Reports: Daniel Abt, Rocky Moran Jr. set for IndyCar tests

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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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.