It was a good first day at the office for Daniel Abt, the German youngster who had his first day in an IndyCar Monday at Barber Motorsports Park.
“I’m just at a certain stage of my career where I want to take the next step and IndyCar is certainly a great option so that is why I’m here,” Abt said, via IndyCar.com.
“I’m not just doing the test because I’m bored and I want to spend some time racing. First of all, I want to get a feeling for the car and the people. I don’t know what the options are at the moment, but I’m interested in doing the season if the package is right and everything is like I want it to be.”
Abt drove with Andretti Autosport, who seeks to fill a vacancy in its fourth car alongside Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz.
It’s still relatively early days in the long IndyCar offseason, but there’s realistically one of two options for Abt for Andretti next year.
He could be able to fill the fourth seat on his own provided he gathers enough budget to cover the gap between what the team already has lined up in commercial partners.
Alternatively, it could be possible he gathers a partial budget to make sporadic appearances in a fifth-car, part-time, if the team has enough staffing and personnel for it.
Of late, Michael Andretti has stayed quiet in terms of the team’s plans for its fourth car.
But all expectations point to four cars returning full-time and a fifth could be possible for Abt and/or other drivers – Andretti has Zach Veach and Matthew Brabham in his internal “farm system” after they’ve each completed another season of Indy Lights, and Michael has said he has time for both of them.
Abt also races in the FIA Formula E Championship with Audi Sport Abt (pictured right), and in GP2.