I was really happy to see Peter Dempsey get another shot at driving in the Firestone Indy Lights Series this year. With the withdrawal and subsequent suspension of O2 Racing Technology, I was worried that might be it. And while I’d like to see the other folks who’ve been hurt by this back in gainful employment as well, it’s good to see Peter in for at least one race with Andretti Autosport.
(Speaking of AA, have you seen the Toronto Spotter’s Guide yet? Love the Twitter handle on Mike Conway’s car. But I digress…)
I had Peter pegged to win early on this year, though the results on the track haven’t quite followed along yet. Yes, he has two podiums, but this is a guy who totally dominated Formula Ford and had multiple wins in Star Mazda. He’s also already a well-regarded driving coach for younger racers. I really believe the young Irish driver has what it takes to compete and win in Lights.
There’s been a lot of drama in Lights this year, but I’m happy we’re getting at least one more shot to see some good talent get a chance.