BALTIMORE, Thursday, August 30, 2012 –The name of the largest city in Maryland comes from an Irish word meaning “town of the big house.”
Though David Ostella isn’t Irish, his upbringing in a large Italian household in the Toronto suburb of Maple, Ont., has him justly prepared to compete this weekend in the town of the big house – Baltimore.
Ostella is taking another jab at the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Labor Day weekend, this time driving the Team Moore Racing No. 22 Global PreCast/LiUNA/Xtreme Coil Drilling car. The 20 year-old made an impressive first run on the street course in the inaugural Grand Prix of Baltimore’s Firestone Indy Lights race in 2011 until a mechanical failure prevented a promising race result.
After coming off a three-race tour of his home country, the lone Canadian in Indy Lights is prepared to race once again in the new and improved “big house.”
“They have improved the track, and I think it is going to be a great race,” said Ostella. “I know last year’s was exciting and it will be even better this year. They took out the chicane on the main straightaway and widened Turn 1, so it will make a great passing zone. This makes me more excited to get on track.”
In the second running of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, Firestone Indy Lights drivers will charge 35 laps on the 12-turn street circuit at 12:42 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 2. The track reaches from the historic Inner Harbor to Camden Yard outlining a majority of downtown Baltimore including Oriole Park.
Practice begins Friday at 12:10 p.m. ET with qualifying set at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. A Firestone Indy Lights autograph session will begin race morning at 9:30 a.m. in the IndyCar Fan Village.