IndyCar: Davide Valsecchi confirms SPM December test


Former Lotus F1 reserve and 2012 GP2 Series champion Davide Valsecchi will have his maiden running in an IndyCar on December 16.

The Italian confirmed a report that he’ll be in one of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Dallara-Honda chassis at Sebring.

“On Dec 16th I will have the pleasure of testing for on the legendary .I will do my best to make the team happy!!!” Valsecchi wrote on Twitter.

Valsecchi, 27, has raced in the International GT Open with Lamborghini this year.

He was projected to make his Grand Prix debut ahead of the 2013 United States Grand Prix in place of Kimi Raikkonen, but the team opted to install Heikki Kovalainen instead.

This makes him the second Italian seeking to come to IndyCar full-time in 2015; Luca Filippi told MotorSportsTalk of his prospects at Austin earlier this month, although he doesn’t have a deal publicly identified.

SPM’s second car alongside new team leader James Hinchcliffe is yet to be confirmed. Mikhail Aleshin is recovering from injuries sustained in August’s season finale at Auto Club Speedway; Valsecchi joins Gabby Chaves, Rocky Moran Jr. and Rodolfo Gonzalez in having tested for the team this fall.