New team, new driver in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series. It’s not full-time – yet – but this is good.
The full release from McCormack Racing is below:
18 year-old King of the Wing Sprint Car Series champion Davey Hamilton, Jr. has come to terms to compete for Jack McCormack & McCormack Racing in the 2016 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. The third generation driver originally from Boise, ID will be making his debut campaign in a single seater.
Hamilton hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps as the latest American racer to translate asphalt Open Wheel & Sprint Car success into an INDYCAR career. Hamilton, Jr.’s 2015 concluded with his fifth Sprint Car win of the year at Madera in November en route to the King of the Wing Western Sprint Car Series championship and third in the national championship.
His father Davey, Sr. has competed in 11 Indianapolis 500s with a best finish of fourth. He also finished second in series points in back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998. He remarkably finished ninth in the 2007 edition of the 500 after a six year comeback from a devastating crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
“This opportunity with Jack McCormack is something I have been looking forward to for a long time,” Hamilton, Jr. said. “We are working hard to be on the grid in March to challenge for wins and ultimately an Indy Lights championship. We still have some work to do financially but we’re pushing hard.”
McCormack’s racing history goes back to 1966 in drag racing before a successful career in engineering and car ownership across IMSA, IndyCar, Indy Lights, and USAC. McCormack has worked with a diverse range of top drivers such as Sam Posey, Skip Barber, Pancho Carer, Roger McCluskey, Jerry Sneva, Roger Mears, Tom Sneva, Geoff Brabham, and Dick Simon.
McCormack Racing and Hamilton have spent much of the off season testing primarily at Buttonwillow Raceway in California. After several weeks practicing a third-generation Indy Lights car, Hamilton took controls of the current fourth-generation IL-15 for numerous testing days. Hamilton and McCormack will make a private oval test later this month before joining the series officially on February 24th for the test on the one-mile oval Phoenix International Raceway.
The team has tentative agreements in place to compete in the entire Indy Lights starting with the Streets of St. Pete March 11-13. Two separate Indy Lights races will be contested across opening weekend for the series. Indy Lights’ 2016 agenda also includes oval races at Phoenix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Freedom 100 on Carb Day, and Iowa Speedway.
Both Hamilton and McCormack are still searching for additional funding to solidify an effort to be the seventh American on the grid this spring.