Fresh off winning Sunday’s Indy Lights race at Road America (above), the fortunes for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Santiago Urrutia continue to improve as an IndyCar test with the team was confirmed.
According to his manager, former Indy Racing League driver Eliseo Salazar, the 2015 Pro Mazda champion and two-time Indy Lights race winner will get his first chance to test a Dallara DW12-Honda next month with SPM at Mid-Ohio.
“It’s going to be July 21st,” Salazar said of the young Uruguayan’s pending IndyCar testing debut.
“Yeah, it’s just a test, but we also need to focus on the Indy Lights championship,” Urrutia added moments after his Lights win. If everything keeps moving like it is now, I think we can arrive [at the season finale] at Laguna Seca with a chance to win the championship.”
Salazar, who recorded two impressive IRL seasons driving for A.J. Foyt from 2000-’01, has also spoken with Foyt about testing Urrutia. Given the long-standing relationship between the Texan and Chilean, and the team’s infrequent ability to score quality results, it’s believed Urrutia is one of many drivers hoping to replace at least one of Foyt’s current drivers in 2017.
“Because of my relationship with [A.J.], and how good [Urrutia] is doing in the points, we hope to get the championship,” Salazar added. “But even if we don’t, a top three is very possible, so we’re talking to many people.”