Belardi Auto Racing has signed motorcycle and sprint car racing veteran Mike Larrison to join its Firestone Indy Lights program to contest all ovals on the 2012 schedule, as well as the street course in Baltimore.
Larrison has competed in motocross, karting, USAC and Must See Racing's Xtreme Sprint Series. He is also a part of the Davey Hamilton Racing family, driving for the IndyCar veteran's sprint car team. Larrison holds multiple American Motocross Association championships, accumulated five Midwest karting championships in six years, won two Indy Karting Series championships with 14 race wins. He also holds a USAC regional rookie of the year title and has the world record for fastest car on a quarter-mile paved oval from his drive at Slinger Speedway in 2010.
In 2011, Larrison finished 11th in the Xtreme Sprint Series and was later sidelined with back and foot injuries after a crash at Kentucky Speedway while testing with Andretti Autosport; Larrison's left heel fracture required surgery late last year and has now fully recovered.
The Indiana native passed his rookie test at Iowa Speedway on Thursday, and is scheduled to make his Firestone Indy Lights debut with Belardi Auto Racing on May 25 during the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He will join teammates Jorge Goncalvez and Alon Day and will drive the team's No. 19 TruFuel/Royal Oak Charcoal car.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Freedom 100 on May 25. This has always been a dream of my father and I, for me to be able to race there," said Larrison. "My father grew up just off 16th Street right outside the Speedway, and I grew up only 15 miles away in Avon, Ind."
Team owner Brian Belardi added, "We are all so thrilled to have Mike on board. He is a true veteran of motorsport, dedicating his whole life to racing in any possibility that comes his way. We could not be happier to have him choose Belardi Auto Racing as the team with which to continue his career, and we are happy we able to help him live his dream driving at the Speedway."