Micklewright joins AFS Racing

By indycar.com staff

Veteran motorsports executive Neil Micklewright has joined Firestone Indy Lights championship-winning entrant AFS Racing as General Manager/Vice President of Operations.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity by Mr . Peterson,” said Micklewright. “The history of AFS Racing as both a perennial Championship contender and also developer of star drivers is hard to beat. I relish the chance to be involved with a first-rate Firestone Indy Lights Team and look forward to contributing to many more years of success.”

Micklewright comes to AFS after serving as General Manager/Vice President of Operations for Forsythe Racing from 1994 through 2009. Prior to that, he was Team Manager for Douglas Shierson Racing where he participated in his first Indy 500 win with world renowned race driver Arie Luyendyk. He also spent 11 years in Formula 1 prior to moving to the States. AFS Racing will run its operation out of Forsythe Racing’s Indianapolis, Indiana facility.

“I’m very pleased to have Neil join AFS Racing. His tasks will include securing sponsorship and handling race operations,” said team owner Gary Peterson. “The chance to work side-by-side with Neil in Forsythe Racing’s Indianapolis facility is a dream come true for me. I trust Neil and his experience in running one of the premier teams in the history of open wheel to help AFS make the transition into fulltime IndyCar racing as soon as possible.”

Le Gallic joins Jensen MotorSport

Mike Le Gallic has re-joined Jensen MotorSport as Chief Mechanic for the team’s Firestone Indy Lights program.

Le Gallic, 30, was Chief Mechanic for Jensen MotorSport during the 2005-2007 seasons working with drivers including Tim Bridgman and Frankie Muniz in ChampCar Atlantic “It is a terrific boost to our team’s prospects for the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights Championship to have Mike re-join as a senior member of our team,” team owner Eric Jensen said. “Mike is meticulous with his car preparation, so our drivers David Ostella and Juan Pablo Garcia should have race cars that are extremely reliable all season.”

Prior to joining Jensen MotorSport in the 2005 season, Le Gallic had an successful career in Formula 1 working as a mechanic for the BAR Honda team and doing pit stops on the cars of F1 World Champions Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button. . A native of Montreal Canada, Le Gallic most recently was with Richard Petty Motorsports working as a mechanic on the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars of A.J. Allmendinger and Kasey Kahne.

“I am very happy to be back with the Jensen MotorSport team for 2011 and beyond. There is a terrific core group of talented guys in the team, and I am sure that together we will immediately be one of the top teams in the Indy Lights series.”

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