The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing NTT IndyCar Series team announced on Wednesday that ABB FIA Formula E champion, Antonio Felix Da Costa will test for the team at Barber Motorsports Park on November 2 as he makes his debut in an NTT IndyCar.
Speaking about the news, Da Costa said:
I have never hidden the fact that it’s a big dream of mine to come try out an Indy car. “I am a big fan of how America, and INDYCAR in particular, goes about the sport and have been a huge fan for many years. I have known Bobby for a few years. We always met at the BMW Christmas dinners and every year I kept saying ‘Come on, let me have a go’ and finally now I got the call to come meet the team and test. It’s very exciting times for me and something I have been looking forward to a lot. The first contact with the team has been very positive and everyone has been friendly. I can see there is a high level of professionalism in the team which was to be expected. I’m excited to get on track.
The Portuguese driver is not the only Formula E driver to have driver an IndyCar as Felix Rosenqvest who currently drives for Chip Ganassi Racing in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda is a graduate of Formula E.
Speaking about Da Costa’s upcoming test, team co-owner Bobby Rahal commented saying:
We were unable to maximize a full team test using one of our three days, since Graham is waiting for the arrival of his first child so this enables us to test a young and very accomplished driver in Antonio Félix da Costa. “Through our partnership with BMW on the sports car side, we have followed his career and are excited to see what he can do in an Indy car.”
“We have heard a lot of great things about this young man’s talent and look forward to good results from our test at Barber Motorsports Park. It always adds value to get another perspective and we are confident he can provide good insight,
It is expected that a large number of the NTT IndyCar Series field will be present at the one day test as it will be the first time a test has taken place since COVID 19 restrictions came into force in the US in March. The test will come just eight days after the NTT IndyCar Series crown their 2020 champion with the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg taking place from October 23-25