Esteban Guerrieri-TC

After finishing in second place in his first two seasons of Firestone Indy Lights, argentinian driver Esteban Guerrieri will return to his home. Guerrieri announced last week that he had signed a contract with Oil Competición to race the full season of  Turismo Carretera. Oil is the same team that hired José María “Pechito” López after he failed to secure a Formula 1 drive when the project USF1 folded.

The 27 year old driver ends an international career of 13 years. He left Argentina after winning the 2000 season of the Fórmula Renault championship and went to Europe, where he would get wins in Italia, also in Formula Renault. Then he would move over to World Series by Renault where he wasn’t able to get the championship even after beating drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. In 2011 he decided to move over the pond, back to America, but not to Argentina, to the United States where he signed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports to race the Lucas Oil entry in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. He failed to beat team-mates Josef Newgarden in 2011 and Tristan Vautier in 2012 for the title, so he couldn’t get the bugdet needed to make the desired jump to IndyCar. The only shot for him to go back to the States is to win in Turismo Carretera and reach awareness betweeen possible sponsors. That’s his plan, at least.

Esteban thanked his new sponsors in this change, that will see him for the first time racing cars with roof for a living. He only raced as a co-driver in some endurance argentinian TC2000 races last seasons: “I take with great pride to come back to race in my country with help of Oil Competición, one of the most important teams in Argentina. And do it in Turismo Carretera, too. I want to thank Oil Combustibles for taking the ride with me in my career”  he said.

Full report: Racing5.cl (Spanish)

January 1, 2013 Road To Indy, Turismo Carretera