INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 10, 2012)—Coming off a season finale as exciting and successful as the Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100, David Ostella is carrying a lot of momentum into the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test this week on the road course at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ostella’s performance in the final two races of the 2013 season have turned several heads toward the young Italian-Canadian’s career potential.
The 21-year-old’s fourth-place finish at the Grand Prix of Baltimore and a career-best second place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana have energized Ostella’s efforts toward the 2013 season.
“I hope to find a team that is organized, well-prepared and has the crew that will do whatever it takes to get the job done,” said Ostella. “To me, that is a winning team. I want them to have as much, if not more, passion as I do when it comes to a race weekend. That’s the team I’m looking for in 2013.”
This week, Ostella is testing with Fan Force United. Owned by former IndyCar driver Tyce Carlson, along with Chris Williams and Scott Williamson, the team is dedicated to giving their fans more value, excitement and attention than most racing organizations.
This unique angle, combined with the recent addition of noted racing engineer Mike Colliver attracted Ostella to the testing opportunity. Colliver most recently engineered Ostella’s 2012 teammate, Gustavo Yacaman, to a third-place finish in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship.
“I’m just really excited to get back in the car,” said Ostella. “Its crucial to test in the off-season to stay sharp and keep improving on your race craft. I also am looking forward to seeing how Fan Force United works as a team. Also working with Mike (Colliver) as I think he is among the top engineers in the series.”
Fan Force United is coming off the 2012 season with a sixth-place finish by Stefan Wilson at the Auto Club Speedway.
The test is named in honor of Chris Griffis, who served as team manager for Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indy Lights program and led the team to 46 Firestone Indy Lights race wins and four series titles before his passing in 2011, and will conclude Thursday afternoon, October 11.