Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will run a fifth Dallara IL-15 Mazda for Heamin Choi in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the team announced today.
The 31-year-old Korean driver, who will drive the team’s No. 21 entry, has past Mazda Road to Indy experience in Pro Mazda and USF2000 and has primarily raced GT cars in Asia. He made his U.S. circuit debut at Mazda Raceway in 2007.
“Since I am with one of the best teams, I am less worried about the car setup and race support, which allows me to concentrate on my performance,” Choi said in a team release. “I understand that other contenders have gained an advantage through competing in the full session, however it is amusing that I have competed with most of the contenders in USF2000 and Pro Mazda.
“Laguna Seca track was my debut track in 2007 for the pro racing in the USA so I am up for the challenge in my Indy Lights debut there. My goal for this week is to prepare by utilizing various resources and adapt to Indy Lights as fast as possible, and to perform with my best of effort.”
Choi joins the remaining four cars, which include title contenders Jack Harvey and RC Enerson, and additional shoes Scott Anderson and Ethan Ringel.
COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Defending champion Sebastien Ogier goes into this weekend’s Rally Australia with a chance to clinch his sixth World Rally Championship in a row. Thierry Neuville, a runner-up four times but never a champion, hopes to change the world order.
Neuville led the series for much of the season but Ogier’s win in Britain and a second place in Spain has given the Frenchman 204 points, three ahead of Neuville, heading into the final rally of the championship.
“We are not the best friends but we are rivals and respect each other for our performances,” Neuville said Wednesday. “I’ve been second many times in the championship now, we are so close to the main goal.”
“If we need to take more risks because we need to pass Sebastien we’re going to try,” the Belgian driver added, “we’ll take the maximum risks.”
Ogier says the feeling is mutual when it comes to his main rival.
“We are different, definitely, but most important we’re in a great fight together and respect each other for that,” Ogier said. “It’s about trying to beat each other and do it with respect.”
Ott Tanak of Estonia sits 23 points behind and with 30 points for a win in Australia, and other results going his way, he could also capture the world title.
Ogier will be hoping for some Friday morning rain to settle the dust and gravel before he sets off first on what will be more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) of timed racing through forests on the New South Wales state’s north coast, about 530 kilometers (325 miles) north of Sydney.
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