Shane Hmiel Set To Make Firestone Indy Car Series Debut at Chicagoland
On Saturday August 28th, Shane Hmiel will make his Firestone Indy Light debut at Chicagoland Speedway.
Alliance Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Hmiel would drive for them later this month.
"I am super excited to race for the guys at Alliance Motorsports, and I can't wait to run a rear engine car in such a great series," Hmiel said in the press release. "I am surrounded by some great people at Alliance, and hopefully we can do well enough to excite our current sponsors, as well as attract future sponsors so that we can chase the championship next year."
“This is such a fantastic opportunity for us to be affiliated with someone as talented as Shane, and we look forward to building our relationship with him, along with the great people at Rotondo Weirich and Three Wide Life," team co-owner Jeff Matthews said.
"At a high level of success, Shane has proven to be an exciting and versatile driver, and for us to be able to be associated with him in this phase of his career progression is a privilege. We believe that he will adapt quickly and will be competing towards the front of the field."
The deal comes together with sponsorship baking, via the team’s longterm partnership with AgiGold. They also announced a new affiliation with Genuity™ SmartTrax™ Corn.
TV show Three Wide Life announced in their news release with regards to the announcement that they’d follow Hmiel for the weekend and include it in their fall season line-up. Three Wide Life, a show dedicated to showing all sides of the racing lifestyle, has featured Hmiel as part of their line-up for the past two seasons.
The show has focused on his climb through the ranks after being suspended from NASCAR and has allowed Hmiel to offer an inside point-of-view.
In 2005, Hmiel was suspended for the second time under the substance abuse policy. Since being suspended, Hmiel has straightened things out and has been competing in United States Auto Club (USAC) races.
In 2009, Hmiel scored his first USAC National Sprint Car Series win at Iowa Speedway and also collected USAC’s Most Improved Driver Award and the 2009 Rookie of the Year honor at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
So far this year, Hmiel has scored one MOPAR Midget National Series win (Hickory), two AMSOIL Sprint Car National wins (both at O’Reilly Raceway Park), and one Silver Crown Series win (Indiana State Fairgrounds).
Prior to being suspended from NASCAR, he has competed in twenty-nine Camping World Truck Series races, eighty-three Nationwide races and seven Sprint Cup races. The highlight of his NASCAR career was in the Camping World Truck Series where he scored his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fans can follow the Firestone Indy Racing Lights action live from Chicagoland Speedway on August 28th via IndyCar.com.
Fans can also stay on top of what Hmiel is up to by following him on twitter.
Photo Credit: Dave Merrit
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