Rosenqvist ends fastest at Indy Lights test at Homestead

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He doesn’t have a ride, yet, in the Mazda Road to Indy and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

But if Felix Rosenqvist does, the field should look out.

The 24-year-old Swede paced both of Wednesday’s sessions at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, in the No. 14 Belardi Auto Racing Dallara IL-15 Mazda.

His time in the morning session, 1:14.437, ended the fastest of the two days and for good measure he also led the afternoon session at 1:14.519.

He’ll head straight from Miami to Daytona Beach, Fla., where he’ll partake in this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with Starworks Motorsport in one of its Prototype Challenge cars.

Ed Jones, Tuesday’s leader for Carlin, and Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires champion Santiago Urrutia were second and third in both sessions, albeit with the order split. Jones was ahead of Urrutia in the morning, session three, with Urrutia surging ahead in the fourth and final session.

Urrutia is as-yet-unconfirmed but expected to be announced in due course as one of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ drivers for the 2016 season.

Here are the times from the two sessions:

The next official series test is at Phoenix International Raceway on February 25.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.