RLR/Andersen Racing has announced that Sean Guthrie will drive its #9 car in the Firestone Indy Lights season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday [9 October].
The 21-year old will join team stalwart Mario Romancini in a two-car effort to close out the season, with backing from Car Crafters, IZOD, Andersen Racing and Andersen RacePark.
"We have known and liked the Guthrie family for many years, and we're pleased to be able to help Sean return to the series," team co-owner John Andersen said, "He is a good driver and he's very anxious to get his racing career back on track. Hopefully, he'll be able to have a good weekend and then build on that for 2010."
Guthrie, who has 41 Firestone Indy Lights starts dating back to 2006, will be returning to the series following a suspension resulting from an incident during the 23 April race at Kansas Speedway. He has three career top five finishes and 13 top tens in the series, and was running at the finish in 32 of his 41 starts.
"The first word that comes to mind is 'wow!'," Guthrie admitted, "I was vacuuming glass out of a car at the body shop on Wednesday when I got a call from my dad saying 'do you want to drive for Andersen at Homestead?'
"After a short conversation, and a few hours to wrap my head around the idea, the decision was made. I'm extremely excited to be back in the car and can't wait to work with the great Andersen Racing crew. I have raced against Andersen Racing in both the Star Mazda series and Firestone Indy Lights, and they have always had a tremendous team."
Guthrie has two previous starts in Firestone Indy Lights at Homestead, having finished 19th there in 2007 and eleventh in 2008.
"Returning to Homestead is something I had been looking very forward to after my disappointing race last year, where I went a lap down due to an issue during the warm-up lap, and then had to pass the leader to get my lap back," he noted, "It was by far the best car I had in 2008, and it was a race that I should have won."