One young rising star and one former young star whose open-wheel time appeared to have passed him by are set for upcoming IndyCar tests.
Autosport reports Daniel Abt, the young German who races in GP2 and FIA Formula E, will have a test next month with Andretti Autosport (Barber Motorsports Park, October 27).
Abt visited Auto Club Speedway at the IndyCar finale last month and while he said Formula One was his goal, he’s ambivalent about being in it just to be in it.
“You can always bring some money and drive a Caterham, but is it worth it just to be called an ‘F1 driver’? I don’t think so,” Abt told Autosport. “I’m 21 now and I’m at a point where I need to look at what makes sense.”
Meanwhile Rocky Moran Jr., who was a rising star in the Formula Atlantic championship in the early 2000s (raced from 1998 through 2005), is slated for a test next week with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course. Moran Jr. last raced competitively in the 2011 American Le Mans Series, in a GT class Jaguar XKR.
“I know a lot of people have forgotten about me but I know I can do it,” he told RACER.com’s Robin Miller.
Rodolfo Gonzalez tested earlier this week for Dale Coyne Racing to kick off the testing season.
Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.
The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.
Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.
INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener
Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.
Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.
The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.
Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.
IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.