"Belardi Auto Racing team driver posts impressive times at Mid-Ohio test"

May 4, 2012 - After starting the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series with three podium finishes, Las Vegas, Nevada resident Roman Lagudi continued to excel as series competitors took on two testing days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Gearing up for Rounds 6 and 7, set for August 4-5 at the Lexington, Ohio circuit, as well as two other road course stops in 2012 at Road America and Virginia International Raceway, Lagudi logged 15 hours of track time with his Belardi Auto Racing team, and posted times at the top of the time sheets during the two day test.

Taking on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course Wednesday, Lagudi unofficially led the way for the Championship drivers in the morning session, and then posted P2 in the afternoon session. Thursday saw the Sydney, Australia native in fourth, not far off the pace of the three lead cars.

"I had a few great testing sessions today and I was excited to be running P1 in the first session," explained Lagudi. "There is still a long way to go and there is very tough competition out there, but needless to say, it was great to be leading the pack."

Also, taking in Month of May activities leading up to the next stop of the 11 race USF2000 series, Lagudi traveled directly from Mid-Ohio to Indianapolis to take part in the Mazda Road to Indy Oval Clinic today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Taking in oval racing knowledge from a panel of experts, Lagudi will then head over to Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday for five hours of testing in preparation for the "Night Before the 500" event on May 26.

The 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda series will see 11 stops at some of the most prestigious tracks North America has to offer. Running weekends with the IZOD IndyCar series, the American LeMans series and the United States Auto Club, Lagudi is set to contest for the overall series title with championship-caliber team Belardi Auto Racing. The Las Vegas, Nevada resident is working towards a dream career in motorsports and is proud to represent drivers taking the first step in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder development program.

Roman Lagudi is proudly sponsored by High Performance Distributors and Champion Stone Tool and Supply. For more information on Roman Lagudi, please visit or email Paul Lagudi at

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2012 Schedule:

Sebring International Raceway, Florida
March 14-16, 2012
(With American Le Mans)
Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida
March 23-25, 2012
(With IZOD IndyCar Series)
Lucas Oil Raceway, Indiana
May 26, 2012
(Night Before the 500 with USAC)
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
August 3-5, 2012
(With IZOD IndyCar Series and ALMS)
Road America, Wisconsin
August 17-19, 2012
(With American Le Mans)
Streets of Baltimore, Maryland
September 1-2, 2012
(With IZOD IndyCar Series and ALMS)
Virginia International Raceway
September 14-15, 2012
(With American Le Mans)