St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 11, 2020) – Seasoned Road to Indy driver Lucas Kohl will compete with Turn 3 Motorsport at the Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Allied Building Products and Cooper Tires this weekend. The 21-year old Brazilian will drive the #3 ACR/Eastern/T3M car at the season opener in place of Antoine Comeau who is tied up with work conflicts during the event.
Kohl has several years of experience within the Road to Indy ladder, most recently contesting as a rookie in the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire championship with Belardi Auto Racing and earning a top ten finish in every race. Prior to that, Kohl served three seasons in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and finished third overall with Pabst Racing in 2018.
“I’m very happy to join the team, and I believe it’s a great opportunity for me to come back and fight for podiums and race wins again,” said Kohl. “The team showed it has the speed to be at the front, and I’m going to push as hard as I can and use my experience from previous years to fight for the top spot this weekend.”
Turn 3 Motorsport will go into the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg fresh off a successful test during Road to Indy Spring Training at Homestead-Miami Speedway this past weekend. The team ran two cars during the test, topping one of the final sessions with test driver Toby Sowery and giving T3M a boost of confidence going into the season opener.
“It’s great to have Lucas join us for this weekend,” said Team Owner Peter Dempsey. “The circumstances are unfortunate as I would rather have had Antoine in the #3 car and Lucas in the #30 car, but with Antoine’s work commitments, it’s just not possible for him race at this event.”
“Lucas has a lot of experience in the Road to Indy, and to be able to bring that to our team is very important,” continued Dempsey. “He also has the track knowledge having raced at St. Pete for a few years. I’m very excited to have him with us. Hopefully we can get up to speed quickly. Lucas hasn’t been in a car for a few months, but I’m confident he can do a great job for our team.”
Practice for the Indy Pro 2000 Championship begins this Thursday, March 12 followed by Qualifying 1 later that day. Race 1 and Qualifying 2 will take place on Friday, March 13 with Race 2 rounding out the weekend on Saturday, March 14.