DES MOINES, Iowa – Chad Boat will be forced to sit out his planned Indy Lights debut this weekend at Iowa Speedway after not being medically cleared to compete.
Boat was set to make his Indy Lights debut for Belardi Auto Racing, but was injured in a USAC National Midget Series race on July 2. Those injuries will force him to sit out Sunday’s race.
“To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I’m feeling right now, but I trust the doctors and medical staff at IndyCar and know they have my best interest in mind,” said Boat. “I’ll continue to follow the instructions I’m receiving for recovery and look forward to being back soon. Thanks to Pristine Auction and Belardi Auto Racing for the opportunity.”
Boat was evaluated at Iowa Speedway’s medical center on Friday morning where IndyCar’s medical staff made the official call to have Boat skip Sunday’s race.
“We’re all extremely disheartened that Chad won’t be able to run the No. 84 with us this weekend, but we remain excited and positive about the future based on his pace in last week’s test,” team owner Brian Belardi. “We’ll have him back with the team at Gateway in August and we’ll keep looking to the future.”
The 25-year-old will instead make his Indy Lights debut at Gateway Motorsports Park in the No. 84 Pristine Auction Dallara IL-15 on Aug. 26.
CREDIT: Belardi Auto Racing