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Malukas Remains with HMD Motorsports in Indy Lights

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

No changes will be made at HMD Motorsports’ Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires program as far as one driver’s concern.

The team announced Wednesday that 18-year-old David Malukas will stay for a sophomore campaign after scoring two podiums at Circuit of the Americas and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last season.

With the team moving to Indianapolis and also expanding to a three-car team, HMD Motorsports Team Manager John Cummiskey said Malukas’ potential will continue to flourish that’ll certainly benefit the team’s morale.

“We are very happy to have David back in 2020,” Cummiskey said. “2019 was a great learning year for David, and he was able to gather podium results in Austin as well as on the oval in St. Louis. Returning for 2020 with renewed focus, energy and experience by his side, David will be a contender for the series title as we head towards Laguna Seca next September.”

Not winning in Indy Lights compared to teammate Toby Sowery at the second Portland race motivates Malukas. However, he understands that each time he’s in a car is an undertaking task.

“To say I was happy with my 2019 season would be a lie,” Malukas said. “I want to win, but also know that I was against a steep learning curve. I took each and every session, each and every lap and the highs and the lows of the season all in stride and gained experience along the way. The team made some big administrative changes behind the scenes and at least one of the HMD drivers were on the podium in the final five event weekends of the season so I am confident that 2020 will bring success.”

Malukas will participate in the final Indy Lights test sessions of the year at Sebring International Raceway December 11-12.

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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.