Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Jackson leaves Indy Lights team

Ali Jackson walked away from a huge accident at Kansas Speedway last week and now he has walked way from his Indy Lights team too.

The 20-year-old from Ballyclare has quit Guthrie-Meyer Racing and yesterday he started testing at Indianapolis Speedway for his new team, the Indy Lights championship-leading RLR/Andersen Racing.

"We tested Ali at Sebring in the off-season and found him to be very talented and fast, and we're pleased to be able to add him to our line-up,” said co-owner Dan Andersen.

Jackson will now race alongside points leader Jonathan Summerton and Mario Romancini starting with the Freedom 100, main supporting event alongside the Indianapolis 500 later this month.

He has had a difficult start to his American career with the Guthrie-Meyer team, a sixth place finish at Long Beach being his best result.

In his first race on an oval circuit in Kansas just over a week ago, Jackson was lucky to escape a 190mph crash when his Dallara was tagged by another car which was spinning out of control.

He moves teams just as Guthrie-Meyer Racing have been heavily penalised for incidents in Kansas. Jackson’s former team-mate Sean Guthrie and his father, Jim Guthrie, have both been suspended indefinitely for safety infringements.

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