Conquest Racing will continue its tradition of progressing the careers of gifted young drivers by fielding Brazilian Mario Romancini full-time in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.
The 22-year old rookie graduating from the Firestone Indy Lights series, where he drove for the RLR/Andersen Racing team in 2009, his only year in the feeder category.
“We are thrilled to announce we have reached an agreement with Mario for the full year,” Conquest Racing owner Eric Bachelart commented, “He is a young, talented driver who performed exceptionally during his 2009 rookie year in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, with particular excellence on ovals. Mario fits in well with our quest to develop new and promising drivers in the next step of their career, and we look forward to helping him advance successfully in the IZOD Indy Car Series this season.”
Romancini, who had previously struggled to prove his ability in Europe's World Series by Renault, grabbed the attention of the IRL fraternity last season when he claimed four podiums, one pole, and victories at the Milwaukee Mile and Homestead.
“I couldn't be more excited to move up to the IZOD IndyCar Series with a team like Conquest,” he said, “I have been talking with a few teams since last October, when the season ended, but, after my first contact with Eric, I knew we could make something really good happen. We know we will have a lot of work to do. We will be competing against very strong teams and experienced drivers but, with all the support from Eric and the Conquest team, I am confident that with every race we will get better."
There will be added attention on Romancini when he makes his series debut later next month, with the IndyCar season opening in his home town.
“Moving up to the IndyCar Series is already a feeling that is difficult to describe, as I've been working really hard to be here since I started in go karts, but to have my first race in my hometown, in front of all my people, my family, and friends will be amazing," he admitted, "I am very excited for this moment and, for sure, couldn't ask for a better place.”
Bachelart is also delighted to add another Brazilian talent to the field, having fielded several in Conquest cars over the years.
“We are very excited to bring another Brazilian driver to the fans in Sao Paulo," he noted, "Having a native rookie driver will definitely inject more excitement into the race. Brazilian culture has become increasingly important to the series, and our team is looking forward to learning more about it from Mario in his hometown.”
Romancini's maiden voyage in the #34 chassis will take place at this week's open test at the Barber Motorsport Park.