Belardi Auto Racing
is an organization comprised of experienced individuals in the racing industry with an aggressive growth strategy and a strong commitment to finishing up front. No stranger to winning, team members having been achieving success in both the amateur and pro ranks for over a decade, winning numerous junior formula car races and championships. Based in Brownsburg, Indiana, Belardi Auto Racing is focused solely on the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series for 2015 and is the defending series champion.
Previously a defensive back for the University of Colorado, Team Owner Brian Belardi was forced to retire from his hopeful football career after sustaining injuries. Upon graduating from UC Boulder, Brian went on to become a successful business owner with Orion Development Group and Liberty Engineering. Belardi has always had a passion for motorsports and is now continuing his successful business career with his most recent venture, Belardi Auto Racing. Backed with Brian's winning mindset, Belardi Auto Racing has had a very successful run since joining the series in 2011.
To help with the growing team, John Brunner stepped in to aid Belardi as Belardi Auto Racing's team manager. Brunner has been involved in motorsports for over 25 years with experience from the SCCA, Atlantic Championship, Champ Car And the INDYCAR series. Throughout his career John has worked with seasoned drivers Alex Tagliani, Paul Tracy, NASCAR's AJ Allmendinger, Patrick Carpentier and IZOD IndyCar series 2012 Rookie of the Year, James Hinchcliffe, among many others. John brings much experience to the team with his many management positions over the years, including Forsythe Racing, Vice President of Operations for the Atlantic series in 2009 and assisting Conquest Racing throughout their Indianapolis 500 run in 2010.
State-of-the-art single-seat, open-wheel, Indy car-style chassis manufactured by Dallara Automobili, complete with paddle shifters, push-to-pass and safety components meeting INDYCAR and FIA standards. 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R developed in conjunction with Advanced Engine Research (AER) producing 450 HP with 50 HP push-to-pass for high speed overtaking and capable of running an entire season without a rebuild. Cooper Tires.