Younessi Racing has signed Ireland-native Peter Dempsey to drive for the team beginning with the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this month. Dempsey will drive the team's lone entry at that race, but will be joined by owner-driver Rodin Younessi in a two-car effort at Detroit's Belle Isle event on June 2.
Younessi has also hired veteran engineer Dave McMillan to reunite with Dempsey, the pair having worked together in Indy Lights at O2 Racing Technology in four events last year. Dempsey also raced with Andretti Autosport at five events. He earned four podium finishes with a best of second place at Toronto for Michael Andretti's team.
Dempsey, 26, is best known in U.S. racing for winning the most races (nine) in the history of the Star Mazda Championship.
“I couldn't be happier about returning for the Freedom 100 at IMS,” Dempsey said. “Having Dave McMillan back working with me is a huge advantage as we have established a great working relationship and friendship since we met last season. We have brought in top crew to work with the team and our aim is to enjoy competing for the remainder of the year and hopefully the success will follow. There is one man who has given this opportunity to all of us and that is team owner Rodin Younessi. Our aim together is to be the best we can be and I could never thank him enough for giving me this special and unique opportunity.”
“I am very excited to have Peter and Dave on board as we expand our involvement in the Firestone Indy Lights series,” Younessi said. "We are committed to improving our team and we are 100% focused on winning the Freedom 100 with Peter. We are a small but unique team in this series. As an owner/driver, I race because I have a strong passion for competition. Our whole team has a love for racing and we are very excited and optimistic about our chances for success.”
Dempsey and Younessi Racing will participate in the Firestone Indy Lights Open Test on May 11 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.