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Conquest returns with Romancini

Mario RomanciniConquest Racing will return to the IndyCar Series full-time this year after completing a deal with Indy Lights frontrunner Mario Romancini.

The 22-year-old Brazilian steps up to IndyCar having taken sixth in the 2009 Lights standings in his first year in US racing, winning races at Milwaukee and Homestead.

Conquest was only able to contest a limited programme with Alex Tagliani, Nelson Philippe and Kosuke Matsuura last season, and team boss Eric Bachelart was delighted to be back on the grid full-time with Romancini - who he has high hopes for.

"We are thrilled to announce we have reached an agreement with Mario for the full year," said Bachelart. "He is a young, talented driver who performed exceptionally during his 2009 rookie year in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, with particular excellence on ovals.

"Mario fits in well with our quest to develop new and promising drivers in the next step of their career. We look forward to helping him advance successfully in the Izod Indy Car Series this season."

Romancini is certain that Conquest will provide the best environment for him to learn in his rookie IndyCar season.

"I couldn't be more excited to move up to the Izod IndyCar Series with a team like Conquest," he said. "I have been talking with a few teams since last October when the season ended, but after my first contact with Eric I knew we could make something really good happen.

"We know we will have a lot of work to do. We will be competing against very strong teams and experienced drivers, but with all the support from Eric and the Conquest team, I am confident that with every race we will get better."

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