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He can spend 3 times less to race in Indy Lights and get a good exchange rate for his euros? I’m not really sure what his plans are.
Team Moore missed the test due to bad weather delaying their transport to Sebring, and Owens didn’t get any running with another team (although he has another season of FR2.0 planned according to his site). Zach Veach was fastest across both days, 57.832. Ghirelli’s best time was a 58.222 and Razia did a 58.332. For reference, Matthew Brabham set a 58.150 and Harvey 58.748.
Dutch driver Jeroen Slaghekke has signed to drive full-time in the 2014 USF2000 championship: http://www.jeroenslaghekke.com/en/component/content/article/13-english/news/78-slaghekke-gears-up-for-championship-assault-with-afterburner-autosport
Prior to his switch to the US last year on a part-time basis, Slaghekke was 4th in the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC standings, and runner-up in 2011 British Formula Ford.
Henrik Furuseth returns to USF2000 with JAY Motorsports: http://usf2000.com/News/14-01-28/JAY_Motorsports_Announces_Stellar_Three-Car_Lineup_for_2014_USF2000_Title_Challenge.aspx
Ah, I completely missed the Slaghekke news, good that he’s finally racing again..
Luiz Razia tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Schmidt Indy Lights team: http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/31/schmidt-trio-of-aleshin-razia-harvey-complete-first-oval-tests/
Nicolas Costa returns to Pro Mazda with M1 Racing: http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/story-246218.html
The 2012 Formula Abarth champion scored several podiums in a part-time campaign with Team Pelfrey last year.
It seems the influx of European drivers is still ongoing; Vicky Piria tested a Pro Mazda car recently in preparation for racing with JDC Motorsports at St Petersburg: http://instagram.com/p/l9suo_G8p_/
Vittorio Ghirelli has been confirmed for an Indy Lights seat with Team Moore: https://twitter.com/TeamMooreRacing/status/448542698606047232/photo/1
I was hoping he would get the Trident GP2 seat. This almost certainly means that Axcil Jefferies will get that seat now..
Probably the same reason Harvey is in Lights, because spending more money on the European ladder isn’t worth it as you’ll get outbid by the next Max Chilton for an F1 seat.
Funnily enough, Jefferies was in the series last year (part-time), I guess he managed to raise more funding to try GP2?
If the ‘Visit Zimbabwe’ logos on his Trident’s front wing at the Abu Dhabi test was anything to go by, he’s goot government support as well…
It seems Vittorio Ghirelli and Team Moore may have parted ways. According to Road to Indy TV, this stems from a disagreement with the team after Ghirelli parked a healthy car at Long Beach.
Alexandre Baron will not contest the remaining Indy Lights races in 2014, but is expected to return for a full campaign in 2015.
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