Pablo Donoso will return to the Firestone Indy Lights line-up for a second year in 2009, having signed a deal to drive the #33 entry for veteran team owner Brian Stewart.
Donoso, who won the second race at Infineon Raceway and earned his first pole position at Milwaukee in his rookie season in 2008, is already familiar with the Brian Stewart Racing set-up, having included the squad among three he drove for last season en route
to seventh in the overall standings.
''Pablo is not afraid to step on the gas, and I think we can do a good job for him and help him fight for the championship,'' Stewart, who ran the 22-year old on the ovals at Kentucky and Chicagoland, noted, ''He's now got the experience of a full season in the car and is a very good driver. I got to know him last year, and I like him. I couldn't be happier to add a driver of his ability, especially at this time of year.''
The Santiago native, who is managed by former IndyCar Series competitor Eliseo Salazar, admitted that he was happy to have a degree of stability going into 2009.
''I am very pleased to return to BSR, especially since I already know many of the guys the team,'' Donoso said, ''Sometimes there is a big worry when you join a new team, but I'm already comfortable working with Brian and his crew, so that worry doesn't exist.''
Stewart, who previously signed Russian driver Sergey Mokshantsev for his two-car effort, said the addition of Donoso gave his team one of the best driver combinations in what appears to be one of the strongest Indy Lights fields yet assembled.
''The last time we had two good drivers was in 1997, with Cristiano da Matta and Airton Dare,'' Stewart reflected, ''This is the first year since then that I've had two good drivers that can consistently fight for the podium. I think Pablo and Sergey will push each other to do better and make each other better this season.''