Zachary Claman DeMelo will return to the Indy Lights Series in 2019. After making nine IndyCar Series starts a year ago and one in the 2018 season, he moves back a step to hope to further his career.
On Tuesday, Belardi Auto Racing has announced that they have come to an agreement to have the 20 year old driver race a full season in the Indy Lights Series in 2019.
“I am very excited to be joining Belardi Auto Racing for the upcoming season,” Claman DeMelo said via a team release. ” 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.”
The Montreal native has had an impressive career in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires category, recording 10 top five finishes, along with a win at Road America in 2017. Amassing a total of 34 total starts in Indy Lights, Claman will go into the 2019 season having experience and an eagerness to get back on the top step of the podium.
Belardi Auto Racing team owner Brian Belardi is excited to have a driver with the experience of Zachary Claman not only in Indy Lights but in the premier open-wheel category, IndyCar.
“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. 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.”
Last year, Claman DeMelo started 13th and finished 19th in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.