Force Indy which launched last year announced on Thursday that Ernie Francis will compete in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires driving their No.99 car.
Speaking at the Indianapolis Motor Speedeay, Francis said:
This is an incredible opportunity. “After getting a taste last year and beginning to learn what open-wheel racing is all about, I found myself wanting more. Open-wheel cars are incredible to drive. To know that I’ll continue my education with Force Indy and only one step away from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES makes this unbelievably special. I cannot wait to get started
Rod Reid, the founder of Force Indy said:
Being able to finish our first season with a win showed what this team is capable of doing. “We want to thank Myles, who will always be a member of the Force Indy race team, and will continue to offer assistance and mentorship as he pursues another season in USF2000.
“I could not be more thrilled to promote our group to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship with Ernie Francis Jr. His work ethic and history of success speak for itself.”
Team Penske will continue to provide mentorships to Force Indy and speaking about today’s announcement, Team Penske owner Roger Penske said:
I was pleased to learn that Ernie would be driving for Force Indy in 2022. “As someone who has a history in Trans Am, I know the type of skillset that comes from that series. Ernie will be a wonderful addition to Indy Lights.
“It was inspiring to see the growth of Force Indy during their first season, and we will continue to support their progress and mission as the team continues on a path to compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Rod Reid concluded saying:
We remain very fortunate to have Team Penske offer its guidance and mentorship. “I have been in and around the sport for 40 years. Force Indy remains a labor of love, and our goals are unchanged: focusing on diversity with an eye toward competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and, in honor of Rajo Jack, the Indianapolis 500