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Aaron Telitz

#4 Belardi Auto Racing

 

Birthdate: December 13, 1991
Hometown: Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Residence: Birchwood, Wisconsin
Website: AaronTelitz.com
Facebook: Aaron Telitz
YouTube: Aaron Telitz
Team Website: BelardiAutoRacing.com

 

Sponsors:

 

Rice Lake Weighing Systems

Nationality:  American

Languages spoken:  English

Height/weight:  5’7" / 140 lbs.

Education:  Senior at the University Wisconsin Eau Claire, majoring in geography information sciences

Current sports played: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, golf

Hobbies: Racing, golf, snowboarding, wakeboarding, Star Wars

Snapshot: I'm just a small town kid who took a shot on my dream job and so far have gotten very lucky.

My fitness routine includes:  I try to run a few times a week and mix in some weight training on days when I don't run.

Pre-race rituals or superstitions:  I try to get as calm as possible sitting in the car before a race.

The one talent I wish I had:  I wish I had Jedi powers.

An interesting note about me: I grew up on a fishing resort in northern Wisconsin and my first job at eight years old (I still do this while I’m home) was cleaning fish for resort guests. I can filet a bluegill in 25 seconds.

Racing goal:  My main two racing goals are to win the Indianapolis 500 and be a champion of the NTT IndyCar Series.

Racing hero: James Hunt

Career results: 

2018

  • Finished sixth in a sophomore Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season that saw him take the pole position for the season opener at St. Pete but miss the race due to a crash
  • Earned five podium finishes and two Tilton Hard Charger awards (Barber Race 2, Toronto Race 2)

2017

  • Finished sixth in his rookie Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season, with bookend victories (at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., and in the finale at Watkins Glen), one pole position and a total of four podium finishes
  • Claimed three Tilton Hard Charger Awards (St. Petersburg Race 2, Toronto Race 1 and Mid-Ohio Race 2)
  • Earned a coveted Road to Indy ring after competing on all three levels of the ladder

2016

  • Won the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with six victories, 10 pole positions and 13 total podium finishes in 16 races
  • Named BBS Rookie of the Year
  • Claimed the second consecutive Indy Pro 2000 title for Team Pelfrey
  • Earned a Mazda scholarship and prize package worth $601,700 toward his 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign

2015

  • Finished third in a hard-fought Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship title chase with a victory, five second-place finishes and five third-places
  • Earned 11 podium finishes in 16 races
  • Claimed the ReplayXD Move of the Race at Barber Motorsports Park

2014

  • Finished fourth and earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with six podium finishes, 11 top-10 finishes and a victory in the “Night Before the ‘500” at Lucas Oil Raceway
  • Earned the USF2000 “Spirit Award” presented to a driver or team who embodies the heart of a champion as they strive to reach their goals
  • Won a Team USA Scholarship to race in England, taking three pole positions and winning a heat and a semi-final race in the British Formula Ford Festival.

2013

  • Posted fastest time at the Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy test -- his first official outing in a USF2000 car
  • Won the Skip Barber Championship Shootout and the $200,000 MAZDASPEED scholarship to compete in the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
  • Selected as a finalist for the Team USA Scholarship
  • Placed third in the F1600 Championship Series
  • Finished second in the Skip Barber Racing Winter Series

2012

  • Finished fifth at the Skip Barber Championship Shootout
  • Set fastest lap of  the night at Malibu Grand Prix, May 3
  • Competed in 12 Skip Barber Racing Summer Series races, claiming five wins and four additional podium finishes

2011

  • Placed fourth in the Skip Barber Racing Karting Scholarship Shootout
  • Competed in karting on the SKUSA Pro Tour