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Citrone/Buhl Autosport Announce Intentions for the Month of May

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

There’s a new team that’ll summon the NTT IndyCar Series paddock during the Month of May.

That team will be Citrone/Buhl Autosport, who announced Friday that they’re planning of competing in both the GMR Grand Prix and attempt to make the 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge.

This sudden announcement came to be after two-time INDYCAR winner Robbie Buhl, along with his brother Tom, formed a partnership with both Robert and Nick Citrone after years of wanting to enter their own car on an INDYCAR grid.

Both families have visioned this dream since they first met in the 2000 Indianapolis 500 where Robbie finished 26th. Their vision started to come into fruition last summer when Robbie discussed with several teams and drivers about entering a car at Indianapolis.

In their press release, they mentioned their goals is to become the next competitive team and also build newer opportunities for years to come.

“The underlying goal of Citrone/Buhl Autosport is to be competitive while partnering with the right people to deliver results.

“The Citrones and Buhls see this as the start of a continued racing endeavor with aspiration of more entries at more races in the future.”

Prior to the announcement, Robbie and Tom have not only currently own both a racing marketing (Buhl Sport Detroit) and rallycross team (Racing4Detroit), they’ve also owned a driver training program called Teen Street Skills.

Meanwhile, the Citrone family have been heavily in Pittsburgh sports over the years. Robert is the founder of Discovery Capital Management and is the largest minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Robert’s son Nick Citrone is the Data Analytics Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Any additional information such as engine supplier, sponsors and driver for Indianapolis are unavailable at this time.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.