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Luiz Razia to Indy Lights?

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  • #249461
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    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 $$$.

    #249477
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    Wikipedia has already confirmed him :P

    #249549
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    I’m waiting for an official confirmation, hence the question mark. :p

    #249570
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    @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..

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    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.

    #249893
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    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.

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    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!)!

    #249954
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    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).

    #249958
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    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.

    #249959
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYNGVztW8XE

    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.

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    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.

    #253432
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    Seems to be a confirmed move, if this is anything to go by:

    https://igcdn-photos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc/1889194_232839810254247_401088144_n.jpgRazia

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