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Indy Lights test at Sebring later this week features 12 cars

Jan 6, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series has a two-day test (Jan. 7-8) scheduled for later this week at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. IndyCar remains in a winter testing blackout until after the 8th; still, Lights running is at least some signs of life for the American open-wheel world in an otherwise dreary, long, frigid winter.

The 12 cars entered for the test match last year’s season-high set at Houston. It’s a promising sign to see this many cars already because chances are enough budgets will materialize for at least two or three more cars come the St. Petersburg season opener in late March.

As to who’ll be driving them, the seven confirmed driver/team combinations will all be in action. Those are:

  • Team Moore Racing: 2-Zack Meyer
  • Belardi Auto Racing: 4-Alex Baron
  • Fan Force United: 24-Scott Anderson
  • Andretti Autosport: 26-Zach Veach, 83-Matthew Brabham
  • Bryan Herta Autosport/Jeffrey Mark Motorsport: 28-Lloyd Read
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: 42-Jack Harvey

The other five are extra cars from some of the above teams. Moore adds a second car for 19-year-old Englishman Raoul Owens, who has sponsorship for another season of European-level Formula Renault. Belardi’s second car will be driven by Gabby Chaves, who finished second in this year’s championship. Andretti adds a third car for 19-year-old Italian Vittorio Ghirelli, who has GP2, GP3, Formula Two, World Series by Renault and Auto GP experience. In the latter series, he won the 2013 championship.

Schmidt Peterson adds two extras for Colombian Juan Piedrahita, who has spent the last two years in Pro Mazda, and, intriguingly, for Luiz Razia, whose F1 hopes for Marussia were dashed before the start of last season. Razia is known to be exploring American options and tweeted over the weekend that he was in Indianapolis.

  1. testover6370 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Great to see the Indy Lights field grow. I’d love to see this series become something like the formerly-called Nationwide series, not only a training ground for the next generation of Indycar drivers but also a place where good open wheel drivers can earn a living even if they can’t pull together a ride in the top tier series. Indycar is losing too many good drivers to sports cars because there just isn’t an open seat.

    • indycarseries500 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      I believe that is one of Dan Andersen’s goals with the Indy Lights Series.

      btw Nationwide still has one more season left as title sponsor of the 2nd tier division

      • testover6370 - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Oh I didn’t know that about the Nationwide series. Thanks, that will make it a lot easier to talk about it. That is a problem NASCAR has, that their series are maybe TOO closely identified with the title sponsor. Take Izod away from Indycar and Firestone away from Indy Lights, and we all still know what they are. Take Nationwide away, or imagine what happens if Sprint goes, and things get confusing quick. Great for the sponsors, not so great for the fans and series.

        Dan Andersen seems to really know what he’s doing and he gets results quick. At this rate I’m beginning to think maybe he should take over Indycar itself too.

    • manik56 - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      I like that goal. If they were to ever achieve that it would mean bump day at the 500 could be crazy again. It would also have to mean TV ratings have skyrocketed.

  2. testover6370 - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Someone needs to show Razia the “Generic Racer” twitter account.

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