3 December 1977 |
|Firestone Indy Lights Series|
Team Moore Racing
Bryan Herta Autosport
|Best finish||6th in 2008|
|Asian Formula Three Championship
Caterham R400 Challenge
|2007||Asian Formula Three Championship|
Dillon Battistini (born 3 December 1977) is an English-born racecar driver from Ewell.
Battistini competed in various classes of karting, finishing 3rd in the Junior European Championship and becoming the British Open Champion before moving to cars. In the Caterham R400 challenge in 2003, he won the most races and the driver of the year of award, finishing 2nd in the Championship after being taken out from behind in the penultimate race at Brands Hatch which cost him the points lead considering his track position at the time. In 2006 and 2007 he raced in the Asian Formula Three Championship, finishing 4th his first year and winning the 2007 series championship and the most races on 5 race wins. After testing a Champ Car for Minardi Team USA and the subsequent unification of American Open Wheel Racing, Battistini signed to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Series (formerly the Indy Pro Series) for Panther Racing less than 10 days before the season was set to begin. Battistini won his first race in the series which was also his first race on an oval track at Homestead-Miami Speedway on 29 March 2008.
On 24 May Battistini won the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the pole for his second win of the season. Later that week he revealed that he and his team are preparing for him to make his IndyCar Series debut later in 2008. He won two further races at Iowa and Kentucky. For the final race of the year, Battistini left the Panther team to race for Team Moore Racing. Battistini was presented with the Gregory and Appel 'Securing Tomorrow' Award for winning the most races in the season at the 2008 IRL Awards Evening in Las Vegas. He competed in the fourth race of the 2009 season in a one-off for Genoa Racing and has been attempting to find a ride in the IndyCar Series. Having been unable to do so, he made two Indy Lights oval race appearances in 2010 for Team PBIR and Bryan Herta Autosport.
Battistini has won the most races in every full season of car racing he has contested, except Asian Formula 3 in 2006, during which he was driving a car which had a fault with its chassis for most of the year.
American open–wheel racing results
Indy Lights Series
|Team Moore Racing||CHI
|Bryan Herta Autosport||HMS
- 1 Cancelled after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
- Lewandowski, Dave. Great Start, IndyCar.com, 29 March 2008
- English, Steven & Andrew van de Burgt. Battistini plans two Panther outings, autosport.com, 29 May 2008
- Loomis, Katie. Battistini Shifts Gears to Drive Team Moore Entry in Chicagoland Finale, Team Moore PR via IndyProRacer.com, 4 September 2008
- Battistini to test for Conquest, Racer, 19 September 2011, Retrieved 19 September 2011
|Asian Formula Three Champion