Felix Serralles set for maiden IndyCar test with Andretti

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Felix Serralles will be the latest Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver to step up for a Verizon IndyCar Series test, and he’ll do so with Andretti Autosport in Sebring next month.

The driver’s management group announced it today, with Serralles set to test November 10-11 and become the first Puerto Rican driver to sample an IndyCar.

After two years in Indy Lights with Belardi Auto Racing and Carlin, respectively, Serralles could be poised to step up to IndyCar provided he finds the necessary budget to do so.

“I’m beyond excited to finally get a chance to drive an IndyCar and it’s great to be having that chance with Andretti Autosport. This is something I have been dreaming about since I can remember. I’m so grateful to DCM (Driver Club Management) for making this happen,” Serralles said in a release.

“I grew up watching all these drivers and it’s almost like a dream to be able to test and learn from someone like Ryan Hunter-Reay, who I have watched for many years. I’m excited to learn how to drive the most physical car in open-wheel racing. It will help me develop into a better driver, test my fitness and compare myself to the big dogs in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“The opportunity to test with Andretti is great – especially as they have so much history in IndyCar and across motorsport in general. To be part of such an organization for two days is more than many can ask for.”

While Serralles won multiple races in Indy Lights – he turned in dynamic drives to win at Milwaukee in 2015, then St. Petersburg and Iowa in 2016, he came under the microscope for how he pulled over on the final lap of the Indy Lights season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which was enough to secure the title for Carlin teammate Ed Jones.

Andretti Autosport’s fourth seat remains a topic of much discussion, with a mix of veterans and potential young guns in the frame for a spot alongside the team’s three confirmed drivers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.