Rodolfo Gonzalez, ex-Marussia test driver, samples Coyne’s IndyCar

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The offseason in the Verizon IndyCar Series is always good for three things: schedule conjecture, silly season projections, and drivers testing for Dale Coyne Racing seemingly from out of the blue.

Add Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez to that third category.

Gonzalez, 28, made eight Friday free practice one appearances for Marussia F1 a year ago and this year hasn’t driven as much. He did make his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, driving with Murphy Prototypes in an LMP2 Oreca Nissan with Nathaniel Berthon and Karun Chandhok.

Gonzalez has made his IndyCar testing debut this week with Coyne at Barber Motorsports Park.

“Yesterday was a great experience, and I am very grateful for this new opportunity to return to the track, I was worried because I had no time to handle such a large and fast car, in a category that is one of the most important worldwide. I was surprised by the speed, it’s totally different from Formula 1 and World Endurance cars are prototypes,” he said, translated, via Noticias 24 Venezuela.

Here’s a quick shot of him in the car.

While Coyne had a host of different drivers test for him last offseason, it was Carlos Huertas, the Colombian rookie, who wound up completing a deal to drive the team’s second car for the full season without so much as a single day of testing.