IndyCar »

Romancini lands RLR/Andersen Lights seat

IL: RLR/Andersen confirms Romancini.

Mario Romancini's performances in open testing for the Firestone Indy Lights series appears to have landed the Brazilian one of the more competitive rides in the 2009 field.

RLR/Andersen Racing co-owner Dan Andersen confirmed the 21-year old Brazilian behind the wheel of his team's #5 Dallara after successive top five showings in testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week. The World Series by Renault refugee has a deal to contest all 15 rounds of the Lights championship, and will carry backing from Allied Building Products Corp, Win Brazil Marketing and recycling company Revita.

Romancini will not only chase the overall Lights title, but will look to add a third Rookie of the Year award to those he racked up in the 2007 SudAm F3 and 2006 Brazilian FRenault series, despite his comparative lack of oval racing experience.

"I think we will be able to fight for wins this year," the Brazilian claimed, "The team did a great job [in testing]. I feel comfortable with the car and with the guys, and now we'll just keep working so we can start the championship off on the right foot.

"Driving on an oval track for the first time was amazing. In the beginning, it was a strange feeling but, after some runs, I was used to the speed and to the different style of driving. We worked on the car and improved at the end of day. For the first time on an oval, I think we did a fantastic job, as we were very quick, even running alone
without the help of a draft, which showed us that we'll be competitive on road courses as well as ovals.

"I'm very happy to be running with RLR/Andersen Racing. I want to thank Dan and John Andersen and all the team members for trusting that I can do the job. I will do my best to fight for the title."

Romancini's ability to adapt to the unfamiliar discipline was one of the things that impressed the Andersen brothers.

"I was extremely pleased with Mario's performance in the four days of testing on both road courses and ovals that he just completed with our team," Dan Andersen confirmed, "He learned oval driving techniques much faster than most drivers do, and in fact was the fastest driver out there when running without the benefit of a draft on the final open test day, when all 18 drivers were testing.

"He is very smooth - he has excellent hand movements, which is very important on ovals where steering input affects car speed so much - and also demonstrated a focused, positive attitude, and he works very well with our entire crew. We're looking forward to a great season with the #5 car."

The identity of Romancini's team-mate is expected to be revealed in the next couple of weeks.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Mario Romancini - RLR/Andersen Racing   [pic credit: IRL/McQueeney]
Scott Dixon - Chip Ganassi Indy Car [credit: IndyCar TV Twitter]
Will Power Texas
Charlie Kimball
Ed Jones feature
Ed Jones feature
Ed Jones
Ed Jones feature
Ed Jones feature
IndyCar, Dallara 2018 chassis, [Credit: IndyCar]
Graham Rahal Detroit celebration
Detroit IndyCar race start
Detroit IndyCar Andretti RHR
Esteban Gutierrez IndyCar Detroit
Graham Rahal Detroit IndyCar 2017
Takuma Sato Detroit IndyCar
Graham Rahal Detroit
Detroit Indy Conor Daly

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.