Above: Zachary Claman De Melo practicing for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500
Zachary Claman De Melo has signe3d with Belardi Racing for the 2019 Indy lights season. DeMelo drove in Indy Lights in 2017 and also had one Indycar race that year at Sonoma. In 2018 he drove nine Indycar races for Dale Coyne. He had several more races than anticipated as he substituted for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi. De Melo’s best finish was 12th at the Indycar Grand Prix on the IMS road course.
Zach Veach returned to Indy Lights in 2017 in hopes of garnering enough attention to land a full time Indycar ride. His efforts paid off with a three year deal with Andretti Autosport. De Melo has potential. For the Indianapolis 500 he qualified 13th and finished 19th.
More Lights drivers need to consider a return to the series to at least gain some more open wheel experience to prepare for Indycar.