It seems strange to be writing about 2013 already, but I’m happy to do so.
Perhaps one of the most talented, yet underfunded, drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy, ironically, became the first driver to officially lock down a contract for the 2013 season. Peter Dempsey, 26, yesterday announced that he will drive for Belardi Auto Racing for the entire 2013 Indy Lights season.
Dempsey made five starts for Belardi in 2012 and instantly knew he was with the right squad.
“When I came to the team [Belardi Auto Racing], I really felt at home and wanted; that is a great feeling for me,” Dempsey described in a release. “After our last race at Fontana, Belardi was the team I wanted to remain with and grow with, and I am very excited that we are in the position to announce this signing so early. This really gives us the chance to properly prepare for the first race next season. For me, this is the first time in my American motorsport career where I have had a secure ride, and I could not be happier to have that with Belardi Auto Racing.”
In total, Dempsey made seven starts in the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights season earning a best-finish of fourth at Toronto — his first start with Belardi Auto Racing. He has four career podiums in the series, including a runner-up finish at Toronto in 2011. The talented Irishman has nine Star Mazda wins on his CV and has won the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy three times. Read more about Dempsey’s past accomplishments in a profile I wrote in 2009.