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Road to Indy Grids Forming with Driver Announcements

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer

Road to Indy driver announcements have further clarified the grids for the 2019 racing season so let’s take a look at the new car/driver combinations across the championships.

For Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, two more drivers have been confirmed to go alongside Ryan Norman, Rinus VeeKay, Zachary Claman De Melo and David Malukas.

Robert Megennis signed with Andretti Autosport to pilot the No. 27 Dallara IL-15. Before Indy Lights, Megennis drove in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship for two years with Team Pelfrey, scoring one win in the season-opening race in 2017. For 2018, the New York City native moved to Juncos Racing in what is now called the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires. Megennis teamed up with Norman at Andretti Autosport but there are more cars in the pipeline for the defending series champions.

Also joining Indy Lights is Lucas Kohl. Kohl joins Belardi Auto Racing after racing the last three years in USF2000. Kohl got his start in 2016 with John Cummiskey Racing but has driven for Pabst Racing Services the last two seasons. The Brazilian finished third in last year’s USF2000 championship with four podium finishes. Kohl will be teaming with Claman De Melo and the Belardi squad are looking into running a third car.

In Indy Pro 2000, DEForce Racing confirmed a two car effort with Kory Enders and Moises de la Vara. Enders drove in USF2000 for the team the last two seasons and sampled an Indy Pro 2000 car last year for the team. De la Vara raced for DEForce in 2017 in USF2000 and did the last four Indy Pro 2000 races for DEForce last year. No other news has come out for Indy Pro 2000.

Moving down to USF2000, two more drivers were announced recently. Anthony Famularo joins BN Racing as the Venezuelan looks to make his mark in the American open wheel scene after racing in Italian F4 in 2018. Meanwhile, Cape Motorsports signed perhaps the youngest driver in the Road to Indy with Reece Gold joining the eight-time defending series champions. Gold won the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series Championship and with it a scholarship to help fund his drive. Gold is 14 years old and hails from Puerto Rico.

There are still more driver announcements to come from many more teams ahead of the Road to Indy pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March.

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A 2012 graduate of LSU, Christopher DeHarde primarily focuses on the NTT IndyCar Series and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.