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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.