After a solid season, Felix Serrallas may be getting set to move his way up the open-wheel ranks as he will test with Andretti Autosport at Sebring International Raceway on November 10 & 11.
“I’m beyond excited to finally get a chance to drive an IndyCar and it’s great to be having that chance with Andretti Autosport. This is something I have been dreaming about since I can remember. I’m so grateful to DCM for making this happen,” he said. “I grew up watching all these drivers and it’s almost like a dream to be able to test and learn from someone like Ryan Hunter-Reay, who I have watched for many years. I’m excited to learn how to drive the most physical car in open-wheel racing. It will help me develop into a better driver, test my fitness and compare myself to the big dogs in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
His manager Henry James expressed excitement about the opportunity, stating his client has worked hard to develop at a fast rate.
“He is a truly humble ambassador of his native Puerto Rico and he has always aimed to make his rise through motorsport an achievement for himself and his country – an attribute about Felix which I value very highly,” he added. “We are collaborating with our commercial partners to continue supporting Felix on his way towards his 2017 campaign and I am sure he will be a worthy addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series. JF Thormann at Andretti Autosport has worked very closely with us to bring together this opportunity for Felix and the Andretti team have shown great willingness to support and promote the commercial interests of Felix’s partners and supporters.
“The team won this year’s Indy 500 with Alexander Rossi, another rookie who rose through the highest levels of single-seater racing in Europe, so I have high hopes of seeing Felix in a similar winning position in the near future.”
Serrallas had a solid season of competition in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, winning the season opener last year at St. Petersburg. He then followed it up with a victory at Iowa Speedway in July, showing his diversity as a driver.
“Felix has had an impressive Indy Lights career so far and is a driver that has shown potential in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system,” Michael Andretti said. “We’re happy to be giving him his first IndyCar Series test, and are excited to see his times.”
If the 24-year-old is able to make the next step of his career, he will become the firs Puerto Rican driver in IndyCar competition.
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