Bruno Junqueira will compete in the Indianapolis 500 this year following confirmation he has secured a berth in a second FAZZT Race Team car.
Junqueria gets the seat as a thank-you from Alex Tagliani. Last year the Canadian only got to race at the Brickyard when Junqueira gave up his place, having qualified his Conquest Racing car 30th on Bump Day.
"Because we have enough sponsorship to run a second car at Indianapolis, we felt it important to give that chance to Bruno," said Tagliani, who is competing full time in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series with the first-year FAZZT Race Team.
"Last year, with Bruno as the second driver in the team I was at, he let his spot in the field go after I had a mishap in qualifying. And it turned out, I had a pretty good race at the Indy 500 so it is nice way to say thank you to Bruno for what he did for me last year."
Junqueira, who has competed in the Indy 500 five times - leading 52 laps and starting from pole in 2002, is delighted to get the chance to race.
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to compete for the FAZZT Race Team at the Indianapolis 500," he continued. "The team will give me the resources and support to compete in a car that has the capabilities of winning at the Indianapolis 500. To win at Indianapolis has always been a dream of mine.
"I've had some very competitive opportunities at Indianapolis and in each year I've led laps and scored two top-five finishes at the Speedway. I hope that in 2010 I am able to complete my dream of a win at Indianapolis since I have been so close in the past."
Tagliani, Jim Freudenberg, Andre Azzi and Jason Priestley are co-owners of the FAZZT Race Team and Freudenberg reckons Junqueria will be a real asset.
"When we formed the FAZZT Race Team, we had a few goals in mind," Freudenberg added. "One of those goals was that if we had the opportunity to field a second entry at Indianapolis that we wanted to put Bruno in that car. Bruno is an extremely talented driver and is the perfect complement to our current programme.
"We are also excited that Bruno will be piloting the #33 car at Indianapolis as that is the car number he drove to the pole position in 2002, and we are hoping that number will serve him well again in 2010."