So he’s now tested at Sebring, Homestead (oval) and NOLA Motorsports Park with the Schmidt-Peterson team. Razia did say back in January that he considered Lights a valid option, it seems all but confirmed now.
An interesting twist in his career after being dropped by Marussia for lack of $$$.
Wikipedia has already confirmed him :P
I’m waiting for an official confirmation, hence the question mark. :p
@wsrgo Sounds like someone who knows the deal is done couldn’t resist putting it on Wikipedia then.. unless it’s just someone with wishful thinking! It’s gone when I looked..
@jb001 – indeed, I think Razia would have done better than Chilton. Bianchi/Razia would have been a stronger line-up, but if it brought in less sponsor money then probably not better for Marussia as a whole..
Jack Harvey was commenting on how difficult he thought the ovals would be, noting that the average speed at some of them is 190mph (http://thelinc.co.uk/2014/01/harvey-set-to-race-in-indy-lights-series/). It’ll be interesting to see how the recent signings from Europe deal with that challenge, and Razia should he join the series.
Razia’s at Barber Motorsports Park for another 2-day test. So far he’s 1.348 seconds behind the fastest time set by Matthew Brabham.
Indeed – apart from getting up to full pace, they’ll be total rookies in traffic. Experience is needed, when going 4-wide to the finish (e.g. last year’s Indy race!)!
They’re still using the manual shifter too (as do Pro Mazda and USF2000 cars). Of course with less or no run-off than European tracks, mistakes are punished quite heavily. Esteban Guerrieri found this out the hard way in his 2011 campaign (despite being a Formula Renault 3.5 title contender the year before).
Interesting – I wondered how Guerrieri didn’t win the Indy Lights. If he didn’t miss a few races he could have beaten Ricciardo in FR3.5 2010 as well and been champion there.
Still, Newgarden did very well (5 wins, 4 second places, a third from 13 races), considering he had 4 seasons of single-seater experience versus Guerrieri’s 11.
Razia got closer to Brabham’s times on the second day, about 0.3s off. Jack Harvey was another 0.3s from Razia’s best lap.
Seems to be a confirmed move, if this is anything to go by:
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