Pablo Donoso will become the latest driver attracted by RLR/Andersen Racing's strong start to the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Series when he re
joins the team for this weekend's race at Iowa Speedway.
Although no stranger to the Andersen Racing side of the race-winning set-up, having competed under the banner in the Star Mazda series, the Santiago native will be making his Indy Lights debut with the squad at this Saturday's round. The 24-year old will drive the #9 entry sponsored by Andersen Racing and Allied Interior Products in the evening race, which starts at 8pm local time.
Donoso's opportunity comes as two current RLR/Andersen drivers are forced to sit out the oval event. Frontrunner Jonathan Summerton - who claimed his first win in the parallel Atlantic Championship at New Jersey Motorsport Park on Saturday - will be absent while he tries to raise additional sponsorship funds to continue a season that sees him fifth in the standings, just 37 points out of the lead, having early sat in top spot, while Irishman Ali Jackson struggles with administrative matters, after a delay in obtaining the proper international travel documents needed to re-enter the country. The team expects Jackson back in the States for the race at Watkins Glen on 4 July, but could not set a date for Summerton's likely return.
Donoso, meanwhile, will hope to make a winning return to the Andersen set-up, having taken a maiden Indy Lights win with Team Moore Racing at Infineon Raceway in August last season [pictured
]. He started the 2009 season with Brian Stewart Racing, before completing the two most recent events with Genoa Indy Lights. The Chilean is currently 16th in the point standings as he returns to a track where he started tenth and finished fifth last June.
"I've done well at Iowa in the past, but this year has been hard so far," Donoso admitted, "I know how professional Andersen Racing is because I raced with them in Star Mazda. Dan Andersen and his family and the whole team are very professional, and I know the car will be good. I'm really thankful to Dan for giving me this opportunity, and I will do my best at Iowa as I would like to run more races with the team if possible."
Donoso has also been impressive in USAC Silver Crown events on Iowa Speedway's seven-eighths-mile tri-oval, finishing second to Dave Steele in that series' inaugural race at Iowa in September 2006, and leading the first seven laps of the May 2007 event before remaining in contention until his engine blew just 17 laps from the finish.
Donoso will be partnered by Brazil's Mario Romancini, who won the most recent Lights race, at the Milwaukee Mile, from the pole, leading all 100 laps in the #5 RLR/Andersen entry.