a great addition to the team last year and really works hard with the team and fits in with our ethos. We know him well so this season the aim is to build successfully on everything that we’ve worked on together and be up there fighting for those great results. We look forward to the first race next month.”
2017 marks the fourth year Alberico has teamed up with Rising Star Racing, an organization that matches a select group of young open-wheel drivers with corporate sponsors to ensure their careers continue to progress.
“RSR is pleased that Neil is returning to Carlin in 2017,” RSR founder Art Wilmes said. ”Carlin has established itself in Europe as developing tomorrow’s F1 stars today. We look forward to working with Trevor Carlin, Colin Hale, the Indy Lights team, and Capsicum Motorsport Group as they develop tomorrow’s IndyCar stars today. Thanks to all our sponsors for making this happen for us.”
IndyLights Presented by Cooper Tires kicks off March 11 and 12 with two races in the Streets of St. Petersburg, FL. For the latest trackside updates from Neil Alberico and the other RSR drivers, follow @RisingStarRcng on Twitter.
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ABOUT RISING STAR RACING:
RSR provides a racing outreach and mentorship program for a select group of young American open wheel drivers. RSR’s goal is to teach young drivers how to be self-sufficient in generating personal sponsorship and generating support as they progress through the Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI) ladder series. The ultimate goal is to graduate these drivers to full time participation in Indy Car.
RSR was founded in 2013 by Indianapolis businessman Art Wilmes. The goal of RSR is to improve the business brand for open wheel drivers in America. By selecting a few young talented drivers and growing their brand, RSR can benefit all drivers and enhance the overall profile of American Open Wheel Racing.
Carlin are one of the largest teams outside Formula 1 with race winning experience in a variety of championships including British F3, Porsche Supercup, World Series by Nissan, Formula Renault 3.5, A1GP, FIA Formula 3 European Championship, GP3 Series and GP2 Series.
Some of today’s most successful drivers have passed through the doors of Carlin, including racers in F1, IndyCar, WTCC and DTM. F1 drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat among others, add up to almost half of the current F1 field who are former alumni.
Part of the Capsicum group, the management team at Carlin provide a great combination of business skills and racing knowledge. Ensuring a stable business base for the team are CEO Grahame (Chily) Chilton, long-term motorsport enthusiast and Rupert Swallow, Managing Director, complimenting Trevor Carlin’s wealth of experience and knowledge in motorsport.
Today, based out of the team’s bespoke facility in Farnham, Surrey, we compete in F4 British Championship, BRDC Formula 3, EuroFormula Open, and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Carlin’s 2016 championship winning Indy Lights squad are based out of the team’s U.S workshop in Delray Beach, Florida. The Delray Beach workshop is also the base for our expanding projects in the U.S.