Edmonton native and Skip Barber stand-out, Stefan Rzadzinski (aka “Razzle Dazzle”), gets his opportunity to race in front of his hometown crowd next weekend Edmonton’s City Centre Airport with Davey Hamilton Racing in their #32 Firestone Indy Lights car. Stefan was awarded a full scholarship in the Skip Barber Summer Series based on his performance at the Skip Barber Karting Shootout last Fall and currently sits in third place in the championship at the halfway point in the season, but he’s putting that aside for now, skipping the next Skip Barber event at Road America, to pursue his plan on becoming a full-time Indy Lights driver on his way to the IZOD IndyCar Series.
“What an incredible past few days it has been. Davey Hamilton Racing was great in getting me up to speed and I really learned a lot about the differences in driving style between the very quick Indy Lights car compared to my previous experience in much smaller and slower Skip Barber and Formula Ford cars. I’m so happy to be a part of my hometown event. The Edmonton Indy will be an incredible 3-day spectacle, and one I’ve always dreamed of participating in. Octane is doing a wonderful job in revamping this event, making it without a doubt the most exciting in Western Canada. I invite all Edmontonians to come out, enjoy, and check out the IndyCar race and both Indy Lights races. I can’t put into words what it means to be in front of my home crowd to kick off my Indy Lights career. I’m working hard to do them proud and give them a “hometown” driver to cheer for, let’s go Edmonton!” — Stefan Rzadzinski, #32 Davey Hamilton Racing
Stefan was earned this opportunity after testing with the team and evaluation from INDYCAR earlier in the week at Putnam Park in Mount Meridian, IN, just west of Indianapolis, and with strong support from the Edmonton Indy, Octane Motorsports Events.
“We are extremely proud of Stefan and very happy to have him now officially on track at our event next week. When Octane Motorsports Events agreed to take over the promotion of the Edmonton Indy, we made it clear that we wanted to be engaged in the community and of course, on the local racing scene encouraging local talent. When the opportunity was offered to us to sponsor this fantastic young man mentored by Paul Tracy, we immediately agreed to help him secure a ride.” — François Dumontier, President of Octane Motorsports Events
Its a great to see the growing influx of new drivers into INDYCAR, and we certainly wish “Razzle Dazzle” the best of luck. You can follow Stefan on twitter at @rzadracing or check out the latest news on his website http://www.rzadracing.com/.