Veronica Knowlton
Mike Larrison Joins Belardi Auto Racing
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - May 4, 2012 - Belardi Auto Racing have signed Mike Larrison to join their Firestone Indy Lights program to contest all ovals on the 2012 schedule, as well as the street course in Baltimore.


Larrison tested at Iowa Speedway on May 3, 2012.
Competing in racing since the age of four, 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, 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 Avon, IN native passed his rookie test at Iowa Speedway yesterday, 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 No. 19 TruFuel/Royal Oak Charcoal car.  You can catch the race live on NBC Sports Network with coverage beginning at 12pm ET.

"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 [Indianapolis Motor] Speedway."

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity I've been offered by Belardi Auto Racing to drive the No. 19 TruFuel/Royal Oak Charcoal Firestone Indy Lights car in the 2012 racing season.  I can't thank all of my sponsors TruFuel, Calumet Specialty Lubricants, Royal Oak Charcoal and Turtle Wax enough for all the doors they have opened for me the past few years. 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.  My father grew up just off 16th Street right outside the Speedway, and I grew up only 15 miles away in Avon, Ind."

About TruFuel
An award-winning pre-mixed fuel for 2-cycle engines, TruFuel is available nationally from many distributors and dealers like Wal*Mart and O'Reilly Auto Parts.  The product is produced by TruSouth, a leading company in the blending and packaging of industrial and automotive lubricants, and is based in Shreveport, Louisiana.

About Royal Oak Charcoal
"An American Barbeque Tradition," Royal Oak Charcoal produces mesquite charcoal, instant lighting charcoal and 100% hardwood charcoal briquets.  The company has been around for over 75 years and is based in Roswell, Georgia.

About Belardi Auto Racing

Belardi Auto Racing is a USF2000 and Indy Lights team based in Brownsburg, Indiana. The 2011 season saw two race wins, 10 podiums, 17 top-five finishes and 36 top-tens. Follow the team on Twitter, Facebook  or their official website,


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