On Monday, Scott Speed posted a picture of himself getting a seat fitting aboard one of Carlos Munoz’s Verizon IndyCar Series chassis at Andretti Autosport.
If you think this comes out of left field, you’re right… slightly.
Speed has an existing relationship with Andretti Autosport as he races one of the team’s VWs – first a Polo and later the new Beetle – in the Red Bull Global Rallycross.
He also was having the seat fitting in preparation for a possible IndyCar test.
Per a team spokesperson, no date has been set yet for a test. However, the spokesperson confirmed Andretti may use Speed for a test if a conflict arises for one of its full-time drivers. Generally speaking for conflicts, the team would prefer to keep testing in-house among its drivers.
Speed has made one prior IndyCar appearance, when he practiced a Dragon Racing Dallara-Honda in advance of the 2011 Indianapolis 500. He removed himself from the car before qualifying, and replacement Patrick Carpentier crashed later in the same car on Bump Day.
Speed is also Formula 1’s most recent American Grand Prix race driver, having competed in the 2006 and 2007 seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Andretti will likely have further livery or team announcements next week as a part of IndyCar Media Day, next Tuesday in Indianapolis.
The team is busy with testing this week in both New Orleans (IndyCar) and Florida (Indy Lights).