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Da Costa to make IndyCar testing debut

Antonio Felix da Costa has confirmed that he will be testing an IndyCar for the first time at Barber Motorsport Park.

The Portuguese driver, who won the ABB FIA Formula E championship for DS Techeetah the past season, will be testing for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The team is co-owned by former IndyCar champion Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. Rahal Letterman Lanigan has had a decent season in the series, the highlight being Takuma Sato’s win at the Indianapolis 500.

Da Costa was looking forward to being given the chance to prove himself in one of the teams’ cars and commented that “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 [I] have been a huge fan for many years", the Portuguese added. 

He looks excited ahead of his chance of testing in IndyCar, as he has described that "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 commented that this opportunity has been a dream of his for a long time, something that team members knew was on his bucket list. "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 to meet the team and test". 

The test, set to be held on November 12th, will be the first time the teams will have an officially scheduled session at Barber Motorsports Park following the cancellation of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama due to the COVID 19 outbreak.

This is another big hit in da Costa's career this year, after he sealed his Formula E title in August, following a remarkable turn of results with a pair of second-place finishes in Santiago and Mexico City, and wins in Marrakesh and the opening two races in Berlin.

In the first of those two races, da Costa became the first driver to top group qualifying, get pole position, set the fastest lap, and win the race.

Rob Lomas

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