Don’t look now, but the influx of former Formula 1 drivers into the NTT IndyCar Series may be ready to add another driver’s name to the list.
The Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team announced on Wednesday that it would be giving F1 veteran Nico Hulkenberg what it’s calling an “IndyCar evaluation test” on Monday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
Huklenberg, 34, last raced full time in F1 with Renault in 2019. Last year, he raced three times in a substitute role for the Racing Point team. He finished in the top-10 and the points in two of his three starts.
Hulkenberg has made 179 starts in F1. He’s yet to reach the podium in F1, though his racing resume’ does include a win at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans with Porsche.
“I am pleased to try out an Indy car and see what it’s all about,” Hulkenberg said. “I want to thank Arrow McLaren SP and Chevy for the opportunity at relatively short notice. While I don’t have any current plans to race in IndyCar, it will be great to drive a car for the first time and get a feel for the series.”
Arrow McLaren SP is exploring the possibility of adding a third car to join 2022 drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming Nico and giving him his first taste of IndyCar in an Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet,” said Taylor Kiel, president of Arrow McLaren SP. “Barber will be a great track for him to get his first laps and gain some miles in a new form of open-wheel racing.”
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