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Panther Racing managing partner John Barnes says he was impressed with the performance of IndyCar rookie Carlos Huertas, who drove Panther’s No. 4 car during a Chevrolet manufacturer test Jan. 17 at Sebring.
“Considering he had never seen an IndyCar before, had never been to Sebring, and we ran a relatively conservative setup, he was extremely competitive all day and never put a wheel off the track,” Barnes said. “In these situations, you look for certain characteristics in a driver, and he had them all, including giving great feedback to our crew, fully understanding the data he was presented with…and utilizing that information to go faster the next time out.”
Colombian native Huertas, 22, competed in Formula Renault 3.5 in Europe last season.
“It was a good experience and I am looking forward to my next opportunity to drive an IndyCar,” he said.
Panther still has yet to confirm its 2014 IndyCar plans.