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TRIPLE PODIUM FOR DAVID MALUKAS AS LOGAN CUSSON IMPROVES SPEED THROUGHOUT WEEKEND

With the close of their weekend at Barber Motorsports Park this past weekend, HMD Motorsports has officially reached the halfway point in the 2020 Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda. Competing in rounds six through eight of the championship, HMD Motorsports remains second in the team points standings as David Malukas sits second in the Drivers’ Championship.

Unlike the rounds at VIRginia International Raceway just two weeks ago, the FR Americas Championship saw clean racing with only one yellow flag over the course of the three races, creating ample opportunity for both drivers to push themselves and their cars under green flag conditions.

Returning with the team, David Malukas had another podium sweep. In race one (round six), Malukas qualified in the fourth position. Over the course of the race, he was able to pass Joshua Car and finished on the third step of the podium and with the second fastest lap in race one, Malukas would start second in race two (round seven). With Nicky Hays closely on his tail, Malukas was ultimately passed and fell into the third position. After a close battle for second, and again posting the second fastest lap of the race, he was unable to make the pass and finished in third. In the third (round eight) and final race of the weekend, Malukas and polesitter Linus Lundqvist quickly began to pull away from the field. By the time the race reached the halfway point, Malukas had pulled away from the third-place competitor opening a twenty-second gap. Still sitting closely in second and matching each other’s lap times lap-for-lap, Malukas was unable to pass Lundqvist and finished comfortably in second, over 32 seconds ahead of the remainder of the field.

New to the team, Logan Cusson settled in with HMD Motorsports. Working with a teammate for the first time, Cusson was able to work with Malukas and both team engineers, Tim Neff and Yancy Diotalevi. Growing and learning throughout the weekend, Cusson began to settle in with his new car and team during the third race. With under fifteen minutes remaining in race three, Cusson had set the fourth fastest time of the race. For the remainder of the race, Cusson closely trailed Dario Cangialosi, but was unable to make a pass and finished twelfth. Finishing with the eighth fastest lap and scoring a lap time faster than the third-place finisher, a lot of positives were taken from the Barber event. With multiple test days planned with his new program, Cusson showed huge improvement from the first on track session with the team to the final checkered flag.

FR Americas will now enter into a short break with the next race weekend being over seven weeks away. With plenty of time off, HMD Motorsports will be using this time to partake in multiple tests in preparation for the second half of the FR Americas season. The team is also extending the opportunity for other drivers to participate in upcoming tests with HMD Motorsports.

HMD Motorsports also has the opportunity for another driver to join the team at the next race and for the remainder of the season. For more information on joining HMD Motorsports contact us at [email protected]

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

Photo Credit: Gavin Baker Photography

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LOGAN CUSSON JOINS DAVID MALUKAS AT HMD MOTORSPORTS

HMD Motorsports is returning to the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda as a two-car effort this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Over the three-day weekend, the team will take on rounds six, seven and eight of the championship in Leeds, Alabama with David Malukas and HMD Motorsports newcomer Logan Cusson.

David Malukas, who is currently second in the championship point standings, has finished on the podium in four of the five races run this season, but is looking to make the move to the top step and claim his first victory this weekend. Learning the car more each weekend and nicely settling into the new series, Malukas expects to only improve as the season continues and he is able to log more laps in a car that he is unfamiliar with.

Joining HMD Motorsports for the remainder of the 2020 season is Canadian Logan Cusson. The 20-year-old is no stranger to the FR Americas Championship and the supporting series within SCCA Pro Racing. This is Cusson’s second season in the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda where he has entered all five races and has had a best finish of eighth. In 2019, Logan claimed the Formula Pro USA Presented by Exclusive Racing F4 Winter Series Championship, claiming victory in half of the series races.

The picturesque Barber Motorsports Park is open to spectators this weekend, but for those who are unable to attend, live streaming for all three races is available to view on FANRacing.live and live timing can be found on the Race Monitor app during all on track sessions. Links to all live streaming, timing and scoring can also be found on the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda website at FRAmericas.com.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, July 31st

Practice 1                     11:00-11:30am

Practice 2                     2:45-3:30pm

Saturday, August 1st

Qualifying                     8:40-9:20am

Race 1                          12:55-1:45pm

Sunday, August 2nd

Race 2                          8:00-8:50am

Race 3                          12:00-12:50pm

While the 2020 season is already nearing the halfway point this weekend, HMD Motorsports is already hard at working on improving their program and expanding for the 2021 season. With the majority of August and September being spent without races, the team is eager to offer several test days throughout the two-month time period. HMD Motorsports has also opened up the opportunity for a third driver to join the team roster for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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DOUBLE PODIUM FOR DAVID MALUKAS IN FIRST TRIP TO VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

HMD Motorsports traveled to VIRginia International Raceway this past weekend for rounds three, four and five in the ultra-competitive Formula Regionals Championship Powered by Honda. Battling the environment was the main issue this weekend, as David Malukas, the HMD Motorsports team and even the car began to wear down in the blazing Virginia heat and humidity. However, still being in their second weekend with the series and only taking two test days in preparation for the season, the team still managed to show their skill and ability to overcome multiple obstacles and come out successful

Starting off the weekend with four series test sessions on Thursday, Malukas was quick in learning the track at VIRginia International Raceway. Having never been to or competed on the 17-turn natural terrain road course, Malukas used every valuable lap to prepare for the upcoming weekend. While there was no official timing on the Thursday Promoters Test Day, Malukas quickly began putting down fast laps and became comfortable on the course and in the car. In the final session of the day, Malukas was able to experience the track in the rain, where he continued to excel.

“VIR is a great track,” Malukas explained. “It’s a fun track with a lot of high-speed corners and every lap is an adventure. We have a lot of learning to do here, but I think we will be able to do well this weekend.”

Heading into the official practice day on Friday, the team hit a few bumps over the course of the two sessions. In the morning session, Malukas finished the session in eighth, experiencing a completely different car from the previous day. After running the first session on used tires from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course event, the team put on a different set for the second practice session in the afternoon. In what ended up being a short session for the HMD Motorsports team, Malukas put down a fast lap on lap five before getting loose on the next lap and ultimately getting into the tire barrier. Even though he was unable to complete the entire session, his time held out and he finished in second. While it was a short session, Malukas was one of three drivers in the field to improve on his time from the morning session and put down his fastest lap of the day.

Feeling confident heading into qualifying on Saturday morning, Malukas went out to put down four quick laps in the opening few minutes of the session. In an attempt to improve his time, the team brought Malukas in to mount a different set of tires for the latter half of the session. After completing less than two laps and still bringing his second set of tires up to speed, another driver hit the tire barrier and all drivers were brought back to pit lane, where they remained for the duration of the session. With minimal opportunity to put down a fast lap, Malukas finished the session in eighth with a time of 1.44.691. David went on to finish fifth in the first wheel-to-wheel action of the weekend.

After a not so lucky previous day, the team was determined to make up the missed championship points and end the season on a high note. Starting the race mid-pack in sixth, Malukas jumped to fourth at the start of the race, passing both Benjamin Pedersen and Danial Frost. With eighteen minutes remaining in the session, Jordan Missig went off-track, giving Malukas the third-place position. Maintaining a steady three-second lead, Malukas cruised towards the finish line and collected the third-place finish.

Heading into the third and final race of the weekend, HMD Motorsport and David Malukas were confident in their ability to put together another solid finish. At the start of the race, Malukas held his third place starting position, where he remained for a majority of the race, closely trailing the leaders. With six minutes remaining in the session, a yellow came out for a car off track, and the team thought that was the end of the race. Right as the yellow flag flew, Malukas began to experience car troubles caused by the intense heat over the weekend. While Malukas was stuck in fourth gear, the series announced, “Green, this time by.” With a failing car, Malukas gave it everything he had. Initially falling to fourth on the restart, with two laps to go, he worked his way back onto the podium.

“It was a great weekend of learning,” Malukas said. “At a new track, with equipment that we are still beginning to learn and overcoming multiple obstacles, we still came out successful this weekend and secured two podium finishes.”

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS BRINGS DAVID MALUKAS TO VIR

HMD Motorsports is headed for the hills of Virginia to compete in the triple-header weekend in the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda. Fresh off his pair of second place podium results, David Malukas will be aiming for the top step of the podium in his and HMD Motorsports first visit to the legendary facility.

After a successful run in the season-opening weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the team is returning to the series with rookie driver David Malukas – who is currently sitting second in the championship standings. With Malukas as the only HMD Motorsports entry this weekend, all attention will be given to providing the young talent with a race winning car. After earning two second place finishes in the first two rounds, Malukas is after his first win of the season. In the first triple-header weekend of the season, up to 75 points towards the championship are up for grabs.

“After a short break since Mid-Ohio and with a bit more testing under my belt, I’m excited to try and do another good showing with the HMD Motorsports team at VIR,” expressed Malukas. “I’m ready to get going again and see what we can do with the ultimate goal being to win!”

Starting off the weekend, Malukas and the team will participate in the series test day on Thursday where they will have over two and a half hours of track time before heading into the official practice sessions on Friday. Being new to the series and the track, the team will take advantage of this time to learn the track and work on setups in order to be a competitive force this weekend.

While the track is closed to spectators this weekend due to COVID-19 safety precautions, live streaming for all three races is available to view on FANRacing.live and live timing can be found on the Race Monitor app. Links to all live streaming, timing & scoring can also be found on the FR Americas website at FRAmericas.com.

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, July 16th
Testing Session 1           8:00-8:40am
Testing Session 2           9:35-10:15am
Testing Session 3           11:10-11:50am
Testing Session 4           1:35-2:15pm

Friday, July 17th
Practice 1                     11:00-11:30am
Practice 2                     3:10-3:40pm

Saturday, July 18th
Qualifying                     10:25-10:55am
Race 1                          2:55-3:45pm

Sunday, July 19th
Race 2                          10:35-11:25am
Race 3                          3:05-3:55pm

HMD Motorsports is currently looking for an additional driver to join the team for the remainder of the 2020 FR Americas season. For more information contact [email protected]

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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THREE PODIUM RESULTS AND A GREAT WEEKEND FOR HMD MOTORSPORTS IN FR AMERICAS DEBUT

HMD Motorsports showed their strength this weekend in the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda and left Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with three podium finishes between the two drivers. David Malukas finished on the second step of the podium in both races of the weekend and Santiago Urrutia finished on the third step in race number two. With minimal prep time and testing, HMD Motorsports gave it everything they had and came out successful.

After making the switch from Indy Lights only a few short weeks ago and with only a day of testing under their belt before arriving at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, HMD Motorsports instantly found their footing within the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda. In the season-opening practice session, David Malukas quickly found his pace and positioned himself at the top of the leaderboard, proving that both Malukas and the team are a competitive force. Uruguayan driver, Santiago Urrutia, suffered front wing damage early on in the session, but was still able to place himself well inside the top-ten, finishing the session in sixth.

On Friday, the team prepared for the final practice session and qualifying for the first race of the weekend. Santiago Urrutia was ultimately forced to sit out of the final practice due to a tire placement issue. David Malukas found his stride early on in the session and was putting down some of the fastest laps. After making a change during his only pit stop, Malukas ended the practice session in fifth. In the only qualifying round of the weekend, Urrutia went out with very little practice and was able to situate himself in fifth. Malukas quickly made a name for himself in the series and displayed his speed but ultimately missed the pole position by 0.001 seconds, a record for the closest qualifying finish for the series, behind first place qualifier Linus Lundqvist.

After numerous cancellations and schedule changes, and ultimately changing series from Indy Lights to FR Americas, HMD Motorsports saw their first green flag for a race in over eight months. Urrutia, who qualified fifth, had an excellent start and made quick work to place himself in second. He was able to maintain his position for the entirety of the race. With only two laps remaining, Urrutia spun out and ultimately dropped back to 15th. Malukas, after qualifying second, dropped the clutch a bit too quick on the start and dropped back to fifth. He then worked his way into the fourth position, and after a yellow flag, with only eight minutes remaining, he slid into third, trailing his teammate, Santi Urrutia. After Urrutia’s spin with two laps remaining, Malukas moved up and claimed the second step of the podium.

For the second and final race of the weekend, starting positions were determined by driver’s fastest lap times from race one. Malukas had a fast lap time of 1:20.269 and claimed the second starting position, and Urrutia closely trailed in third with a time of 1:20.279. With only 0.010 seconds separating the two HMD Motorsports drivers, both drivers were ready to battle for podium finishes.

Taking the green flag at 10:05am, Malukas and Urrutia both had strong starts and were able to maintain their starting positions. After a full course yellow, the race went green for the second time with eight minutes remaining. The two HMD drivers held on to second and third and finished out the race with both drivers on the podium.

HMD Motorsports excelled over the weekend and are already working on preparations for the next race at VIRginia International Raceway in three weeks. With a lot more to learn about the chassis and the series, the team is excited to continue to battle for wins and podiums throughout the remainder of the FR Americas season.

HMD Motorsports is eager to extending the opportunity for another driver to join the team at the next race and for the remainder of the season. For more information on joining HMD Motorsports contact us at [email protected]

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HMD MOTORSPORTS MOVES TO FR AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY HONDA FOR 2020 SEASON

With the recent cancellation of the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, HMD Motorsports has been forced to reconsider their season plans. After taking a few days to evaluate all of their options, the team has decided to enter the Formulas Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda for the entirety of the 2020 season and make a run at the series championship.

As with every other form of motorsports, FR Americas has been forced to alter their season schedule due to COVID-19, but the series has remained committed to running a full season. FR Americas will travel alongside the Formula 4 United States Championship for the entirety of the season.

With two Ligier JS F3 chassis already in their possession, the team is excited to enter current HMD Motorsports drivers, David Malukas and Santiago Urrutia. Both drivers will be competing in all sixteen rounds (six race weekends) of the championship and will be vying for the Championship and the Honda Performance Development Indy Lights Scholarship – which will enable the Champion to compete in an entire Indy Lights season the following season.

“As they say there is a bright side to everything and with the cancellation of the Indy Lights 2020 season, I’m glad to able to continue racing this year in the FR America series,” said Malukas. “It’s always nice to get into a car that you’ve never driven in before and to also compete in a new series. I am gutted about the Indy Lights season being cancelled as the team and I have worked hard and were looking forward to the year, but with everything happening in the world right now, safety is the number one priority and I am lucky to have to opportunity to continue racing.

HMD Motorsports is committed to remaining at the front of the field and returning to Indy Lights in 2021 as a top contender. Forming during the latter half of the 2019 season, HMD Motorsports is devoted to growing as a team and expanding their program – which now includes entries in FR Americas. By entering the series, HMD Motorsports will be able to keep their shop doors open and retain their staff in an effort to continue building on the team’s resumé.

“We need to see what the season brings,” explained Henry Malukas. “If it makes sense, we will continue in 2021 and push for championships with a pair of new drivers. All the wheels are in motion to possibly compete in multiple series again in 2021.”

Taking the year to learn on new tracks and in a new chassis will help both the team and drivers enhance their driving ability to make them more rounded drivers. The team will remain focused on building a high-caliber operation and will come back to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship as a powerhouse team with more experience and knowledge.  HMD Motorsports is excited to take on the challenge on entering a new series and looks forward to starting the 2020 season!

About the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda
The FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda offers young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements of the program. Having the FR Americas chassis manufactured in the United States by Ligier Automotive, the Honda Civic Type R motor built in Anna, Ohio, and the Hankook tires marketed and distributed out of Nashville, Tennessee, aids in affordability and availability.
*From FRAmericas.com

FR Americas 2020 Season Schedule:

  •             June 26-28                    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  •             July 17-19                     Virginia International Raceway
  •             July 31-August 2          Barber Motorsports Park
  •             September 25-27        Sebring International Raceway
  •             October 2-4                  Homestead Miami Speedway
  •             October 23-25              Finale, TBA

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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WITH 2020 THE GOAL, HMD MOTORSPORTS LOOKS FORWARD TO 2021 AND DRIVER ADVANCEMENT

After a nearly two-month delay to the start of the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship do to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series appears to be on track to this season’s opening event at Road America later in June. With the intention of completing the scheduled eighteen races over the course of ten weekends, HMD Motorsports looks to make the most of the peculiar season with their three-driver lineup consisting of Antonio Serravalle, Santiago Urrutia and David Malukas.

“Our goals are set high for 2020, and we will continue to push to achieve these goals once the season starts,” explained Team Owner Henry Malukas. “The time off has allowed us as a team to regroup and be better prepared for the upcoming and busy five months. The guys at the shop have completely redone the place making it much more efficient all while making sure the cars are 100%.”

Due to the shifted series schedule that is now planned to culminate in October as opposed to September, a shorter offseason between the 2020 and 2021 race seasons is expected and compelling to company officials to begin looking forward to 2021 and the future. Anticipating the short offseason and limited opportunities for winter testing, HMD Motorsports is introducing the opportunity for optional driver programs in order to be primed and prepped for the following season.

Malukas added, “If you are looking at the IndyLights program in 2021, we have established a program to allow drivers to experience the professional atmosphere of HMD Motorsports all while we chase race wins, podium results and a championship in 2020.”

Aiming for a strong performance in 2020, HMD Motorsports driver David Malukas led the one and only practice session of 2020 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. With three drivers in the field and all showing speed on the temporary street circuit, HMD Motorsports is anxious to get back on track.

“The time off has allowed us to look forward and prepare for the future,” added AJ Smith. “The goal and the vision of this team is incredible, and these weeks off has allowed us to prepare even more for the future. The goal in 2020 is set, but in 2021 we may have the opportunity to field a fourth car and expand more.”

In order to piece together a robust team for the upcoming season and into the future, HMD Motorsports is equipped to establish relationships with 2021 drivers over the remainder of the 2020 season and onwards as testing opportunities become available.

In what is likely the most bizarre season for the Road to Indy, and racing in general, HMD Motorsports hopes to make the most of the opportunity to prepare for the future.

Those interested in working with HMD Motorsports should contact [email protected]

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TURTLE PLASTICS, HMD TRUCKING AND HMD MOTORSPORTS PARTNER TO PROVIDE RELIEF WATER TO MICHIGAN DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, the team partners at HMD Motorsports, HMD Trucking and Turtle Plastics have joined together to help deliver emergency relief water to the city of Flint, Michigan.

Brought together through the team’s business-to-business program with help from RTD Media & Management, HMD Trucking and Turtle Plastics joined forces with the National Clean Water Collective, WS Darley & Co. Water, and Wristsponsible in order to deliver 5000 gallons of water from Dallas, Texas to the city of Flint. On Friday, April 17th, HMD Trucking trailers pulled into the city carrying twenty-three pallets of water ready to be distributed to those in need throughout the city this week.

Since its beginnings, Turtle Plastics has long been committed to supporting communities, both locally and internationally.

“Turtle Plastics has a long history of supporting communities locally and internationally. We are very committed to being good corporate citizens to our customers and to the community at large.

Founder Tom Norton and his wife, Dr. Karen Bradley, are generous philanthropists who share their energy and resources for a better world. Their focus on serving others serves as an inspiration and a model for our company.

In 2017, Tom and Karen established The Turtle Plastics Foundation, a broad-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate, create, support, and promote educational, environmental, health, and safety initiatives worldwide. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through grants, donations, public awareness events, and other marketing efforts.” – TurtlePlastics.com/Community-Foundation

HMD Trucking and Turtle Plastics joined the influence of the National Clean Water Collective to provide support to the residence of Flint during these trying times.

“The National Clean Water Collective (NCWC) is a registered non-profit grassroots organization that has provided more than $250k worth of vital supplies and support to the residents of Flint, Michigan. We developed a short-term relief plan that provides immediate assistance and are establishing a network of activists, volunteers, and other organizations around the country to help develop long term solutions for a more sustainable Flint and nation. Our team understands the importance of bringing scientists, engineers, activists, organizers, business men and women, and policy-makers together to confront America’s deepening water crisis.” – NationalCleanWater.org

In an effort to help promote this endeavor, the National Clean Water Collective and Turtle Plastics have also paired up with American actor, author and activist, Hill Harper, known for his roles on CSI: NY and The Good Doctor. Harper set up a GoFundMe page that has generated over $30,000 in donations for the City of Flint.

“Residents of Flint, MI have been suffering the past six years fighting the life-damaging and lethal effects caused by the lead found in their water system,” Harper posted to the page.  “Today, the city’s plight deepens with the scarce supply of clean drinking water available during this pandemic.  Flint is one of the poorest cities in the country with 41% of the residents living below the poverty line and most all residents with no continuous access to clean water.  Most of the residents in poverty are young families.  Flint needs our help!”

After a successful operation, WS Darley & Co. Water, along with the others involved, hope to continue an extended partnership with HMD Trucking on more shipping logistics opportunities around emergency relief water and environmental justice.

To donate to the effort, or to learn more and follow along with updates, visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/Covidrelief4flint.

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HMD Motorsports Set with Three Driver Lineup for Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

After a rollercoaster season in 2019 that saw several podiums, a race win and changes within the organization, HMD Motorsports used the offseason to rebuild the team from the ground up. Bringing in new employees and reworking their race lineup, the team is ready to take to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg this weekend, March 13-15, for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season opener.

Heading to the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit, HMD Motorsports is well equipped to conquer the weekend. With multiple new team members, including some of the top mechanics and engineers hired at the end of last season and throughout the offseason, HMD Motorsports is looking to challenge for race wins and podium results right out of the gates.

Fielding the #79 entry and returning to the team is Indy Lights sophomore David Malukas. In 2019, Malukas finished both St. Petersburg races in fourth, just narrowly missing the podium. With a season-best finish of third, he hopes to be able to climb to the top step of the podium, becoming a front-running contender in the 2020 season.

Santiago Urrutia is returning to the Indy Lights field in the #55 HMD Motorsports entry. After taking a year away from the series and racing in the TCR Europe Touring Car Series, Urrutia will be making another attempt to claim the Indy Lights Championship title. In his three years (2016-2018) racing in St. Petersburg in Indy Lights, Urrutia has claimed three podium positions, winning in 2018.

The third and final entry for the team will be driven by Indy Lights rookie Antonio Serravalle, who will pilot the #11 HMD Motorsports entry. Moving up from Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires, the 17-year-old Canadian will be making his Indy Lights debut this weekend. In 2019, Serravalle earned his best finish of fourth at the streets of Toronto and hopes to emulate those results on the Streets of St. Petersburg this weekend.

In preparation for the upcoming season, HMD Motorsports has spent the last few weeks testing at Sebring Raceway, Barber Motorsports Park and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Most recently, the team participated in Spring Training in Homestead and logged laps of data and gained experience that will aid in their efforts in 2020.

The team now transitions into race mode for the first event of the season. With a slight change to the schedule from last year, the team will participate in one practice session on Friday, followed by the first round of qualifying and race one on Saturday. The weekend will culminate on Sunday with the second round of qualifying and race two.

INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday, March 13

  • 9:00-9:45AM    Practice
  • 3:45-4:15PM     Autograph Session (INDYCAR Fan Village)

Saturday, March 14

  • 8:00-8:30AM    Qualifying 1
  • 1:35-2:25PM     Race 1

Sunday, March 15

  • 8:35-9:05AM    Qualifying 2
  • 1:15-2:10PM     Race 2

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17-Year-Old Antonio Serravalle Joins HMD Motorsports for 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship

With the start of the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season quickly approaching, HMD Motorsports has added a third driver to their growing lineup. 17-year-old Canadian standout Antonio Serravalle, one of Canada’s top prospects for a bright career in the NTT IndyCar Series, will be moving up the Road to Indy ladder system and will pilot the Ferrari & Associates / Tycoon Capital #11 HMD Motorsports entry.

With plans to compete in five weekends, Serravalle will be joining HMD Motorsports at upcoming tests at Barber Motorsports Park and the series sanctioned Spring Training test at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kicking the season off at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Canadian is slated to compete in the top rung of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder until his home event in Toronto and hopes to complete the full season pending current partnership negotiations.

“I’m excited to be moving up to Indy Lights,” said Serravalle. “I was able to test with HMD Motorsports in December, and it was a great experience! The team was extremely helpful getting me settled into the car and up to speed, and we were ultimately able to run towards the front of the field during the test. They are an experienced and professional team with nearly every team member having IndyCar experience, and I am grateful and excited to be working with them this season.”

Serravalle competed in the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Championship for the past two seasons as a privateer effort alongside his father who acted as engineer where he earned a best finish of fourth. Gaining knowledge along the way and learning the Road to Indy program, Serravalle made the jump from karts to Indy Pro 2000 just two short seasons ago. Not having the opportunity to compete with a high caliber team or a consistent engineer and mechanic program week in and week out, Serravalle has managed to run fairly successful seasons while continuing to gain valuable on-track experience.

“Antonio will be a great addition to the team in 2020,” said HMD Team Owner, Henry Malukas. “After a hectic season last year, we were still able to be a frontrunning team and we expect nothing less this season. We are much more prepared and have put the proper people in the right positions. Antonio tested very well with the team in Sebring a few months back and working alongside a pair of returning Indy Lights drivers I imagine he will only continue to improve throughout the season. The goal is to get the first few events out of the way and assist him in finding the necessary pieces to the puzzle to be a long-term addition.”

Linked to Acura, Serravalle has received praise from the upper management of Honda Canada.

“Antonio’s experience is years ahead of his actual age,” stated a Honda Canada Manager. “He is destined for greatness and will be great to follow through Indy Lights and onwards into IndyCar.”

Serravalle will be joining HMD Motorsports alongside returning Indy Lights drivers David Malukas and Santiago Urrutia. Before the start of the season, HMD Motorsports will be heading to Barber Motorsports Park for a private test early next week followed by Spring Training at Homestead-Miami Speedway the following week.

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

To keep up with Antonio throughout the season, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:

Facebook: @AntonioSerravalleRacing
Twitter: @SerravalleA17
Instagram: @Antonio.Serravalle

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Santiago Urrutia Joins HMD Motorsports for the 2020 Indy Lights Season

HMD Motorsports has signed their second driver for the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season. Multi-time Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race winner, Santiago Urrutia, will be joining the Road to Indy Paddock once again, driving the #55 Dallara IL-15. Urrutia will be competing in his fourth Indy Lights season and has one goal, the championship.

“I have worked extremely hard to be back in the Indy Lights paddock as my ultimate goal is IndyCar,” explained Urrutia. “The HMD Motorsports team is on the rise and in my opinion, a major threat for the championship. I am happy to be reunited with my engineer from the past, Tim Neff, and working with David Malukas. I can’t wait to get the season started.”

Like many Indy Lights drivers, Urrutia has worked his way through the ladder program. Beginning in the Road to Indy in 2015, Santiago moved over from the GP3 Series to compete in the Pro Mazda Championship (now Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires) where he earned three wins, ten podiums and ultimately took home the championship. In 2016 he moved up to Indy Lights where he remained through 2018. In his time in Indy Lights, Urrutia collected eight wins, two second-place championships and a third-place championship.

“Santiago will be a great asset to the team in 2020,” added AJ Smith. “Over the years, he has competed in numerous championships and has always been able to battle for wins and been one of the top drivers in the field, and we are expecting nothing less in 2020.”

The Santiago Urrutia announcement video can be seen HERE.

Urrutia will be joining HMD Motorsports and Indy Lights sophomore David Malukas as both drivers intend on battling for wins and ultimately the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship title.

Stay tuned for more announcements from HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks.

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