GP2: Nathanael Berthon returns with Lazarus for 2015


25-year-old Nathanael Berthon has become the latest driver to be confirmed for the 2015 GP2 Series season, remaining with Venezuela GP Lazarus for the new campaign.

The French driver enters his fourth season of racing in GP2 in 2015, having made his debut with Racing Engineering back in 2012.

2013 saw him claim a shock victory at the sprint race in Hungary with Trident, but his 2014 campaign with Lazarus was less fruitful as both he and teammate Conor Daly struggled with the car.

Nevertheless, the team confirmed today that Berthon would be retained for the new season.

“We improved throughout the season and we’re proud to have Nathanael back with us again,” team boss Tancredi Pagiaro said. “We want to thank all our sponsors who supported us also in difficult times in the past, and for them trusting in us for the 2015 season.”

Berthon was pleased to confirm his plans for the coming season, and has set his sights on finishing on the podium with Lazarus in 2015.

“I am very pleased to be back in the Lazarus family,” Berthon. “Thanks to them, I can race again in GP2. I would like also to say that I am very confident. We became better and better throughout the entire previous year.

“We’re now starting with a good base and much more experience than in 2014. I will do my best to make the Lazarus colours shine on podiums throughout 2015.”

Just eight seats remain on the grid for the coming season, with the first race taking place in Bahrain on April 17.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”