Neil Alberico will return to Carlin for a second season in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires.
The Californian enjoyed a solid season with the team in 2016, finishing 11th in the championship as a rookie. Alberico spent his learning year to his advantage and will be looking to build on his experience in the car.
“I'm excited to be back with Carlin for my second year in Indy Lights,” Alberico said. “The entire team has invested a lot of time and energy into my career, and I couldn’t be happier to continue our relationship together in 2017.
“Of course, a big thanks goes to Art Wilmes and Rising Star Racing for sticking with me for all these years. Without RSR’s continued support, I would never have the opportunity to compete at the level I am today. Now we aim to go and fight for some wins.”
Alberico has progressed up the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires ladder, moving from the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda to the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires before reaching Indy Lights.
Alberico, 24, finished as runner-up in both USF2000 and Pro Mazda over the course of his early career.
“We are delighted to welcome Neil back to the team for his second season racing in Indy Lights,” said team racing director Trevor Carlin. “He was a great addition to the team last year and really works hard with the team and fits in with our ethos. We know him well, so this season the aim is to build successfully on everything that we’ve worked on together and be up there fighting for those great results. We look forward to the first race next month.”
Alberico joins previously confirmed Indy Lights drivers Garth Rickards, Matheus Leist and Zach Claman DeMelo in Carlin’s four-car lineup. All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy developmental series open their 2017 seasons with doubleheader race weekends at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that kicks off the Verizon IndyCar Series campaign March 10-12.