Brit Stoneman makes Indycar test debut at Watkins Glen
Briton Dean Stoneman made his Indycar testing debut with the Andretti Autosport team at Watkins Glen last week.
Former FIA Formula 2 champion Stoneman races in Indy Lights with the squad, and was granted the test alongside Lights teammates Shelby Blackstock and Dalton Kellett as part of Indycar’s drive to run drivers coming up through the Road to Indy ladder.
Stoneman said: “It was a new learning curve for me and I had been really looking forward to it.
“We started by getting a feeling for the car with a quick out-lap and an in-lap, so the engineers look over that data. It was really enjoyable to drive the car and over the runs we were able to get the car to go quicker and quicker. We made more and more improvements.
“I was looking at Alexander [Rossi]’s data compared to mine and just seeing where I could improve. There are some high-speed corners that just rely on confidence from me – knowing what the car is going to do and the way it behaves.”
The Indycar season resumes at Pocono on August 20-21, with the rescheduled Texas race then following before Watkins Glen’s first Indycar event since 2010.
Indy Lights racer Stoneman tested with Andretti