Cars 32 and 33 of the 33 entered for this year’s Indianapolis 500 are making their first laps of the month today.
Sebastien Bourdais shook down the No. 33 Always Evolving Racing/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet and in 10 laps got it up to 218.688 mph, before handing over to rookie James Davison to complete his Rookie Orientation Program.
Past 4:15 p.m. ET, the track action has been stopped twice to allow Davison time to run. He’s completed more than 25 laps and is through the first phase of his ROP.
Buddy Lazier has also been out in the No. 91 Wynn Institute Chevrolet for his Lazier Partners Racing team. Lazier, the 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion, has posted a flier of 217.844 in 11 laps.
The only car that has not been on track thus far is Jack Hawksworth, as the BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian team makes repairs to the No. 98 Honda after its accident yesterday.
One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.
Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.
A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.
Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.
“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”
Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.
“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.
“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”
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