Check out the latest results from today’s Mazda Road to Indy test at Barber Motorsports Park.
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Indy Lights teams will participate in a Jan. 23-24 open test at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Below is a tentative list of who’s expected to test with who…
Expected to test:
- Zach Veach Andretti Autosport
- Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport
- Jack Hawksworth Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
- Giancarlo Serenelli Juncos Racing
- Mike Larrison Belardi Auto Racing
- Peter Dempsey Belardi Auto Racing
- Juan Pablo Garcia Team Moore Racing
Team Moore Racing
Spencer Pigot and Sean Johnston will test a Formula 3 car with Double R Racing at Pembrey Circuit as an extension of the 2012 Team USA Scholarship.
Pigot, 19, who won the Team USA Scholarship in 2010 and 2011, won eight of 14 USF2000 National Championship races in 2012. Johnston, 21, found victory in seven of 14 starts in the Porsche GT3 Cup.
Matthew Di Leo and Antii Buri topped the time charts in today’s USF2000 tests at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the second-annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test. Buri, the 2012 British Formula Ford Champion, set the fastest USF2000 lap of the day (1:28.135).
Spencer Pigot topped both Star Mazda sessions with a fast lap of 1:25.603. Shelby Blackstock was within a half second of Pigot’s time in both sessions. Renan Guerra was third in session one and Kyle Kaiser finished third-quick in the day’s final session.
Irishman Peter Dempsey posted the morning’s fast time in Indy Lights with Zach Veach producing the day’s best time in session two (1:19.2209). Gabby Chaves produced the third-quickest time of the day.
Team Moore Racing announced last week that Star Mazda driver Gustavo Menezes completed his Indy Lights rookie test at Kentucky Speedway on Aug. 23.
The 17-year-old race driver hopes to make his Indy Lights debut at the Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) next month.
Twenty-one Star Mazda drivers and 16 Indy Lights drivers wrapped up a two-day spring training test Tuesday afternoon on the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park race circuit, located on the eastern edge of Birmingham, Ala.
Connor De Phillippi topped the Star Mazda competition for the second-straight afternoon and nearly found his way into the 1:19-range, producing a time of 1:20.076 during the morning session. While his lap time easily broke the previous record, it won’t stand in the official record books because it wasn’t produced during an official qualifying session or race.
Petri Suvanto was the only other Star Mazda pilot to crack the 1:21 barrier, touring the circuit in 1:20.712.
On the Indy Lights side, Sebastian Saavedra topped the speed charts as the lone driver to best the 1:17 mark (1:16.7046). Victor Carbone (1:17.0544) was second quick with Gustavo Yacaman setting the third-fastest time of the day (1:17.4259). Yesterday’s chart topper, Tristan Vautier, could only muster enough speed for fifth during today’s test, but remained the fastest rookie driver on course.
- Star Mazda Testing: Day 2 Combined Results from Barber Motorsports Park
- Firestone Indy Lights Testing: Day 2 Combined Results from Barber Motorsports Park
Lap times from Day 1 at Barber Motorsports Park can be found here.
Connor De Phillippi topped the time charts during today’s three-session Star Mazda test at Barber Motorsports Park. He was the only driver to crack the 1:21 barrier, posting at 1:20.607 in the day’s first session.
On the Indy Lights side, Tristan Vautier topped the speed chart, touring the course in 1:17.5617. Drivers will return to action tomorrow for another day of testing.
Make the jump for combined results from Day 1 at Barber Motorsports Park.
Just days after I published my “early commits” post on drivers who have signed for the 2012 Indy Lights season (read it here), three more drivers were added.
Juan Pablo Garcia will return to Indy Lights for a full-season campaign in 2012 after running a partial season for the last three years. He will drive the No. 76 car for Jeffrey Mark Motorsports with guidance from Bryan Herta Autosport. The 24-year-old driver completed four races in 2012, earning a best finish of eighth at Barber Motorsports Park.
After running 14 races in the 2011 IndyCar Series for Conquest Racing, Sebastian Saavedra will return to Indy Lights with AFS/Andretti Autosport for a full season. The 21-year-old Colombian plans to run the Indianapolis 500 and hopes to add a few more IndyCar races to his 2012 schedule, while focusing on the Indy Lights championship. Saavedra will drive the No. 27 car in Indy Lights and the No. 25 car in IndyCar.
Gustavo Yacaman will return to Indy Lights in 2012 for his fourth-consecutive season. Last year could be labeled a break-through season for the 21-year-old Colombian driver; he finished fourth overall with a win (Baltimore) and nine top-5 finishes. Yacaman will drive the No. 2 car for Team Moore Racing.
Sebring Spring Training Test
Eight Indy Lights drivers ventured onto Sebring International Raceway today for the first official test of 2012. For most of the day, it appeared Sebastian Saavedra would finish as the fastest driver on the time charts. In the closing minutes, however, Gustavo Yacaman stole the show setting the day’s quick time (56.4954). Peter Dempsey and JV Horto — both driving for Juncos Racing during the test — finished third and fourth, respectively. Juan Pablo Garcia rounded out the top five. Yacaman completed the most laps, touring the Florida circuit 137 times.
Dean Stoneman, 21, will be traveling to North America on Monday to test an Indy Lights machine at Las Vegas, according to a report by Autosport.com’s Sam Tremayne.
Stoneman has also been testing a Formula Renault 3.5 machine while evaluating options for next season. For those who don’t know, the talented Briton recently beat testicular cancer. After 12 months away from racing, he’s looking to make a full-time return to the sport he loves.
Prior to his diagnosis, Stoneman won the 2010 FIA Formula Two Championship with six wins and 13 podiums. Last month, he tested a World Series by Renault car with ISR at Aragon. It will be nice to see him return to the cockpit. Regardless of the route he chooses for 2012, he will undoubtedly add tremendous depth to the field.
On Monday, the Indy Lights winter testing ban will be lifted and I should have more information on who’s testing with whom. Stay tuned for updates.
Conor Daly will test an F3 Euro Open car with Team West-Tec at Valencia on Monday, Dec. 12.
It’s likely Daly is simply using the Formula 3 test for additional experience with plans of returning to GP3 next season. He has recently been testing a GP3 car at Valencia as well.
Last season the Indiana native — who turns 20 on Dec. 15 — split time between Indy Lights and GP3. However, a season in an F3 championship hasn’t been ruled out. For that matter, neither has a return to the Indy Lights championship.
Last season, Daly competed in 16 GP3 races with Carlin logging a best-finish of fifth place at Spa-Francorchamps. In Firestone Indy Lights, he ran five events for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, earning a win at Long Beach and a pole position in Baltimore.