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Indy Lights: Who's Testing With Whom?

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm Indy Lights, Test

Several drivers are evaluating options for 2011 and with that being the case, it’s time for another Indy Lights testing update.

Conor Daly, who was recently awarded the Gorsline Scholarship, is in the process of wrapping up his third Indy Lights test. While Daly hopes to race in Europe for 2011, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of continuing his climb up the “Road to Indy” ladder.  The 2010 Star Mazda Champion spent today piloting the No. 26 Andretti Autosport car around Mount Meridian’s 1.78 mile, 10-turn Putnam Park Road Course. Daly previously tested a Lights car with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Andersen Racing.

Following today’s test, Daly tweeted:

Great day today with Andretti Autosport! Awesome opportunity to learn from a great team. Good experience!

Philip Major — who spent the 2010 Indy Lights season with SSM — was also in attendance at today’s Andretti Autosport test. It was reported that Daly and Major will return to the cockpit again tomorrow for a second day of testing.

Michael Ramies is scheduled to complete his first oval test with PDM Racing on Nov. 11-12 at Nashville Speedway. The 19-year-old completed his first Indy Lights test with PDM at Putnam Park in late October. He’s hoping to run a full campaign in 2011.

It was rumored that Sam Schmidt Motorsports was planning to test American GP3 pilot Josef Newgarden and Brazilian Duarte Ferreira on Monday, Nov. 8. I was unable to reach Sam Schmidt for confirmation prior to publishing this piece. So, for now, this test is strictly a rumor.  But if it hasn’t already taken place, it’s likely that it will sometime soon.

Newgarden spent the 2010 season in Europe driving for Carlin in the inaugural GP3 Series. It was a learning year for the 19-year-old Tennessee native, but one where growth was evident. He earned a pole position at Hockenheim in July and posted his best finish of the year during the season finale at Monza.

Ferreira, who is reportedly a protégé of IndyCar’s Bruno Junqueira, spent the 2010 season in South American F3. He finished runner-up in the 2010 championship with five wins and 11 podiums. He seemed to really hit his stride at Velopark where he won three straight events.

Stay tuned for more testing updates right here at JuniorOpenWheelTalent.com


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