Belardi and Chaves Primed for Championship Fight
 August 15, 2014| 
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Point leader focused on race win on Milwaukee Mile to extend advantage

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Over the next 10 days, Belardi Auto Racing’s Gabby Chaves will be looking to wrap up the best season of his young motorsports career. The Colombian-American driver currently leads the championship standings in the Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires program with just three races remaining and the charge will begin this weekend at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. The focus for Belardi Auto Racing heading into the late stages of the 2014 campaign will be on maintaining the stellar momentum and pace that has guided Chaves to two wins, two second-place finishes, and a third-place result in the last four weekends of racing. Chaves has won both of the previous two oval races of the season and will look to complete the sweep in Sunday’s 100-lapper in his familiar red #5 Belardi entry.

“I’m thrilled with what our team, and Gabby, have been able to accomplish all year, and especially over the last two and a half months,” offered Brian Belardi, team principal, who also fields a squad in the USF2000 Championship. “This has been our best year since joining the Indy Lights program and we’re going to do our best to give Gabby the car he needs to come away with the championship.”

The 19-year-old Chaves has been on a tear throughout 2014. Through the 11 rounds of the series completed so far this year, Chaves has racked up an impressive four victories, as well as four additional trips to the podium. With the exception of a mechanical DNF at Round 5, Chaves has finished no worse than eighth all year. Chaves and his Belardi team have showcased great talent and teamwork through the year, finding speed wherever they go; be it the narrow street course of Long Beach, the flowing purpose-built facility at Barber, the high speeds on Indianapolis, or the massive and sweeping triangle at Pocono, Chaves has won at each type of track.

Chaves competed in last year’s Indy Lights evens at the Milwaukee Mile as a rookie for another team, with which he finished the 100-lap race in fourth place. The plan for Chaves and the Belardi Auto Racing team is to not only maintain momentum through the final three rounds of the season, but to secure as many wins and podiums to end what has been a terrific season for the duo.  A victory this weekend in Milwaukee would put him in the ideal position heading to Sonoma Raceway next weekend.

Chaves’ teammate Alex Baron will not be in action this weekend, although Belardi has been able to secure funding for the young French phenom for a full Indy Lights campaign in 2015. More information on this exciting development will be announced at a later date.

Following a Friday multi-session test day, the Indy Lights field will take to the track for a 45-minute practice at 10:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 16. A second practice is set for 1:30 p.m. CT, while qualifying will run from 5:05-9:45 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The green flag for the Milwaukee Mile 100 will fly at 1:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 17.

About Belardi Auto Racing:
Belardi Auto Racing is an organization comprised of experienced individuals in the racing industry with an aggressive growth strategy and a strong commitment to finishing up front. No stranger to winning, team members having been achieving success in both the amateur and pro ranks for over a decade, winning numerous junior formula car races and championships. Based in Brownsburg, Ind., Belardi Auto Racing contests multi-car efforts in both the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series. Goal-oriented and focused on developing the next stars of motorsports, Belardi Auto Racing won in both the Indy Lights and USF2000 Championships in 2013.
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