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Jorge Goncalvez signs with Belardi

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm Indy Lights, Signing

Jorge Goncalvez celebrates a podium finish at the Iowa Speedway round of the 2010 Star Mazda Championship.
(Photo: Ryan - JuniorOpenWheelTalent.com)

Belardi Auto Racing has signed Jorge Goncalvez to pilot the squad’s No. 4 car in the 2011 Indy Lights Series.

Goncalvez, who spent the last two seasons in the Star Mazda ranks, will join Anders Krohn (another Star Mazda graduate) under the Belardi Auto Racing tent this season.

The 19-year-old Venezuelan driver had a break-through year last season, finishing fourth in the Star Mazda drivers’ championship with five podiums (all runner-up finishes) and 10 top-ten finishes. Last winter, Goncalvez competed in the Formula Mazda Winter Series where he compiled two wins, three pole positions and three podium finishes in three starts.

Planning to move up this season, Goncalvez tested an Indy Lights machine with Team Moore at Putnam Park, Indiana in October before deciding to join Belardi Auto Racing for his 2011 campaign. His teammate, Krohn, 23, will also be a rookie in the Indy Lights series this season having finished second overall in the 2010 Star Mazda Championship. The addition of both Krohn and Goncalvez looks to be a solid combo for BAR — watch for good things from this team as these two drivers adapt to their new machines.

Belardi Auto Racing plans to run the USF2000 National Championship in 2011 as well and hopes to have a driver announcement next week. Stay tuned for updates.

Read the team release from Belardi Auto Racing here.

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