Carlos Munoz got his first running of 2014 – and second since being confirmed as an official full-season driver for Andretti Autosport in November – during testing at Sebring earlier this week.
Times weren’t revealed but Munoz, who will drive the No. 34 Cinsay-backed Honda, felt good to be running again.
“I have to work quite a lot to have the car 100 percent at St. Pete,” Munoz told IndyCar.com. “It will be an interesting season so I have to work a lot and push a lot.”
Another Colombian Carlos, this time Carlos Huertas at Panther Racing, got his second test of the year in earlier this week as well. Also via IndyCar.com, Huertas said, “At the moment, things are looking promising in my view” in regards to the team’s open seat.
Noteworthy was the fact the No. 4 Chevrolet tested in a new and revised blue, red and white livery, rather than the unbranded National Guard camoflauge livery that Huertas tested with in January.
The matter of the National Guard’s sponsorship for 2014 was still yet to be settled, officially, until Thursday. Still, the revised Panther livery – showcasing only its two associate sponsors Charter and Lincoln Tech – spoke louder than words.
If Huertas joins the grid, that would make three Colombians in the field, along with Munoz and the returning Juan Pablo Montoya.
UPDATE: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.
Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).
Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:
Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.
The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.
Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.
While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.
As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.
Catch the race live on NBCSN.