INDIANAPOLIS – Third generation driver Davey Hamilton Jr. will make his Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires debut with McCormack Racing on Sept. 10-11 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Impact Racing, Piloti Shoes, Kingdom Racing, Dahl Tug and Barge and Cocomo Natural will support Hamilton and the team at Laguna Seca.
The 18 year-old King of the Wing Western Sprint Car Series champion has been working on gaining a position on the series grid since last fall, including extensive road course testing at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Bakersfield, Calif.
The Boise, Idaho, born driver is following in his father’s footsteps as the latest American racer to try and translate asphalt open-wheel and sprint car success into an IndyCar career.
“I’m glad to have the opportunity to compete in the Indy Lights with Jack McCormack and to make my debut on the road course,” Hamilton said. “I’m looking forward to getting some laps under my belt to have a solid weekend.”
Hamilton’s 2015 season concluded with his fifth sprint car win of the year at Madera (Calif.) Speedway in November en route to the King of the Wing Western Sprint Car Series championship and third in the national championship. This year he has one feature win and leads the King of the Wing Sprint Car Series national standings by 24 points.
His father Davey Hamilton Sr. has competed in 11 Indianapolis 500s with a best finish of fourth. He also finished second in Verizon IndyCar Series points in back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998. He remarkably finished ninth in the 2007 edition of the 500 after a six year comeback from a devastating crash at Texas Motor Speedway. He tested for McCormack Racing and made a single appearance with them in the Indy Lights race at Phoenix in 1995.
Jack McCormack’s racing history goes back to 1966 in drag racing before a successful career in engineering and car ownership across IMSA, IndyCar, Indy Lights and USAC. McCormack has worked with a diverse range of top drivers such as Sam Posey, Skip Barber, Pancho Carer, Roger McCluskey, Jerry Sneva, Roger Mears, Tom Sneva, Geoff Brabham, and Dick Simon.
Hamilton Jr. has tested both the third and current IL-15 fourth generation Indy Lights car with more than 15 days in the seat. He will have three more days of testing over the next two weeks before the team will travel north to Monterey, Calif., for the race weekend at Laguna Seca.
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