Hargrove inks Lights deal with Team Pelfrey for St. Pete


Canadian driver Scott Hargrove will pilot the No. 3 Gap Guard Indy Lights car for the  rounds 1 and 2 of the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

“I’m ecstatic about joining the new Team Pelfrey Indy Lights program,” Hargrove said. “It's clear that this is a team that knows how to win, and I’m very confident we’ll be competitive right out of the gate. After nearly a year out of the Indy Lights car, St. Pete will be a great reintroduction as it is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule and I’ve had success there in the past.”

Hargrove has past experience working with key members of Team Pelfrey’s first-year Indy Lights effort. He previously worked with team principal Gary Neal and engineer Yves Touron in 2015, competing at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with 8Star Motorsports. The 21-year-old Surrey, British Columbia-native finished in 4th place and 6th place respectively.

 “Adding Scott Hargrove in a second Team Pelfrey Indy Lights car for St. Petersburg to partner with Juan Piedrahita is great for the team,” Neal said. “Yves and I had the pleasure to work with Scott at St. Pete for his debut in the Dallara IL-15. Now we can come back with some track data with the same driver and look for a competitive showing. We will use input from both drivers, and I am sure we will see the benefits of being a multi-car team."

Team Pelfrey owner Dale Pelfrey sees his first-year program a force to be reckoned with on the Mazda Road to Indy.

“My goal when forming the Indy Lights program was to find a way to make a statement in the Mazda Road to Indy," said Pelfrey. "With the addition of Scott and Juan (Piedrahita) and the experience of the former 8Star Motorsports crew, we are adding key ingredients that will establish a competitive, experienced and winning culture. We can’t wait for St. Pete.”

 “I had the pleasure of working with Gary and Yves in 2015; they are great guys with the passion and desire to win. It’s always beneficial to work with people you already have a great relationship with, and that certainly is the case here,” said Hargrove.

With the season opener in less than 17 days, Team Pelfrey Indy Lights and Scott Hargrove are optimistic about their future in fielding the Canadian for the rest of the 2016 Indy Lights season.

“There is no doubt in my mind I will run for the entire season,” said Hargrove, who will also test with the team at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 25.  “Every day, I’m gaining momentum, and it's just a matter of time until everything is in place and we can focus 100 percent on racing for wins and the championship.”

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