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Antonio Serravalle moves up to Indy Lights in a third car for HMD Motorsports

Young Canadian levels up to Indy Lights program

Brownsburg, Ind. – 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 No. 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 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires 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, he 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.

Santiago Urrutia Joins HMD Motorsports for the 2020 Indy Lights Season

Santiago Urrutia Joins HMD Motorsports for the 2020 Indy Lights Season
“Urrutia returns to Indy Lights”
February 3, 2020 – 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.