Fontana, Calif. – Juan Pablo Garcia and Jeffrey Mark Motorsport (JMM) completed their first full Firestone Indy Lights season today with a 10th-place finish in the Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100.

Garcia started from 6th position, but developed an understeer condition in the No. 76 Freightliner Jeffrey Mark Motorsport car that prohibited him from advancing through the field.

“We made some changes last night to the rear of the car, but it gave me a lot of push on the exit of Turns 2 and 4,” Garcia said. “I was not able to keep pace with the leaders with the push.”

With this being only the fourth oval in his career, Garcia relied on the guidance of his spotter, Michael Crawford, after developing the push. Crawford and Garcia spent the entire 100 miles of the race working on finding a high racing line to assist the car’s understeer and conserve the tires.

“I gained a lot of valuable oval racing experience today that I’ll use in the future,” Garcia said. “Everything that I learned this year I was able to use in today’s race, but it’s clear that I’m still learning about ovals.”

Looking back on the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights season, Garcia is proud of the progress he was able to make under the guidance of JMM.

“JMM is a great team made up of great people,” he said. “The engineer, mechanics and the rest of the team work very, very hard to achieve strong results. I think for my first full year and the teams first year in the sport we did well.”

With all 12 races of the 2012 season in the record books and a ninth place overall finish, Garcia is already looking ahead to the 2013 season and his next chance to get on the track.

“We’ll start looking forward to 2013 immediately, using all of the experience we gained this year to make us better,” he said.

Carlos Munoz of Andretti Autosport won the Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100 by a margin of 0.6344 seconds over David Ostella of Team Moore Racing.

The third and fourth place finishers were the key players in the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights championship. Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammates Esteban Guerrieri and Tristan Vautier finished third and fourth respectively, which clinched the championship for Vautier.

Vautier had an 11-point lead over Guerrieri entering Saturday’s race, and Guerrieri’s third-place result only pulled him to within eight points of Vautier.

Victor Carbone of Sam Schmidt Motorsports rounded out the top-five of the Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100.


Fontana, Calif., Sept. 14, 2012 – Juan Pablo Garcia and Jeffrey Mark Motorsport (JMM) have found speed in the No. 76 Freightliner JMM car and will start seventh in Saturday’s Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100.Garcia turned in a two-lap average speed in qualifying of 187.280 mph.

“I’m really happy with the way my car handled on each of my qualifying laps,” Garcia said. “I think we were pretty fast with an average speed of 187.28 mph.”

According to Garcia, the team’s solid start to the race weekend is the best they have had all season.

“It’s just great to start a race weekend off in such a positive way,” he said. “I just hope it translates over to a great result to end our season!”

Garcia tested with JMM at Auto Club Speedway earlier in the season, which helped him immensely in practice and qualifications on Friday.

“We made so many improvements between testing in Fontana until now,” he said. “I’m also much more familiar with this track after testing, which helps a lot too.”

Sebastian Saavedra of Andretti Autosport won the pole for the Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100 with 2-lap qualifying average of 189.640 mph. He will be joined on the front row by his teammate Carlos Munoz.

Esteban Guerrieri, Jorge Goncalvez and Tristan Vautier will complete the top-five on the starting grid.

The field will take the green flag Saturday for its final race of the 2012 season at 3 p.m. PT. The race will be broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.


INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 11, 2012 – The 2012 Firestone Indy Lights season has been a journey full of excitement and new challenges for Juan Pablo Garcia and Jeffrey Mark Motorsport (JMM), and both are ready to finish strong at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Sept. 15.In its first Firestone Indy Lights season, JMM has scored eight top-ten finishes with Garcia. 2012 was Garcia’s first year competing full-time in Firestone Indy Lights racing.Garcia is looking forward to a return to oval racing at Auto Club Speedway after a stretch of four straight road and street circuits.

“Oval racing is always fun and different, especially since I’m pretty new to them,” Garcia said. “I tested in Fontana earlier this year though, so at least I already know the track well.”

Garcia believes driving on three other ovals this year (Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Iowa) will pay dividends when the team arrives in Fontana.

“I feel more confident in myself to be ready for big oval tracks now that the season is wrapping up,” he said. “The team has done a great job of prepping the car for ovals, and I would like to leave Fontana giving them the best result possible.”

Despite it being a brand new race team, JMM’s professionalism has been helpful to Garcia over the season.

“I’ve learned a ton this year from my engineer and team at each track, and I’m really happy with that,” he said.

The green flag will drop on the Firestone Indy Lights 100 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. PT. The race can be seen tape-delayed Thursday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. ET.

JMM Adds Euclid Chemical Company as Sponsor in Fontana

Euclid-Mexico has signed on as a primary sponsor for the No. 76 JMM car for the Firestone Indy Lights 100 at Auto Club Speedway.“We’re very excited to partner with Euclid-Mexico for our last race of the year,” said Jeffrey Mark, owner of JMM. “Euclid Chemical has a storied history of supplying specialty products and technical support for the concrete and masonry construction industry that goes back over 100 years. Partnering with such a well-respected corporation and leader in the concrete and masonry construction industry aligns with our race team’s goals and objectives to be a respected leader in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system.”About The Euclid Chemical Company:

For over a century, The Euclid Chemical Company has served the global building market as a worldwide quality supplier of specialty products and technical support services for the concrete and masonry construction industry.


BALTIMORE, Sept. 2, 2012 – On a demanding street circuit like the 2.04-mile course in downtown Baltimore, a driver needs to be able to use every resource available to challenge the track and his competitors.After recovering from an incident on the first lap of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, rookie Juan Pablo Garcia was extracting everything out of his No. 76 Freightliner/Jeffrey Mark Motorsport car to catch back up to the field. His charge back, though, was finally slowed when the rookie lost second gear in his car.

From there, it became a quest to finish Sunday’s 35-lap Firestone Indy Lights race.

“I ran out of room on the first lap,” Garcia said. “I had several cars around me fighting for space and went straight into the run off.”

Garcia rejoined the field in tenth position, and began chasing down his competitors.

“I was pushing really hard and catching the cars in front of me,” he said. “Each lap was feeling better and better in the car.”

Positive momentum for Garcia was halted when the No. 76 lost second gear.

“Driving the car on this track without second gear was hard because most of the corners are driven in second gear,” he said. “I couldn’t brake as hard and I was locking them (the tires) up. My exits out of the corners were slow as a result too.”

Garcia finished the day in ninth position.

“After all of my effort to work back up through the field it was disappointing to lose second gear,” Garcia said. “It wasn’t the result I wanted and we were stronger than that today.”

Tristan Vautier, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, claimed his fourth victory of the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights season at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Vautier led every lap of the race and averaged a speed of 85.476 mph.

The podium was rounded out with Gustavo Yacaman of Team Moore Racing in second and Esteban Guerrieri of Sam Schmidt Motorsports in third.

Vautier and Guerrieri will face off for the final round of the 2012 Firestone Indy Lights Championship at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. on Sept. 15. Vautier currently leads Guerrieri, 429-418.

Juan Pablo Garcia is ninth in the championship standings with 240 points.


BALTIMORE, Sept. 1, 2012 – Juan Pablo Garcia qualified the No. 76 Freightliner Jeffrey Mark Motorsport (JMM) car in eighth position Saturday at the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT, but he believes his Firestone Indy Lights car will have more speed to show on race day.“During qualifying, I got held up by traffic on my fast lap when I had a new set of tires on,” Garcia said. “Later on in the session on another flying lap we got a red flag and the session was stopped before I could complete my lap. It’s a shame because I know we were faster than we showed.”

Garcia and JMM earned the eighth starting position with a lap of 84.793 mph. They will now shift to race mode and work to maximize the potential of the No. 76 car on race day.

“Tomorrow is another day, and we’ll look over our data tonight to see what we can do to make the race a good one for our team,” Garcia said.

Saturday morning practice and qualifying was Garcia’s first chance to try out the new chicane added to the track overnight after a shortened practice session on Friday.

“I think the chicane helped to improve the track a lot today,” Garcia said. “There are still a lot of bumps but it’s not nearly as bad now that the chicane is slowing us down a bit on the front stretch.”

Tristan Vautier of Sam Schmidt Motorsports earned the pole for the Grand Prix of Baltimore with a lap at 87.753 mph. His teammate Esteban Guerrieri joins him on the front row with a quick lap in qualifying of 86.917 mph.

Sebastian Saavedra and Carlos Munoz of Andretti Autosport will start third and fourth respectively, and Oliver Webb of Sam Schmidt Motorsports will start fifth.

The 35-lap Firestone Indy Lights race at the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, September 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET.