Canadian Daniel Morad will join Team Moore Racing for the Edmonton Twin 100s at Edmonton City Centre Airport. The 21-year-old native of Ontario will drive the No. 22 TMR/Xtreme Coil Drill car in his debut races in the Firestone Indy Lights in place of Victor Garcia, who has returned to Spain and will not compete again this season with TMR, the team says.
"The decision for Victor not to continue with TMR was extremely painful for all us," said team co-owner Mark Moore. "It's hard to believe our race winner from Barber and championship contender cannot continue. We are all very fond of Victor and he has been huge part of our program. The economy in Spain has made it impossible and we are all very sorry that this has happened now."
Morad, is a GP3 Series race winner who has been competing in the same series this season (ABOVE), was World Champion in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final in 2010. He raced for A1GP Team Lebanon in 2008/09 and won the Formula BMW USA championship in 2007.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Daniel's caliber available to fill the seat and we will move forward," Moore said. "We had a lot of success last year with another Canadian, James Hinchcliffe, who won the Edmonton race for TMR. The fact that Daniel is Canadian, it is a Canadian race, and Xtreme Coil Drilling Corp. is Canadian-based, it is a perfect fit for the team."
Morad is one of four newcomers who will debut at Edmonton this weekend, joining Canadians Tyler Dueck and Stefan Rzadzinski and Britain's Oliver Webb. Morad said he is looking forward to competing with Team Moore Racing at Edmonton and getting back behind the wheel.
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to make my Indy Lights debut in Canada in front of my fellow Canadians," Morad said. "I'd like to thank TMR and Xtreme Coil for providing me with this opportunity in such short notice. I'd also like to thank Andy DeFrancesco, founder of Delavaco Capital Corp., as well as Sofina Foods Driver Development Program for their continuous support throughout my career."