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Loni Unser to race ChampCar at Indy with the Blue Shells

Loni Unser to race ChampCar at Indy with the Blue Shells

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (July 9, 2019) — Loni Unser will join the Blue Shells racing organization this weekend for the opening round of the 2019 ChampCar Endurance Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Formerly known as “ChumpCar,” the ChampCar Endurance Series provides a simple path to real road racing with affordable competition in minimally modified vehicles. It is now entering its 10th season with 29 events scheduled for the year.
 
“Every experience I get in a new car or series makes me a better driver,” said Unser. “The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a track that means so much to my family. I’ve practically grown up there and I’m really looking forward to driving the track again this weekend.”
 
Unser scored a win the last time she raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in 2017. She joined a Sportscar Vintage Racing Association event to share driving duties with Marcus Pillion in a 1960 TRITEC Porsche 356.
 
This weekend she will race the TireRack.com Grand Prix Double 10 Enduros in the No. 38 Ford Focus SVT campaigned by the Blue Shells organization. She will share driving duties with Bernie Myers, a builder-driver with 20 years of experience on Dale Coyne Racing’s IndyCar Team, longtime team member Dennis Neel, former Newman-Haas racing engineer Timothy Wise, and Logan Weigle.
 
Myers worked with Unser’s father Johnny Unser as a mechanic in the CART Series during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He said he’s excited to welcome the next generation to his team.
 
“’The Blue Shells are super excited to be able to race at Indy and of course to have Loni Unser on our team,” said Myers. “Loni’s experience at the Speedway will help us to achieve a great result.”
 
Now in its 10th year of racing together, the team is named for the spiny, blue shell power-up in the Mario Kart video game franchise. The Blue Shells will also field the No. 111 Ford Focus SVT this weekend, driven by Bob Humphrey, Phil Miller, Dennis Neel and Jeff Vanbendagom. The Blue Shells are supported by John Welch, race strategist and former IndyCar data engineer, as well as Randy Tippman.
 
This year’s stop on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a new addition to the ChampCar Endurance Series. The dual 10-hour races are among the longest held at the storied track. The TireRack.com Grand Prix Double 10 Enduros starts both Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. with live streams available on YouTube.com/ChampCarEnduranceSeries.
 
After this weekend’s schedule addition in ChampCar, she will return to the Rocky Mountain NASA Regional Spec Miata series to compete at High Plains Raceway July 20-21.
 
The 21-year-old Loni Unser is a relative newcomer to auto racing. She started her competition career in 2017 and has shown promise in NASA Rocky Mountain Spec Miata competition as well as the Global MX-5 Cup series in the United States.
 
Unser’s grandfather Jerry was the first of the famous Unsers to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and from then on the Unser family has won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 nine times and become known as “The First Family” of American auto racing.
 
She is currently a student of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder and maintains a strong GPA while balancing the demands of her motorsport schedule. Her racing career is made possible through partnerships with companies that are supporting her early development including Cooper Tire, TRITEC Seals, and AMSOIL.
 
The Blue Shells team is supported by Cooper Tire, Bernie’s Rods & Customs, SD Garage, and SD Wheel Corporation.