Donoso To Compete for SWE In 2008 Indy Pro Series

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 25, 2008) ? Open-wheel veteran Pablo Donoso will compete fulltime for SWE Racing in the Indy Pro Series for the 2008 season, the team has announced.

The Chilean will occupy one of the team?s two seats beginning with this week?s season-opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the team hopes to campaign another car following the 100-mile event.

Donoso, who passed his Indy Pro Series rookie test on Friday at Homestead, has spent the last two seasons competing in the USAC Silver Crown Series, where he became the first South American to compete in the history of the series. He finished a career-best second at Iowa Speedway in 2006 driving for Ron Hemelgarn Racing before moving to the two-car effort of A.J. Foyt Racing in 2007. There, he scored a pole at Richmond International Raceway.

Donoso made his U.S. racing debut in 2005 racing in the Star Mazda Series for Andersen Walko Racing, where he competed against current Indy Racing League IndyCar Series stars Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal. Donoso posted his only series victory from the pole at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. and he also earned several other podium finishes.

The 23-year-old began his series in karting, competing in the Chilean and Argentine championships, before moving to Formula Renault in Argentina in 2002 and Europe the following two seasons in World Series Light by Nissan and the World Series by Nissan.

Said Steve Eppard, SWE team owner: ?I?m very excited about having Pablo run for SWE as I have had numerous drivers come up through the ranks from South America including (Gil) de Ferran, (Christian) Fittipaldi and both Giaffoni?s (Felipe and Affonso). I have been extremely impressed with the caliber of racers and the talent that continues to come from those countries and I?m looking forward to having the next young stand-out on my team.?

SWE is in its third year on the Indy Pro Series circuit. Led by team owner Eppard, who owns and operates SWE Race Car Parts, the team finished 15th in entrant points its first season of competition in 2006 behind veteran open-wheel drivers Mike Potekhen and James Chesson. Potekhen, a graduate of Star Mazda Series competition, claimed four top-10 finishes in five starts, including a best finish of sixth, also the team?s best finish through its first two seasons.

In 2007, the team hired another Star Mazda veteran Jon Brownson, who competed in 13 of the Indy Pro Series? 16 events with a best finish of eighth in the series finale at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition, IndyCar Series veteran Jimmy Kite finished 10th in the team?s second car. The team earned finishes of 22nd and 26th in points.

SWE Racing was formed as Part Sourcing International in 2006 by owner Steve Eppard and changed its name in 2007 in an effort to associate more closely with Eppard?s SWE Race Car Parts, a company providing gearbox services, driveline components and a parts supply store to IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series teams. The team has a best finish of sixth in 2006.

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