Dempsey Set for New Oval Challenge at Fontana’s Two-Mile Superspeedway

By on September 12, 2012

Fontana, Calif. (September 12, 2012) – Peter Dempsey is set to take on the challenge of a new course at this weekend’s final event of the season on the two-mile oval of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Dempsey missed the opportunity to test on the oval when the majority of the Firestone Indy Lights teams did after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April, so this will be his first experience on the superspeedway.  This will also be only the second oval track he has ventured onto in 2012 (with the other being, of course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and the only all left-turns course he will face this year as a pilot of the No. 9 TruFuel / Belardi Auto Racing / Motorsport Ireland car.

“I am really looking forward to racing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana,” said Dempsey.  “It is unbelievable how fast this season has gone by, especially for me as I was a late starter.  I missed the test in Fontana back in April, but fortunately, the No. 9 TruFuel / Belardi Auto Racing team didn’t, so we will have a good base car.

“My oval experience is pretty limited, but I am ready for the challenge of this weekend.  I have done some research and watched some past Firestone Indy Lights races from Fontana, so I have a good idea of what I need to do for the race.  I am looking forward to working with my teammates Jorge (Goncalvez) and Mike (Larrison) this weekend, too.  I think it is very important to have a good relationship with your teammates, especially on ovals because you need to partner up sometimes.

“I am going to be racing for my team and sponsors this weekend, TruFuel, Belardi Auto Racing, Liberty Engineering, Motorsport Ireland and MoeryLAI, as without them, this year would never have come together for me.”

Pending a solid result in Fontana, Dempsey has the chance to finish 11th in the driver’s championship out of 28 competitors that have participated in the series throughout the year, despite only engaging in a partial season.

The Irishman’s best finish of the 2012 season thus far was fourth at the Honda Indy Toronto with his standout moment being his charge from fifth to first on the opening lap of the Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres.

The weekend action begins with a 45-minute practice session on Friday, September 14 at 9:45 a.m. PST followed by qualifying at 1:00 p.m. PST and a final practice session at 4:45 p.m. PST.  The race will take place at 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, September 15.  Live Timing and Scoring will be available on and the race will be broadcast on NBC Sports on Thursday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. EST.  To follow Peter’s progress, please go to and

Tune in for these live radio interviews…
The Scott Cox Show – Wednesday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. EST
San Diego Motorsports – Thursday, September 13 at 4:45 p.m. EST
About Peter Dempsey: Peter Dempsey is a racecar driver from Ashbourne, Ireland best known for winning the most races (9) in the history of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and for being one of only two drivers to win the Walter Hayes Trophy three times.  Peter is currently the only Irish-born driver to be competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series ladder.  After a successful motorsports debut in Europe with his father’s racing team Cliff Dempsey Racing, Peter moved his career to the U.S.A. in 2008 where he has been climbing the Mazda Road to Indy ladder ever since.  Peter is currently racing in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, the third step in the Mazda Road to Indy development program, and is just one step below his ultimate goal, the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indy 500.  For more information, please go

About TruFuel: Founded in 2006, TruSouth Oil, LLC is an industry leader in the blending and packaging of automotive and industrial lubricants as well as a host of innovative specialty products. TruSouth’s leadership team has long standing industry experience and has recently added significant engineering, product development and marketing expertise to their core capabilities. TruSouth manufactures a comprehensive set of automotive and industrial lubricants; their mission is to deliver high quality coupled with consumer insight driven innovation for their customers throughout North America. TruSouth’s latest award-winning success, TruFuel® pre-mixed fuel for 2-cycle engines, is now available at outdoor power equipment distributors and dealers nationally, as well as leading retailers such as Wal*Mart, The Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, Ace, O’Reilly Auto Parts and True Value Hardware.  For more information, please go to

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