Unlike Mitsuru Haraguchi, Dean Kearney will actually be driving in Seattle, marking his return to the series since the 2011 season finale at Irwindale. Kearney will be piloting the Achilles Tire S13.5 that Robbie Nishida drove in Long Beach. Kearney arrived in Long Beach ready to drive, but had to watch as Nishida drove the car then eventually crashed it in top 32 when leading against Conrad Grunewald. Although Kearney finished 2011 ranked higher, Nishida was a higher priority on the Achilles team due to his involvement both in the US and Asia as well as his previous relationship with Bridges Racing. We look forward to having another Irishman behind the wheel!