Just days after I published my “early commits” post on drivers who have signed for the 2012 Indy Lights season (read it here), three more drivers were added.
Juan Pablo Garcia will return to Indy Lights for a full-season campaign in 2012 after running a partial season for the last three years. He will drive the No. 76 car for Jeffrey Mark Motorsports with guidance from Bryan Herta Autosport. The 24-year-old driver completed four races in 2012, earning a best finish of eighth at Barber Motorsports Park.
After running 14 races in the 2011 IndyCar Series for Conquest Racing, Sebastian Saavedra will return to Indy Lights with AFS/Andretti Autosport for a full season. The 21-year-old Colombian plans to run the Indianapolis 500 and hopes to add a few more IndyCar races to his 2012 schedule, while focusing on the Indy Lights championship. Saavedra will drive the No. 27 car in Indy Lights and the No. 25 car in IndyCar.
Gustavo Yacaman will return to Indy Lights in 2012 for his fourth-consecutive season. Last year could be labeled a break-through season for the 21-year-old Colombian driver; he finished fourth overall with a win (Baltimore) and nine top-5 finishes. Yacaman will drive the No. 2 car for Team Moore Racing.
Sebring Spring Training Test
Eight Indy Lights drivers ventured onto Sebring International Raceway today for the first official test of 2012. For most of the day, it appeared Sebastian Saavedra would finish as the fastest driver on the time charts. In the closing minutes, however, Gustavo Yacaman stole the show setting the day’s quick time (56.4954). Peter Dempsey and JV Horto — both driving for Juncos Racing during the test — finished third and fourth, respectively. Juan Pablo Garcia rounded out the top five. Yacaman completed the most laps, touring the Florida circuit 137 times.