American Daly to test GP2 car

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Conor Daly, one of the two Americans with a shot at breaking into Formula 1 in the near future, makes his next step by testing a GP2 Series car for the new Hilmer Motorsport team.

Daly has tested an F1 car for the Force India team before, and this offseason, he had his first test of IndyCar machinery with A.J. Foyt Racing at Sebring International Raceway in December. Daly is hopeful of putting a deal together to make his debut in this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Daly has raced in the GP3 Series the last two years, and has wins in IndyCar’s ladder system prior to that. He won one Firestone Indy Lights race in 2011 and won the Star Mazda series championship in 2010.

Daly tweeted a picture of the car’s nose (right). This news comes a few days after Alexander Rossi confirmed his plans as reserve driver for the Caterham F1 Team.

Besides these two, fellow American Jake Rozensweig, 23, has a deal to race for the Barwa Addax team in GP2 this year. He’d be the  first American to race in this series since Scott Speed in 2005. Speed made his Formula 1 debut in 2006 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, and is the last American to have raced in F1.