Andretti Indy Lights Drivers Get First INDYCAR Test with Road to Indy Scholarship Program


Former Road to Indy Champions and current Andretti Autosport
Indy Lights drivers spent a day in the heartland getting one step closer to
their racing dreams. As part of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires
scholarship program, Christian Rasmussen and Sting Ray Robb both took to
2.258-mile road course of Mid-Ohio for a test day behind the wheel of an Indy
car. Operated by Andretti Autosport, the pair spent the day turning a combined
total of 123 laps in the No. 98 Indy car.


“Driver development is a top priority for us through
our years of involvement with the Road to Indy program. Andersen Promotions and
Road to Indy made this test possible for Christian and Sting Ray as past
champions, and we were thrilled to help make the day happen.” said team President
J-F Thormann. “Both have shown a lot of promise as part of our Indy Lights
team. We’re glad we’re able to help get them one step closer to INDYCAR with
the test day and look forward to watching them continue to grow.”


The Mid-Ohio test was the first experience with INDYCAR
driving for both Rasmussen and Robb. The taste of speed and physicality behind
an Indy car gives the two drivers a peek into their ultimate goal of becoming


Robb turned 65 laps with a fast lap time of 1:08.8 after
running through three sets of alternate red Firestone tires.


“I felt like a little kid again,” Robb said. “Driving an Indy
car has been a dream from day one. I am so grateful for the great Road to Indy
series that develops drivers like myself, providing us the opportunity and the
ability to achieve our dreams. Thank you so much to Andretti Autosport and all
my investors, partners, friends and family. I know I wouldn’t be here without
all of you. I hope this leads to some great things shortly.”


Rasmussen laid down 58 laps with a fast time of 1:08.3, also
running through three sets of Firestone tires.


“Really excited about finally getting to drive an Indy car,”
said Rasmussen. “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time so to finally say
I’ve done it is awesome. It has given me some extra motivation to get into one
again because MAN that thing was a pleasure to drive. Thank you to Andretti
Autosport and Road to Indy for giving me the opportunity and to my family and
partners who have gotten me where I am today.”


Rasmussen and Robb regather with teammates Matt
Brabham and Hunter McElrea at Iowa Speedway July 23 for Round Nine of Indy
Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The team returns to Indy Lights action after
McElrea took home the win for Andretti Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The race will air on Peacock with additional coverage on Sirius XM and INDYCAR