IndyCar: Coletti, Jakes en route to New Orleans

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Two of the remaining “TBAs” might have candidates to fill the cars ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, as two drivers announced their plans to head to New Orleans this week for the series’ upcoming two-day test.

One would be a rookie and one would be a returning veteran.

Monegasque driver Stefano Coletti will have his second test of the IndyCar offseason, this time with KV Racing Technology. Coletti, the GP2 veteran who won last year’s season finale at Abu Dhabi, had his first test with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in December.

KVSH Racing has Sebastien Bourdais confirmed in its first car. However the second car’s driver is to be determined, and the team designation is also still to be finalized, as to whether the second car would be a KVSH-listed entry or under the overall KVRT banner.

A second test is usually a good indicator the driver could be confirmed in short order – Gabby Chaves has had two tests this offseason, one apiece with SPM and Bryan Herta Autosport – and was confirmed by BHA last week.

Meanwhile the Englishman who showed up as the international man of mystery back in 2011 – James Jakes – may be in line for a comeback. Jakes raced with Dale Coyne Racing in 2011 and 2012, and with Rahal Letterman Lanigan in 2013.

Jakes posted on Twitter Monday morning he was also en route to New Orleans, but didn’t give a hint as to whether he’d be testing or with what team.

Stay tuned on the latter’s bit of info in particular, once either he or a potential suitor provides an update.

Of note, Andretti Autosport and SPM are testing at NOLA next week, and both have potential vacancies for 2015. Andretti is yet to fill its fourth car and SPM its second; SPM has tested a wide variety of drivers this offseason.