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Indy Lights: Muñoz to Andretti and Castaneda to BHA

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm Indy Lights, Signing

Troy Castaneda testing the Bryan Herta Autosport Indy Lights car during the Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last fall. (photo: IndyCar.com)

Carlos Munoz will join fellow Colombian driver Sebastian Saavedra at Andretti Autosport, the team announced Monday. He will drive the squad’s No. 26 Indy Lights car.

During yesterday’s spring training test at Barber Motorsports Park, Munoz set the third quickest lap (1:17.8682) of Day 1 during his first timed session in the car. He spent the last few years in Europe, racing a Formula Renault 2.0 car from 2008-09 and a Formula 3 car in 2010-11. Last season, he finished eighth in the F3 Euro Series with one fast lap and two podium finishes.

Bryan Herta Autosport confirmed it had signed 22-year-old Troy Castaneda to its Indy Lights team for the season-opening race on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Castaneda will drive the No. 28 car at St. Pete with hopes of extending his season beyond a one-off in Florida.

Castaneda is a talented karter who has been working to break into the car ranks for a few years now. It would be nice to see him run a full season in the car. Previously, he’s qualified as a member of Team USA in karting’s Rotax Max World Finals. Serving as a test driver for M&R Motorsports while completing tests in both open-wheel and sports cars, Castaneda looks to make a solid impression on team owner Bryan Herta.

During the opening test at Barber Motorsports Park, Castaneda clocked a 1:20.5899. He will look to further improve his time during today’s testing.

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