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Frijns ‘honored’ to receive IndyCar test with Andretti

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Robin Frijns is relishing the opportunity to get behind an Indy car for the first time when he tests for Andretti Autosport at Mid-Ohio later this month.

Team boss Michael Andretti told NBC Sports back in February that Frijns was in line for an IndyCar try-out at some point after impressing for the Andretti Formula E operation.

Following the conclusion of the Formula E season at the beginning of the month, Andretti Autosport confirmed last week that Frijns would be testing an Indy car at Mid-Ohio as part of a rookie test day on July 21.

“I am really honored to get the opportunity from Andretti to test on of their Indy cars at Mid-Ohio,” Frijns said in a release on Thursday.

“I have been working with the Andretti Formula E Team for a year now in the MS Amlin Andretti car, and it has been a great year for us.

“I am really looking forward to working with one of the biggest teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series and excited for this new challenge.”

“We have found Robin to be very impressive in his career so far, both in Andretti Formula E and his other areas of racing,” Andretti added.

“One of the perks of the team competing across various racing platforms is the ability to expose our drivers to different racing disciplines.

“Having versatile drivers gives us a security of depth in our driver line up and makes us more competitive on all fronts.”

Frijns’ trip to Mid-Ohio for the test will in fact be just his second visit to the United States, his first coming for the Long Beach Formula E race in April.

Simona de Silvestro to become Venturi Formula E test driver

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Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition

De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.

I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.

“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”

De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.

The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.

“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.

“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”