INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2017) – Three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers will find themselves behind the wheel of Andretti Autosport Indy cars this week for a test at Road America. The June 14 test will bring Dalton Kellett, Nico Jamin and Matheus Leist closer to reaching their goals of competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Joined by veteran IndyCar drivers Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi, the test will provide a unique learning opportunity and experience for collaboration and growth with the young drivers.
Dalton Kellett will borrow the No. 28 DHL Honda from IndyCar teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay. Kellett turned 50 laps in an Indy car last year during his first IndyCar test held at Watkins Glen International. The 22-year old is currently in his second season of Indy Lights competition and hopes his second test in the Dallara IR- 12 continues to build on his experience, smoothing a transition to the top-tier series.
"Coming back for a second test in an Indy car is exciting," said Kellett. "I can't wait to get back on track. I intend to build on what I learned at the Watkins Glen test last year and I'm very thankful for this opportunity from Andretti Autosport. It's one of the amazing parts of this program, getting a chance like this to test in the Dallara IR-12 at Road America. I'm honored to work with Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and the rest of the No. 28 crew - being able to use this experience as a guide will be a valuable asset during the test. The overall goal of this test is to create a learning opportunity that I can use as a stepping stone in the future."
Nico Jamin will find himself gripping the wheel of Marco Andretti's No. 27 Honda for his first time around the Road America track in an Indy car. The Indy Lights rookie is no stranger to road courses, finding himself topping the podium at both the Grand Prix of Alabama and Grand Prix of Indianapolis this season.
Confident he will adapt quickly and gain experience in the new car, Jamin noted his excitement, saying, "I am extremely thankful and excited to have the opportunity to test an Indy car for the first time. As a driver in Mazda Road to Indy, it is something I have been looking forward to for the last four years, and I am only a few days away from it now. I definitely feel ready for the challenge, and I'm looking forward to learning as much as possible and making it a great experience. it will be really cool to drive the bigger sister of my No. 27, and to share the car with Marco [Andretti]."
Joining Kellett and Jamin will be 2017 Freedom 100 winner Matheus Leist. The 18-year-old Brazilian driver will split time with 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No. 98 Honda for his debut IndyCar Series test. Leist was named BRDC British Formula 3 Champion in 2016 before steering his talents stateside to compete in Indy Lights.
"I'm really looking forward to the testing and Indy car with Andretti Autosport," said Leist. "This is going to be a mega opportunity for me. It has been a dream since I was young to drive an Indy car. Hope to have fun and learn as much as I can from the team."
Michael Andretti, CEO and Chairman of Andretti Autosport, continues to build on his team's overall success, giving younger drivers the opportunity to test for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The Mazda Road to Indy gives drivers the opportunity to achieve their goals," said Michael Andretti, "and for most of these young drivers, that end goal is to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series. We are thrilled to give these three drivers the chance to test their ability of achieving that goal. Last year's test deemed successful and I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes this year."
Kellett and Jamin will join Andretti teammates Colton Herta and Ryan Norman at the Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 24 and 25 for Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2017 Indy Lights schedule. The Verizon IndyCar Series will also join in on the action at Road America, headlining the weekend with the Kohler Grand Prix on Sunday, June 24.
Fans can tune in to the action, live-streamed through IndyCar.com, IndyLights.com, the RoadtoIndyTV app and the IMS Radio Network.