Indy Lights: Belardi signs Felix Serralles for 2015 program

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Belardi Auto Racing, the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champions with Gabby Chaveswas the first team to confirm its participation in 2015 with the new Dallara IL15 chassis.

They’re also the first to announce a driver signing.

Puerto Rican driver Felix Serralles will take up one of the team’s two seats. It’s a homecoming for Serralles, who won the Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship in 2009 and then finished third in the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda as an official MAZDASPEED Development Driver.

The Florida resident also ran two USF2000 race weekends with Belardi Auto Racing in 2010, finishing second at Road Atlanta before winning the Team USA Scholarship.

He’s moved to Europe since, racing in the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy that fall, the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2011, and the British Formula 3 Championship in 2012.

The latter year he finished third overall with 13 podium finishes and five wins, including Spa and Monza and becoming a Mercedes Benz (HWA) junior development driver. As expected, he made the calculated jump to the FIA Formula 3 European series in 2013 and now competes with West-Tec in the series, having posted 12 top-10 finishes thus far.

Watch: Top 5 heartbreaks in Indy 500 history (video)

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As we near the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, NBC Sports will be counting down some of the top moments in the race’s illustrious history, right up until May 26.

Today’s countdown features the top five heartbreaks, from J.R. Hildebrand crashing on the final turn in 2011 to hand the win to Dan Wheldon, to Robby Gordon running out of fuel in 1999 and leading to Kenny Brack’s victory.

For more Indy 500 coverage, check out NBC Sports Gold for exclusive coverage, and don’t miss the race on NBC on May 26.